A run for their money: Louth Athletic Club get £50,000 boost

Louth Athletic Club
Louth Athletic Club

Louth Athletic Club is one of the lucky local sports projects to secure a share of £17 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The club has received a £50,000 grant from Sport England’s ‘Inspired Facilities’ fund.

Since 2011, the fund has been helping to breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.

Funding also went to 324 other lucky sports groups across the country.

Louth Athletic Club will use the money to level its London Road ground and install an all-weather eight lane running track.

Over the last 30 years, the club has helped thousands of young people into sport, and the club intend to use their £50,000 grant to continue to encourage many more to take up athletics.

The project includes reinstating the long jump, discus circle and cage, shot putt circle and to provide Louth Old Boys Football Club with another much needed football pitch.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country.

“It’s great to see Louth Athletic Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Louth Athletic Club Chairperson, Sue Murfin, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this investment, which means we can install a running track .

“This was always the dream of the late Pete Geeson, who was a founder member of the club and chairman for many years, but who sadly passed away three years ago.

“It will be an honour to lead the club forward to have an outstanding athletic club as a result of the 2012 Olympics legacy.

“Thanks must go to all those who have supported us in our bid for funding including our local MP Sir Peter Tapsell, Louth Town Council, local primary and secondary schools and other local sports clubs.”