Sport England Protecting Playing Fields fund available

COMMUNITIES can now start bidding for a share of £2 million to protect and improve their local sports playing fields.

The National Lottery investment is on offer in the latest round of Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund to enhance local playing fields or create new sports pitches.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for sports groups to celebrate this summer’s Games by improving local sports pitches. Every playing field that benefits will be protected from developers for at least 25 years, giving a generation of young people great places to learn sport.”

Through the Protecting Playing Fields fund, Sport England is making investments of between £20,000 and £50,000 to create, improve and protect playing fields by - bringing disused playing fields back into use; Improving the condition of pitches; Buying new playing field land; Buying existing playing field land where there is a known threat, such as the expiry of a lease or a development proposal.