If you’ve tried different sports clubs around London, you’ll know how some facilities can be a bit dilapidated.
It can be a struggle to fix the fundamental stuff, like filling in that hole in the squash court roof, replacing that bald piece of turf or even just re-doing the markings on the sports centre floor. And we all know that while those will always be the priority, everything behind-the-scenes quietly deteriorates, leaving you with toilets that look like something out of Trainspotting and showers that ming so badly you’re cleaner going into them than you are coming out.
So we were pleased to see a bit of cash coming on-stream to help. Boris and his Sports Commissioner Kate Hoey MP have opened bids for the next wave of funding from the Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund. Sports clubs, community organisations and other not-for-profits can snaffle grants for £5k-£100k to fund up to 60% of the cost of things like changing rooms, physio rooms, spectator seating, evening floodlights or sparkling new showers.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 4 October. Apply here.
Image of Boris and some other VIPs in front of some dilapidated Greek facilities from DCMS’s Flickr stream, provided under the Creative Commons Licence.