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23/01/12 London 2012 Inspired Projects Receive Funding - Surrey Heath

Seven community projects in Surrey Heath will receive a special grant to fund events and schemes celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The grants are being awarded by Surrey Heath Borough Council through its 2012 Celebration Fund launched last year inviting people to send in their ideas and bids for community projects inspired by London 2012.

Grants were available for up to 75% of a project cost. Applications from seven schemes were received, all of which were successful in their bids:

  • Friends of Lakeside Primary School have been granted £750 to hold a one day Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiad themed arts and literature exhibition and School Arts project.
  • Surrey Heath Carers Bowling Project has £750 to host an event for carers plus fortnightly bowling sessions for 16 carers over 40 weeks at Camberley Indoor Bowling Club.
  • Local disability groups have been given £750 to plant a fruit and vegetable bed in the shape of the Olympic rings plus themed fence decoration.
  • L&G Acrobatic Gymnastics Club based in Camberley have £750 to host an Olympic themed acrobatic gymnastics show.
  • Twelve borough schools will benefit with £3,600 allocated for one-day sports and theatre based workshops run by education company Eteach to educate children about the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Arena Leisure Centre has been granted £400 to hold a programme of summer exercise classes for people aged 50 and above, at the outdoor gym equipment in Heatherside Recreation Ground.
  • A further £450 has been allocated for two sets of Boccia equipment in the Arena Leisure Centre. Boccia is a Paralympic sport for people with disabilities. The Arena will be offering three months free sports hall use and coaching for those using the new equipment.

Portfolio holder for arts and leisure Councillor Craig Fennell said: "The 2012 Celebration Fund provides a great opportunity for Surrey Heath to join in the celebrations and be part of this once in a lifetime event. It will also inspire more people to get out and be active, maintaining health and fitness, so I'm delighted these grants have been made available. Many excellent ideas and projects were received and I'm looking forward to seeing them being part of the celebrations during this momentous occasion."

For more about what's happening in and around Surrey Heath during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/london2012


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