Any club that has a project that will maximise the sporting benefits of playing fields is invited to apply. That includes improving or creating archery ranges, bringing disused fields back into use, or even supporting the purchase of fields at risk of being lost.
To succeed, applications will have to demonstrate future management, maintenance and sporting use at the site. This means that organisations must own (or intend to own) the freehold, or have a lease for the field of 25 years or longer.
It is the first time archery has been eligible for the funding and the sport's inclusion follows the creation of Archery GB's Facility Strategy and the facility audit conducted in 2013. More than 65 per cent of clubs returned information which allowed Archery GB to prove to Sport England that archery is a playing field sport
"This is great news for archery clubs," said Arran Coggan, Archery GB's Development Manager. "We have worked hard to get our sport included in this funding stream and clubs who might be able to benefit should take a serious look at the opportunity."
Sport England's website contains more information and guidance about Protecting Playing Fields, including how to apply, how an application will be assessed and what Sport England is looking for. The closing date for this round is 24 March 2014.
For further information or guidance contact Arran Coggan on 07525233592 or email email@example.com
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