Olympic cash brings big boost to Boston

Cheque presentation of �86,000 from Sport England to Boston Borough Council for work on the Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre.
Cheque presentation of �86,000 from Sport England to Boston Borough Council for work on the Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre.

OLYMPIC fever will be hitting sports fans in Boston in more than one way this year, as the Games bring almost £250,000 of funding to projects in the area.

Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, Peter Paine Sports Centre and Boston Rowing Club are all set to benefit from major cash boosts, thanks to contributions from the Olympics-backed Inspired Facilities Fund.

The total of £234,649 makes the three groups just some of 350 around the UK to benefit from the fund.

Richard Lewis, chairman of Sport England, which is controlling the fund, said: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Boston. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

Following the £86,000 grant, Geoff Moulder owner Boston Borough Council will be able to complete its work on the recently reopened training pool. The entrance of the centre will be refurbished, as will the changing facilities, plant equipment and tank. The roof over the pool will also be replaced.

It will mark yet another stage in the development of the complex, which has also included new gym equipment and work on the leisure pool.

Centre manager Dave Horry told The Standard: “This will improve facilities for all users and will make it a lot more enjoyable. It means people can swim practically all day, every day. For a town the size of Boston, that is unusual.”

Coun Yvonne Gunter, the council’s portfolio holder for leisure services, added: “I’m over the moon with what’s happened.”

Boston College will receive £99,999 from the fund, which will go towards providing a new dance studio, gym and changing rooms at the Peter Paine Sports Centre, which was handed over from the borough council to the college last year.

Janet Hemmant, vice-principal of corporate services at the college, said: “The centre is a valuable asset to Boston town, but has sadly become a rundown building. We are delighted that with help from the Sport England grant, we are able to renew the facilities for the benefit of Boston College learners and the community.”

The grant comes during a period of huge expansion for the college, which includes moving into the former Ingelow Manor, and building a new on-site sixth form centre.

Boston Rowing Club is also set to benefit from the funding, with £48,650 donated to help improve club facilities. The leaky asbestos roof will be replaced, the car park will be upgraded and capacity for land-based training will be increased.

Membership secretary Nicola Housam praised Adam Berry for his role in getting the cash and added: “This makes it a much better facility for the community.”

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds praised those who had worked to obtain the money. He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for all those who have been involved in lobbying for significant investment in sporting facilities in Boston.

“Investment in sport is very important everywhere. It will get a much wider participation from the people of Boston.”

The three groups are just some of the 350 community sports groups around the UK which have benefited from more than £17.4 million through the Inspired Facilities Fund.