Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group celebrates after receiving £9720 in National Lottery funding

Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group based in Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme is celebrating today after being awarded £9720 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group will use their funding to install free Wifi throughout the building, as well as a community based Café within the centre reception where our community will be able to socialise and relax in a safe and secure environment. As part of the application, there will be the ability to make use of onsite digital tablets aimed at improving digital literacy and reducing digital exclusion, something that affects many people within our community.

This new National Lottery funding will enable the community run and operated leisure centre to address key social and wellbeing needs within Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent North, addressing the real growing issue of digital and social exclusion. The sports centre will reopen to the public in spring, following the £7.5million refurbishment that is currently being undertaken. The Community Hub and Café will be operational upon reopening.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive. 

Mark Clews, Chair of The Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group said: “We are delighted to have secured this vital funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which will enable us to focus on the mental and social wellbeing of our community, whilst addressing the growing issue of digital exclusion. It is our vision and passion to ensure that Kidsgrove Sports Centre provides a wide range of health and wellbeing activities that appeal to all.”

During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.

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