£475,000 Olympic legacy boost for East Midlands sports playing fields

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A Derbyshire community football club that needs to expand to cope with demand from local people is one of 11 East Midlands projects sharing a £475,000 Olympic legacy windfall from Sport England.

Ashbourne Football Club is receiving £50,000 of National Lottery investment in the second round of Protecting Playing Fields legacy funding. This project will reclaim derelict land where a Nestle factory once stood to create a new full-sized grass football pitch. The club's current site is currently being used to its full capacity and the club, which has two men's and two women's teams, had exhausted all other options for expansion.

Protecting Playing Fields is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the inspiration and magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities all over the country. The funding is bringing disused playing fields back into use, improving existing sites and creating new sports pitches.

Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "These investments will transform the local pitches where many young people have their first experience of sport. With all of these playing fields safe from development for at least a generation, communities across the East Midlands can look forward to years of sporting enjoyment.

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