A playful legacy of the Olympics

A PLAYING field in Embleton will get a new lease of life thanks to £29,030 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England.

The money will be used to improve the drainage at the site, which is used by both Embleton Cricket Club and Embleton Football Club.

It will allow both to boost their junior sides, which have been hit by dwindling numbers due to the poor state of the pitch – the village’s only outdoor playing field space but has suffered from severe water-logging, limiting its use.

The National Lottery funding, which guarantees the future of the pitch for decades, comes from the latest round of Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Olympic legacy fund.

Raymond Carss, representing the users of Embleton Playing Fields, said: “The grant being given to the village by this Sport England Olympic fund is a great boost to the local community and will enable many more activities to go ahead now that the playing fields will be accessible the whole year round.

“We must also mention the enormous amount of help and time given by Victoria Brady at North County Leisure towards the funding process, without her help we may not have achieved the very generous grant that we have received.

“Finally, the community as a whole thank the Sport England Olympic legacy fund for our grant.”

Embleton Cricket and Football Clubs are among 61 sports clubs and community groups across England to benefit from more than £2million of funding in the second round of Protecting Playing Fields, 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 investments will bring disused playing fields back into use, improve existing sites or create new sports pitches.

Additional funding has also been received from The Knott Trust (£3,000), John Taylor Local Community Fund (£2,000), Joicey Trust (£1,250), Embleton Parish Council (£1,000) and Carr Ellison Trust (£50).

The site is set to become a Queen Elizabeth II Field after the it was agreed to dedicate it in perpetuity.

This is thanks to a partnership with Fields in Trust (FIT), which is running the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge as part of the programme to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.