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Sport zones project awarded £178,000
Friday 17th May, 2013

A COMMUNITY project to develop sport zones at fire stations in Wigan has been awarded a share of £1 million funding from Sport England.

Wigan Borough Sports Council will receive £177,826 from the National Lottery-funded Community Sport Activation Fund to establish four new sports zones in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The sites will be based in the station yards at Wigan, Leigh, Hindley and Atherton Fire Stations, and will offer multi-sport opportunities including a mobile climbing wall. Training and volunteering programmes will also be available to those taking part.

Chris Essex-Crosby, Community Sports Development Manager at WLCT (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust), which bid for the funding on behalf of the Sports Council, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding, which will allow us to provide more sporting opportunities to people across Wigan.

“We are working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that we provide people with the kind of sporting opportunities that they want, and I look forward to seeing this scheme get off the ground over the next few months.”

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David Acton, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Sports England funding will allow us to open up our fire stations in Wigan to host sporting activities for the community.

“Our fire stations are at the heart of communities and this will provide a unique opportunity for the young people of Wigan to use a fire station to help them keep fit and active.”

As part of the project, the Sports Council is looking to establish a steering group at each fire station. Young people aged between 14-25 who are interested in getting involved should contact Chris Essex-Crosby on 01942 404 983 or at c.essexcrosby@wlct.org

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