A Manchester boxing club has become the first beneficiary of a new £17m Olympic legacy fund.
The Moss Side Boxing & Athletics Association was named as the first project to benefit from the Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The club will receive £41,355 of Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at the gym, which has given thousands of people the opportunity to get into sport since opening its doors in 1981.
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, said: “I am delighted that the Moss Side Boxing & Athletics Association is the first to benefit from this funding and hope it goes from strength to strength in the future.”
Beijing Olympic boxers John Murray and his brother Joe have previously both trained at the club.
The fund is part of the £135m Places People Play legacy programme and over 600 sports clubs across England have applied to the first round.
A further 631 sports groups will find out before Christmas whether their bid has been successful, while another 2,000 applications have been put forward by organisations looking to apply in the four remaining funding rounds.
Following the great interest in the fund, Sport England announced that up to £7m of additional funding will be made in the first round.
Grassroots sport is set to be affected by the funding too, with other grants being made available to transform existing buildings into suitable venues for this.
The fund will help to maintain a lasting legacy both before and after London 2012, something that is high on the agenda for the organising committee.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs.
“It shows we’re offering the sporting legacy that people want.”