Inspire a generation: Manchester sports clubs to reap benefits of £20,000 Olympic Legacy funding

By Kim Richards

Sports clubs, athletes and coaches across Manchester are enjoying a cut of £20,000 as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

The funding – provided by the Neighbourhood Sports Fund for clubs – and the Champions Charter fund aims to make sports more accessible to people in the city, while also supporting star athletes and their coaches.

Seun Okome is one of the athletes to share the spoils of the Legacy fund, Seun, 17, competed in high jump at school and now the Xaverian College student trains with the Sale Harriers Athletics club.

“This funding will help me to buy the equipment I need to compete. I love jumping and my ambition is to represent Great Britain at the next Olympic Games in Rio,” said Seun.

Other Manchester athletes that have received the vital funding are BMX rider Ricardo Addy Mellor and gymnast Elliott Cooper.

Some of the clubs to obtain the beneficial funds are the Moss Side Leisure Centre, the Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey, Moston Juniors Football Club and the City of Manchester Institute of Gymnastics.

“After the inspiring spectacle of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s more important than ever to support our brightest sporting prospects,” said Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure Councillor Rosa Battle.

“We’re also helping local clubs to offer more people across Manchester the chance to get involved in their chosen sport,” she added.

The Neighbourhood Sports Fund was established to show Manchester City Council’s commitment to building a legacy for the city beyond London 2012.

The Champions Charter fund is run in partnership between Manchester City Council and the Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust to support young athletes and stars of the future.

Rebecca Livesey, Chief Executive of the Manchester Sport & Leisure Trust said: “Through this scheme we’re confident athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs from grass roots through to elite performance benefit from unrivalled opportunities to help them reach their potential – unique to living and participating in Manchester.”

Picture courtesy of Daniel Coomber

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