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The London Marathon Trust announces new grants totalling £1 million

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has today announced new grants totalling more than £1 million for projects in London, Surrey and South Northamptonshire, taking the total amount of money awarded in The Trust's history to more than £68 million.

The latest grants include £140,000 to English National Ballet towards a community Engagement Space at the organisation's new home on London City Island, which it will share with English National Ballet School. The new building will host a range of accessible and inclusive classes such as Dance for Parkinson's, Dance for Dementia, BalletActive for girls, BalletFit, Pilates and yoga.

English National Ballet's Executive Director, Patrick Harrison, said: "We are thrilled by the support of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, which will allow us to deliver our already successful engagement programmes, such as Dance for Parkinson's, to their full potential. When we move to our new building next year, we will have three times the footprint we currently have, and will be able to welcome a wider range of people. This grant will create space for us to develop new programmes, tailored to our new East London community, who we will invite to be physically active in our building, and inspire to do more elsewhere."

Jubilee Hall Trust received £165,000 towards remodelling and refurbishing Jubilee Hall Gym which will support growth in female membership and participation, allow more targeted work with older people, engage and support local people from lower socio-economic groups to access the facilities and allow the charity to re-establish a GP referral scheme at the site.

Phil Rumbelow, the charity's Chief Executive, said: "Covent Garden's Jubilee Hall was originally built by the Duke of Bedford in 1897 to house flowers, and was then saved from developers by a group of local activists in the 1970's, and first opened its doors as a community sports centre in January 1978. This year, the charity celebrates its 40th anniversary, and we aim to restore the Jubilee Hall gym to its rightful place as a thriving and iconic central London community asset, which enables more people to get more active, more often.

"This very generous grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust will ensure that we can maximise our Grade II listed building's attributes, to provide a unique workout space for our most disadvantaged local residents, and help address the health inequalities that exist in this part of our capital city."

Other major grants include £175,000 to two community pavilions in Surrey which will support the delivery of cricket, football and various other sports and physical activities to people of all ages and abilities. Capel Sports Pavilion was awarded a grant of £100,000 and Valley End Cricket Club received an award of £75,000.

Anthony Birch, Chair of Capel Sports Pavilion charity, said: "We have been fundraising for many years to provide a better sports facility for our community and one that could be used by everyone. This is a crucial grant which will make the project possible. The support from The London Marathon Charitable Trust throughout our bid has been superb. This fantastic award means that we can now achieve our dream of providing our community with a facility that will make a difference to many people's lives."

Ray Ferris, Development Director at Valley End Cricket Club, said: "We are delighted and extremely grateful to have received this generous grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust. The project team have been working for over 5 years to pull the required funding together to make the dream of a new pavilion for the Cricket Club and community a reality. This award will make the difference between being able to build this year or extending the project into 2020/21. As well as helping us serve all our cricket playing members that include over 250 youth and disability cricketers it will help us provide a great facility for the local community."

Two London Councils received grants totalling £175,000 to upgrade key community play facilities which will offer a range of inclusive and exciting play opportunities for children and young people.

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames was awarded a grant of £100,000 towards improvements to Woodgate Avenue Playground which will provide more stimulating and accessible play opportunities for local children and young people in partnership with Our Parks and Yorda Adventures.

Cllr Phil Doyle, Lead Member for Resident Services for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said: "We're very pleased to have been awarded this funding from The London Marathon Charitable Trust to improve one of the playgrounds in our borough. The grant will contribute towards buying and installing new play and recreational equipment in Woodgate Avenue playground for children and their families to enjoy. The improvement works will complement our ongoing £2 million investment into Kingston's parks, which will benefit the local community for generations to come. We will be working with community groups to encourage people who don't regularly exercise to get active, which will improve their health and wellbeing."

The London Borough of Hackney was awarded £75,000 towards transforming Daubeney Fields Play Area in order to provide high quality play opportunities for children and young people, helping to address high childhood obesity levels within the local area. Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport & Parks, said: "Most homes near Daubeney Fields are flats without gardens, so it's really important for children to have good quality outdoor space to play in. I'm delighted that we have received this funding so we can provide even better facilities for local children to get active and play outdoors"

Reigate Rugby Club was awarded £45,000 towards the creation of a new rugby training pitch which will support the delivery of initiatives such as Touch Rugby aimed and engaging participants who are new to the sport, particularly children and young people.

"Reigate Rugby Club is absolutely delighted that The London Marathon Charitable Trust has chosen to support our club to create a new training pitch," Mike Jarvis, Reigate RFC President, added. "The principle objective of the club is to provide facilities for and promote the participation of sport by the whole community. The club is working hard to support the next generation and this grant will enable us to fulfil our vision and expand our facilities to cope with an increasing number of youngsters and women interested in rugby and to enable us to provide our facilities to groups outside of rugby."

In total, 19 grants were awarded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust totalling £1,014,590. Of those grants, £712,250 were awarded to projects in London boroughs, £276,000 to four projects in Surrey and £26,340 awarded to two projects in South Northamptonshire.

The Trust's mission is to help make available high-quality, accessible and affordable opportunities for sport, play and physical activity, primarily in the areas in which London Marathon Events Limited organises mass-participation sporting events. The funding goes towards facilities projects that inspire increased participation in physical activity, sport and play. The Trust supports organisations with a clear commitment to getting people more active and effective strategies for helping people to build physical activity into their daily lives.

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: "We are in the midst of a physical inactivity and obesity crisis. The long term health and wellbeing of children and young people is at serious risk due to the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles. At the same time, certain sections of the population are much more likely to suffer the adverse consequences of being inactive. Continued investment in accessible and inclusive facilities and opportunities to be physically active has never been more important.

The Trust provides grants to organisations which can demonstrate a real commitment to engaging and supporting the whole community to be more active, more often."

The full breakdown of grants awarded is as follows:

Location Grantee Description Award
Westminster Jubilee Hall Trust Towards remodelling and refurbishing Jubilee Hall Gym which will support growth in female membership and participation, allow more targeted work with older people, engage and support local people from lower socio-economic groups to access the facilities and allow the charity to re-establish a GP referral scheme at the site.  £165,000.00
Tower Hamlets English National Ballet Towards a community Engagement Space at the organisation’s new home on London City Island, which it will share with English National Ballet School.  The new building will host a range of accessible and inclusive classes such as Dance for Parkinson's, Dance for Dementia, BalletActive for girls, BalletFit, Pilates and yoga. £140,000.00
Surrey Capel Sports Pavilion Towards remodelling and refurbishing the pavilion in order to provide more accessible and appropriate facilities for a wide range of users, and specifically to encourage the participation of girls and women in football and cricket. £100,000.00
Tower Hamlets Repton Amateur Boxing Club Towards renovation of the roof at Repton Amateur Boxing Club to safeguard the future of an important community asset and support the sustainability of a successful community club with a long track record of engaging and supporting hard to reach groups to participate in boxing. £100,000.00
Kingston Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Towards improvements to Woodgate Avenue Playground which will provide more stimulating and accessible play opportunities for local children and young people and support formal use by organisations such as Our Parks and Yorda Adventures who work with physically inactive target groups. £100,000.00
Surrey Valley End Cricket Club Towards the construction of a new pavilion offering high quality, accessible facilities to the club's growing membership and particularly benefitting chiodren and young people, people with a disability and the local community, who will have access to the new facilities for a rnage of activities. £75,000.00
Hackney London Borough of Hackney Towards improvements to Daubeney Fields Play Area which will provide high quality play opportunities for children and young people, helping to address high childhood obesity levels within the local area. £75,000.00
Surrey Claygate Recreation Ground Trust Towards the construction of a new community clubhouse which will host a variety of community activities and physical activity sessions, such as table tennis, yoga, pilates and chair based exercise for the elderly. £56,000.00
Surrey Reigate Rugby Football Club Towards the creation of a new rugby training pitch which will primarily be used by children and young people and will support the delivery of initiatives such as Touch Rugby aimed and engaging participants who are new to the sport. £45,000.00
Hounslow Heathrow School of Gymnastics and Dance Towards the installation of a sprung floor to provide the best rebound and safe surfaces for children and adults to participate in a variety of gymnastics, fitness and dance activities.  £20,000.00
Wandsworth London Borough of Wandsworth Towards the purchase of bespoke gym equipment which will improve the existing indoor gym and support individuals with severe and complex disabilities & additional needs to become and remain physically active. £20,000.00
Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Towards a brand new outdoor gym area within the Lancaster Court estate which will enable individuals of all ages and abilities to participate in physical activity and will support parents to get active whilst children participate on the co-located ball court. £20,000.00
Havering YMCA Thames Gateway Towards the refurbishment and re-marking of the sports hall at YMCA Romford which will support varied audiences and encourage inactive people of mixed abilities to participate in a range of sports. £18,750.00
Bexley London Borough of Bexley Towards the purchase of new boats to enable inactive adults, especially women, to take part in sailing. £15,000.00
Camden The Winchester Project Ltd Towards the purchase of a new adventure playground which will provide a safe and local outdoor facility for children and young people living in deprived communities. £15,000.00
Barnet London Borough of Barnet Towards an outdoor play and sports activity shelter for children with Autism and SEN attending Childs Hill School during and outside curriculum time. £13,500.00
South Northamptonshire Croughton Playing Field & Village Hall Towards the main play area at Croughton Playing Fields which will provide a brand new facility for 6-12 year olds to be active and play locally within a rural setting. £13,500.00
South Northamptonshire Croughton Playing Field & Village Hall Towards the refurbishment of the damaged MUGA to provide a brand new outdoor facility to support the activity of children, adults, local groups and sports clubs in a rural locality. £12,840.00
Harrow London Borough of Harrow Towards the creation of an accessible studio at Harrow Arts Centre which will provide a dedicated space for children, older adults and people with disabilities & additional needs to get active through a varied programme of dance and physical activities. £10,000.00
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED £1,014,590.00