SPORTS clubs on Wearside have been given a boost with a cash bonanza from the Olympic Legacy programme.
Ashbrooke Sports Club and Philadelphia Cricket and Community Club will receive £49,250 and £50,000 respectively from the Sport England.
The announcement comes as part of a £40million injection for grass-roots sports facilities.
Gerard Harvey, sporting manager at Ashbrooke, said he was overjoyed when he was told the club’s bid had been successful.
“The grant will help us to completely revamp the two main changing rooms and showering facilities as well as the smaller changing rooms,” said Mr Harvey.
“We are a very old club – in fact we celebrated our 125th anniversary last year – and as you can imagine, we often struggle to fund updates.”
Mr Harvey added: “I received advice and encouragement from Sunderland City Council’s People’s Directorate Department and Tyne and Wear Sport.
“In the end, we argued that the improvements would help us to keep present members and encourage others to join – also that they would brighten up the experience of the students, schoolchildren and youngsters on community soccer schemes who also use our facilities.”
Philadelphia Cricket Club chairman Malcolm Pratt said his club’s grant is like “manna from heaven”.
A new kitchen inside the clubhouse is to be built, with toilet improvements also planned.
“We have excellent on-field facilities – everything on the field is fine – but the clubhouse is in desperate need of upgrading,” said Mr Pratt.