Could Cranbrook get £13m funding for sports?

PUBLISHED: 12:15 18 November 2017

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Cranbrook could receive ‘significant’ funding – possibly as much as £13million – to accelerate additional sports facilities for youngsters.

The money would be from Sport England – a distributor of Treasury and Lottery funds.

The Exeter area – including Cranbrook – is being considered for the funding, giving access to different types of sport.

At Cranbrook Town Council’s meeting on October 23, Cllr Matt Osborn reported on the second meeting with Sport England. He told councillors it went well, particularly when Sport England representatives learnt about some of the sports facilities already in place.

Cllr Osborn told Sport England that he was concerned about the age of the town’s youth, and what might happen in five years’ time if more sports facilities were not forthcoming, quickly.

“Unless we engage youth with extracurricular activities or sport, we are going to have a problem on our hands.”

Cllr Osborn said that he had told Sport England that the potential funding would act as an accelerant.

“They’ve gone away, impressed with our overall bid,” he said. “The key part is not to become a subsidiary of Exeter. We need to be a major recipient [of the funding], otherwise it could be just frittered away in 20 different projects in Exeter.

“My route would be to say, ‘Look we have already got a certain step in the right direction, but what we need is that real giant stride to get this accomplished quickly’.”

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