The Olympic legacy of London 2012 is shining brighter than ever at one Lancashire sports club.
New floodlights, paid for with a Sport England grant, have left members of Penwortham Sports and Social Club beaming with delight. And a new-look car park has replaced the pot-holed space used by drivers in the past in a sparkling revamp which is a direct result of the London Games.
“We have all heard so much about the legacy of the Games and how, after they were over, they were meant to benefit sport all across the country,” said bowling section secretary Denise Bright. “Well, our grant proves that it is happening. The Olympics really have left something which will encourage involvement for years to come.”
Crown green lovers at the club in Leyland Road now have a brighter future after struggling along for 20 years with a poorly-lit playing surface. The club applied for a cash handout from Sport England to boost the illumination of their green for evening-time games and they were stunned to hear they had qualified for a whopping £47,000. Officials now hope the improvements to the lights and the car park will help them boost membership.
“We feel very lucky indeed to receive this funding and it’s all a direct result of the London Olympics,” said Denise Bright. “The new lights are real bobby-dazzlers. They will really brighten up the green. The car park, which was in a bit of a state, has now been resurfaced, together with the new lights.”
South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook carried out the official opening and after a tea in the clubhouse, members went outside to test the new lights with a roll-up competition.
They included two families of three generations: Grandma Lorna Jackson with son Paul and grandson Owen took on grandma Barbara Hinchcliffe, daughter Jennifer Iddon and grandson Alex.