KING’S LYNN: Olympic legacy cash will go towards Kingsway project

Lynn is set to benefit from the legacy of the London Olympics after securing almost £150,000 of funding for sports field improvements.

Almost £300,000 will now be spent on new facilities at the Kingsway playing fields after the Sport England grant was confirmed to West Norfolk Council, who have also committed £150,000 to the work.

News of the grant was announced to councillors at their meeting in Lynn Town Hall on Thursday night.

The money will be used to develop a range of new facilities, including four new changing rooms, two rooms for officials and storage areas.

David Pope, the authority’s cabinet member for assets, said it was hoped the project would be completed in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.

He said: “The facilities at the Kingsway playing field are some 40-odd years old and are simply not up to an appropriate standard for the club to host matches and encourage more teams to play there.

“The pitches are well used and we are confident that by improving the facilities even more people will come along and make use of them.”

Sport England’s share of the cash will come from the Inspiring Facilities Fund, part of a £150 million programme which officials hope will create a lasting legacy of last summer’s Olympics and Paralympics.

The council bid for the money in conjunction with the North Lynn Discovery Centre, whose manager Jimmy Yallop hailed the award.

He said: “For years North Lynn and North End have been home to some of the best football teams in the town and many of today’s managers and coaches originated from the area. This grant is fantastic news for the club and for grass roots football in the area. We are now working on detailed plans with the borough council.”

A lasting legacy for lynn?

The plan to develop new facilities at the Kingsway playing fields is one of more than 300 projects across England which has secured money from the third round of awards from the Inspired Facilities fund.
Sport England chairman Richard Lewis said: “This investment is helping us deliver a lasting Sporting legacy in King’s Lynn.

“This is the legacy that people want for their local community.”

Is funding still available?

Groups can apply for funding until March 4. For more details, visit