Community groups and charities have secured almost £2.3million thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival over the past four years.
Sixty-seven Surrey organisations have been handed grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which gives out proceeds from RideLondon, since the inaugural event in 2013.
The latest groups to receive grants are a boat club, tennis club and recreation ground trust which secured £148,000 between them, taking the total sum awarded over four years to £2.29million.
Bagshot and Crawley Rise Tennis Club was awarded a grant of £20,000 towards the resurfacing of two tennis courts which will enable the club to continue to encourage those who are inactive to take up the sport, while Staines Boat Club was awarded £110,150 towards a new boat house which will allow the club to offer a wider range of activities.
Coopers Hill Recreation Trust was handed £18,000 towards floodlights around two tennis courts at Coopers Hill, near Englefield Green, to encourage people to play all year round.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants to projects which get more people participating in sport as part of its programme to give out proceeds from events such as RideLondon. Awards are made four times a year and details of how to apply are on the trust’s website.
Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Not only does RideLondon showcase Surrey to the world and give an economic boost, it creates a lasting legacy for grassroots groups across the county through these generous grants. Sixty-seven groups have now benefited to the tune of almost £2.3million and there can be no doubt the projects and facilities the awards have funded will continue inspiring people to get active for years to come.”
Full details of the latest grants can be found in a press release on the trust’s website.
Prudential RideLondon returns to Surrey for a fifth year on Sunday 30 July. For more information, visit the organiser’s website.
The map above shows the 67 projects around Surrey which have benefited from almost £2.3million thanks to the county’s involvement in the RideLondon events.