Kent and Surrey sport facilities get Olympic cash

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A school in Surrey and a bowling club in Kent are among 56 projects in south east England to receive Olympic legacy funding from the National Lottery.

George Abbot School in Woodruff Avenue, Guildford, is to get £122,500 to meet half the cost of building an artificial turf pitch with floodlights.

Margate Bowling Club, in Cliftonville, will get £46,000 improve the playing surface and renovate the clubhouse.

Sport England said the 56 projects had together received £2.9m of funding.

George Abbot head teacher, Danny Moloney, said the new pitch would transform students' experience of sport, enabling new sports such as hockey to be played.

Lessons would no longer have to be cancelled because of a waterlogged field.

'Community sports'

It is hoped the new pitch, which will also be used by local clubs in the evenings and weekends, will be built in time for the new school year in September.

The school's PTA is raising the rest of the funding.

Margate Bowling Club chairman John McDonald said: "Our project will improve facilities at our club and give people in Thanet the opportunity to play bowls both competitively and socially."

The funding comes in the latest round of Sport England's Inspired Facilities programme in the wake of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"This lottery money is all about improving and developing community sports," said Sport England spokeswoman Hannah Bladen.

"Things like improving the playing surfaces, roofs, boilers and changing rooms and making it altogether a better sporting experience."

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