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Over the last 12 months Legacy Leisure, a non-profit charitable organisation which operates leisure facilities on behalf of Parkwood Leisure, has supported a wide range of community-focused fitness activities through its Community Grant Fund which is helping to increase physical activity in local areas.

In Berkshire, a number of sports clubs including Cowbridge Karate Club, Newbury Swimming Club, Desborough Town Walking Football Club and Whipton Youth FC Under 11’s, have all benefited after being awarded funding of £500 each. 

Cowbridge Karate Club purchased new kit with the funding and this has enabled the club to increase their scope of training activities and attract new members.  Newbury District Swimming Club used its £500 towards the replacement of new starting blocks while Desborough Town Walking Football Club and Whipton Youth FC Under 11’s both used their funding to purchase new training equipment.

Sport in Mind, a Berkshire-based charity which helps people experiencing mental health problems to get into physical activity, used the £500 grant to help run its sport and physical activity programme. The programme has been hugely popular, and has achieved very positive health outcomes with 93% of attendees reporting improved mental wellbeing and 90% noting enhanced self-esteem.

Two deserving individuals have also benefitted from the Community Grant Fund - Kevin Wallace, an experienced British Triathlon Coach, and Katie Gumbrell, UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness and teacher of vulnerable primary school aged children.  



Kevin founded the Windsor-based Evolution Triathlon Club, which was awarded £500 earlier this year to support its ‘Try a Tri’ initiative to encourage more people to take up Triathlon.  As part of the England Athletics ‘RunTogether’ recreational running programme, coach Katie Gumbrell used the grant funding of £200 to establish an 8-week course at the Tilehurst RunTogether club for local people who are new to running as well as support those returning to running. 

Eva Holmes, Chair of Legacy Leisure, explains: “We’re thrilled to support the continued success of the Legacy Leisure Community Grant Funds and see the difference it is making to improve the lives of local people. In just 12 months, we’ve helped to fund a range of fantastic programmes and assist clubs who are very deserving of our support.

“I’d encourage those who organise community-based activities which help benefit the health and wellbeing of local communities to apply for our Community Grant Fund if you need financial help.”

Applications for the Legacy Leisure Community Grant Fund are considered on a quarterly basis with applications running October-December, January-March, April-June, July-September.

For more information and application details, visit our Community Grant page.