Labour County Councillors provide over £3,000 in Locality Budget funding for indoor and outdoor sporting facilities at Inspire Suffolk

Inspire Suffolk, a charity which uses sport as a way to enhance education, bring people together and encourage better health, has received important additional funds for new flooring and white pitch marker from Labour Councillors Mandy Gaylard and Bill Quinton.

Inspire Suffolk aims to helps local people overcome personal challenges and make improvements in their lives by increasing education attainment, health and active participation through sport. To date, over 500,000 young people across Suffolk have benefited from their education, health and sport programmes.

Caro Thornton, Development Officer at Inspire, said “We recently had an instance where a match was called off because the referee deemed the lines not suitable as they had faded. The purchase of the white-line marker will allow us to be able to re-mark our pitch lines and mark out new pitches whenever required.”

Mrs Thornton continued, “Our main indoor facility is the Sports Dome, but the floor covering is torn and missing in places. So many activities take place in the Dome, so the funds for new flooring is especially welcome.”

Cllr Gaylard said, “Sport is very important to the health and wellbeing of people in our communities and Inspire Suffolk has played a prominent part in supporting youngsters in Ipswich for many years. It is a pleasure to be able to provide this locality sponsorship and help ensure that they can continue to deliver this service for many years to come.”

Cllr Quinton said, “Many young people in Priory Heath have benefited directly from using the facilities and programmes at Inspire Suffolk. Whether they have made use of their health or educational programmes, or have just enjoyed the sporting facilities, many of my constituents now have a higher standard of living thanks to this charity. I’m delighted to provide this locality budget funding.”

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