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14 October 2015

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Hindleap Warren outdoor education centre in the Ashdown Forest has received £75,000 from Sports England’s Inspired Facilities fund to help refurbish the swimming pool. The local education centre in Ashdown is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of the £110 million on offer.

Hindleap Warren is one of our outdoor education centres which provides gold standard outdoor education and personal development opportunities to local schools, youth clubs, children and young people across the UK, particularly those with disabilities. Over 8,200 young people visit the pool at Hindleap each year.

Throughout the past 50 years, the centre has delivered adventure, learning and development to nearly 300,000 young people. However, the availability of good quality outdoor education is under threat, Hindleap’s facilities are under pressure, and young people’s educational needs are constantly changing. Nevertheless, the value and development learning away from the classroom can offer still remains just as crucial, if not more so, today.

This generous grant from Sport England is part of London Youth’s exciting My Hindleap capital appeal. My Hindleap aims to secure £1.2 million of investment into Hindleap’s activities and infrastructure so London Youth can continue to deliver exemplary outdoor education to 100,000 young people over the next 10 years.  At least 20,000 of these young people are facing disadvantage and/or have a disability.

Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport. The generous donation from Sports England will go towards replacing the pool’s basic systems, and retiling the pool surroundings.

Commenting on their recent donation, Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said:

“The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

Rosie Ferguson, Chief Executive at London Youth, is delighted that Hindleap Warren will benefit from Sport England’s funding, commenting:

“It is fantastic that Sport England, through their Inspired Facilities Fund, is supporting the refurbishment of Hindleap Warren’s swimming pool. Our member youth clubs that visit Hindleap always talk so positively of their experience at the swimming pool and the fact that these improvements will support more young people from local area and London to be active is a real boost.”