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Lottery cash for 'run-down' West Midlands sports projects

Maurice Chandler sports centre, Market Drayton Image copyright Google
Image caption A roller hockey rink is to be created at the Maurice Chandler sports centre in Market Drayton

Sports projects across the West Midlands have been awarded a share of £10m in lottery cash to fund improvements.

Sites in Birmingham, Shropshire, Coventry and Warwickshire and Staffordshire are to receive grants from Sport England.

Money was made available to restore sites which were "worn-down, expensive to run and difficult to maintain".

In total 148 projects received funding nationwide, the organisation said.

'Dilapidated courts'

Birmingham's Aston Manor Academy will receive £75,000 to boost community access and its range of extra-curricular activities.

Oldswinford Cricket Club will receive £40,000, while Sutton Coldfield Squash Club is to get £75,000.

In Coventry and Warwickshire, five projects will be awarded grants, including Leamington Rugby Football Club.

It will get £50,000 to upgrade its disabled facilities.

Shropshire's Calverhall Tennis Club is one of four county venues to be awarded £50,000 to turn its "dilapidated courts" into multi-sport pitches.

A purpose-built roller hockey facility at the Maurice Chandler sports centre in Market Drayton will be built using a £50,000 grant.

Alrewas Tennis Club in Staffordshire, will be awarded £50,000 to create two public courts on a patch of unused land in the village.

Another Staffordshire venue, Essington Rugby Union Football Club, will receive £49,850 towards refurbishments, including solar panels at their clubhouse.

Sport England property director Charles Johnston said the funding would have a "long-lasting impact" on grassroots clubs.

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