The communities of Measham and Oakthorpe are both celebrating after receiving funding for new facilities through North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) £20,000-for-Seven scheme.
Measham Community Leisure Centre landed £10,000 from the council and a further £10,000 from the Minorca Community Fund to build a new climbing wall at the centre.
The new wall in the main hall of the leisure centre will be available to hire out and provides an exciting opportunity for people to try a new and different sport.
Consultations carried out by the leisure centre had identified a need for more activities in the community especially for the 14+ age group. The new climbing wall will help to meet this requirement.
The NWLDC funding comes from the £20,000-for-Seven scheme, which allocates money to community groups looking to improve what they offer to people living in the district.
Also to benefit recently has been Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Acresford Parish Council, which received £10,000 from NWLDC. This money has been used to transform an existing changing room at Oakthorpe Community Leisure Centre into a community multi-media room.
The media room will offer bespoke sessions for the local youth club and will be available for other groups to use too. The project also received funding from Leicestershire County Council’s Shire Grant scheme, Friends of Oakthorpe Village, the village youth club and Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Acresford Parish Council and the Tesco Bags of Help programme, to raise the remaining £10,000 required.
Colin Manifold, Chair of the Measham Leisure Centre Management Committee, said: “This will be another great asset to Measham Leisure Centre going forward and once again we say thank you to NWLDC for the £20,000-for-Seven funding that has enabled us to install this great facility for all to use.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “Community groups continue to do a wonderful job across North West Leicestershire in providing activities for residents.
“I’m very proud that our £20,000-for-Seven scheme supports these groups so that they can offer better facilities for the benefit of the entire community.”
Councillor Louise Richardson, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for Shires grants, said: “The Shire grants fund enables us to invest in community-based initiatives that support those in need across the county.
"We want to encourage groups to come forward and apply.”
Bob Walsh, Chairman of the Minorca Community Fund Committee, said: “The monies from the Minorca Community Fund were used to support many various projects in the three surrounding parishes, each one deemed to be beneficial to the community. The Measham climbing wall project was one such project which we were pleased to support”.
The NWLDC £20,000-for-seven scheme has seen £240,000 handed out to various projects after the public voted on which they felt were most deserving of help.