Nottinghamshire County Council Approves $1.6M Olympic Sport Fund
Sports clubs and organizations in Nottinghamshire "are set to be given £1M ($1.6M) to help capitalise on the popularity of the Olympics and Paralympics," according to the BBC. Nottinghamshire County Council said that "the fund would support sports development across the county." It has also proposed funding of £900,000 ($1.4M) for Trent Bridge cricket ground to help secure Ashes tests. The authority said that "the money would form a lasting legacy for a golden future of sport in Nottinghamshire. The county council said that the £1M Olympic and Paralympic Legacy pot "will help local sports organizations promote sport and nurture talent to find the sports stars of the future" (BBC, 10/9). ITV reported that Sebastian Coe "has backed plans from Nottinghamshire County Council's investment plans." The council claims that it is "the first authority in the U.K. to respond to his London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy plea." Plans are to be announced at a Sporting Legacy reception Tuesday night at Trent Bridge, which will honor the county's London 2012 stars (ITV, 10/9).