Sport England Approves Project SALTO Gymnastics Club, through its parent, The SALTO Foundation Limited has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund. SALTO would like to extend its thanks and acknowledge the immensely valuable contributions from teamBedsandLuton, the County Sports Partnership an the Eastern Region Development Team from British Gymnastics in the preparation of this successful application. Sport England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme. SALTO will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding and additional local partner funding of £7500 from the the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation's London Luton Airport Limited Fund and £2000 from the Wixamtree Trust. This project will literally springboard the SALTO Centre into becoming the premier gymnastics facility in Bedforshire. With state of the art training facilities (including pits) and equipment to inspire our gymnasts to reach their full potential and will also become a centre of excellence for coach education, training and development leading to more employment opportunities. The improvements to the SALTO Centre will also showcase Gymnastics talent by hosting local, county and regional competitions, club displays, shows and special events and enhance spectator enjoyment with dedicated permanent tiered seating facilities and improved access for disabled visitors and gymnasts. To celebrate the award, young local people are being invited to a FREE (normally £10) taster session at SALTO Gym Camps to be held on 28th and 29th August 2013 to try out the sport. Please contact Hannah Morrisson, SALTO Club Manager by email or calling the SALTO Centre after 4.30 pm weekdays for Registration details. Places are limited so call early to avoid disappointment. SALTO is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall. Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities Funding from the 21 October 2013. ITV,com/Anglia report lists SALTO Foundation among the 37 projects in Eastern Region click here Luton On Sunday News reports SALTO Gymnastics Club in Luton to receive £50,000 funding to promote Olympic legacy Here are some reactions to the announcement: Sport England's Chair, Nick Bitel, said: "A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Luton. With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the Luton who play such a vital role in grassroots sport." Lloyd Conaway, Director of team BEDS&LUTON the County Sports Partnership said, “SALTO do a fantastic job in the community not only giving grass root opportunities but also developing elite gymnasts. This award is well deserved and will help them continue to thrive as an excellent club.” Chairman of Board of Trustees, Vince Whittaker, said “This is superb news! Its a pivotal point in the development of Salto and a culmination of 20 years in the planning. It will enable Salto to deliver a real Olympic legacy to the children of Luton and Bedfordshire." SALTO Charity Patron, Professor Greg Whyte, PhD DSc FACSM FBASES said "I am delighted that SALTO have been awarded the Legacy 2012 Sport England Inspired Facilities programme grant. SALTO exemplifies the true meaning of 'Legacy' providing inspiration; coaching and facilities which have delivered sporting excellence for young people for over 2 decades. This highly prestigious award will result in improvements to SALTO's already impressive facility and continue to provide legacy long into the future." Mark West, Chief Executive, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation said " We are delighted to support this project and have provided funds from their London Luton Airport Community Awards Fund" Rt. Hon. Kelvin Hopkins MP, Luton North, said, “This award is excellent news for Salto and thoroughly deserved. They are a first class organisation doing a brilliant job for young gymnasts. The Legacy grant will be an exceptional sporting investment.” Rt. Hon. Gavin Shuker MP, Luton South said, "This is an absolutely fantastic outcome for young people in Luton, and I'm delighted to be supporting it. The fact that SALTO received the full grant applied for is further testament to their ongoing success in the town." The real work must now start with detailed planning and commissioning of the work. We expect the project to be completed within 12 months with as minimal disruption to normal operations as possible.