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The London Marathon Charitable Trust 2017 review

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded more than £3.3 million to 69 projects in London, Surrey and Northamptonshire throughout 2017, making the total amount of money awarded in The Trust’s history to more than £67 million.

It has been a hugely successful year for The Trust beginning with £1.02 million awarded to various projects in February, including £300,000 to The Royal Parks towards improvements to the outdoor sports facilities in Hyde Park and Regents Park. The funding is aimed at improving the quality and range of sport and physical activity facilities available to local communities in the City of Westminster.

Following February’s bumper announcement, more than £835,000 was awarded to projects in May, including £117,246 to Chestnut Grove Academy in Wandsworth towards a new three court multi-use games area with floodlighting and all-weather surfaces. The facility will be available for use outside of school hours for community groups, among them the charity Football Beyond Borders which uses football as a tool to engage disadvantaged young people in positive activity.  

Surrey based sports projects received a total of £265,000 in July with Camberley RFC awarded £30,000 to fund a new self-contained female changing room for the improvement of facilities for women and girls at the club, while also encouraging others to join. West End Bowls Club in Surrey Heath benefitted from £100,000 to extend their current clubhouse to offer year round short mat bowls and low impact exercise classes aimed at getting older people more physically active.

November saw the announcement of another £635,000 grants, pushing the total awarded by The Trust this year to over £67 million. Among the November grants, Towcestrians Sports Club received £150,000 towards the purchase of an additional eight acres of land for the development of multi-sports facilities in South Northamptonshire.

Alongside the multiple new grants awarded this year, The Trust also witnessed the much-anticipated opening of The London Marathon Community Track at the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Trust provided the biggest single grant in its history, £3.45 million, to construct the Track and were there to assist it’s opening in October.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently said: “The Virgin Money London Marathon and Prudential RideLondon are massive highlights of the year…but what often fails to get the recognition it deserves is the vast amount of support the London Marathon Charitable Trust provides for our communities. The grants they have announced…will make a big difference...and huge thanks must go to everyone who has contributed to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.”

Of the 69 grants, £2,337,514 were awarded to projects in London boroughs, £775,149 to projects in Surrey and £199,999 to projects in Northamptonshire.