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Kingston receives £40,000 for new indoor sports facility and equipment at children’s respite centre

Kingston Council has secured a £20,000 grant towards an all-weather sports facility for disabled athletes at Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre from London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).

As well as this funding, LMCT has also granted an additional £20,000 to Achieving for Children for new equipment at Moor Lane Children’s Respite Centre.

The proposed single-storey building at the Kingsmeadow site in Norbiton will provide disabled athletes with additional facilities to train in all weather conditions. The funding to Achieving for Children’s new respite centre at Moor Lane, Chessington will help equip its outside space with more games to encourage children and young people with disabilities to be more interactive and physically active. New facilities will include an Eagle’s Nest Swing, a Wheelchair Swing, a multi-gym and sensory panels.

LMCT has granted the funding as part of its Facilities Grants Programme, helping community projects across London and Surrey aimed at getting more people active.

Councillor Andreas Kirsch, portfolio holder for Community at Kingston Council, said:

“Kingston Council is delighted to have secured this funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which will help fund an indoor sports facility for wheelchair users at Weir Archer.

“We would like to thank the London Marathon Charitable Trust for their generosity and everyone involved for their hard work in making this happen.

“It’s imperative that we maximise the resources available to wheelchair users and people with disabilities who are wanting to keep active.”

Councillor Diane White, portfolio holder with responsibility for children’s services, said:

“I’m delighted that Achieving for Children secured this funding as it will add to the excellent facilities at Moor Lane centre and ensure that we provide the best respite care to children with disabilities and their families.”