Iconic Facilities

World-leading facilities are not simply the most attractive in terms of design, nor the most advanced in terms of equipment - they are sustainable in their operation and focused on their users. Our Iconic Facilities fund has drawn on the inspirational pull of London 2012 to create local beacons for grassroots sport.

We are investing over £30 million in National Lottery funding into innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facility projects. These facilities will deliver against local authority and national governing body facility priorities, whilst also demonstrating long-term financial viability. The facilities supported through this fund carry the London 2012 Inspire Mark, a permanent celebration of their role in the legacy of the Games.

Iconic Facilities is aimed at turning a small number of key local community sport facilities into some of the best in the country in order to help more people play sport. Twenty-six projects have now been supported through three rounds of funding, examples include:

Worcester Community Sports Arena

We awarded £1.5 million to the University of Worcester to transform a derelict site into the Worcester Community Sports Arena, which offers:

  • A new 12-court sports hall that will be a thriving sports hub for students, the local community and sports governing bodies
  • A welcoming home for local sports clubs in basketball, netball, badminton, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and blind football
  • A centre of excellence for disability sport

Dawley Sports and Learning Community facility

We invested £1.5m into Telford and Wrekin Council for the new Dawley Sports and Learning Community facility, which will include:

  • A new eight-court sports hall, health and fitness suite and national standard BMX outdoor track
  • A new artificial grass pitch and high-quality grass sports pitches
  • A major regional base for cycling, rugby league and table tennis
  • Co-location of sport with education and health services and improved school and club links

Derby City Council

£3 million has been awarded to Derby City Council to support two key facilities in their Leisure Strategy:

  • A new multi-sport arena being built next to Derby’s Pride Park Stadium which will include fitness and wellbeing facilities, a sports infield the size of 12 badminton courts surrounded by a national standard 250 metre indoor velodrome as well as a 1.5km outdoor closed cycle circuit
  • A new 50m swimming pool facility with spectator areas, health and wellbeing facilities, lifestyle advice services and sports activity areas