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Mayor gives 65,000 Olympic legacy cash to SE1 projects

Two SE1 organisations are among 20 groups across London to receive a share of £1 million from the Mayor of London's Sports Legacy Fund.

Colombo Centre's 5-a-side football pitches
Colombo Centre's 5-a-side football pitches
Kate Hoey MP
Kate Hoey MP

The cash injection for 20 different projects is the latest to be awarded from the Mayor's 15.5 million Sports Legacy Fund, which with match funding and private sector investment now stands at over 30 million.

The London Nautical School has received a grant of 45,000 to enable it to buy six new boats, trailer and associated equipment.

The Colombo Centre will receive 20,000 to enable it to refurbish the two artificial grass 5-a-side football pitches on Hatfields. The football pitches were opened six years ago and now require some work.

"London's green playing fields and recreation grounds are vital community hubs where the people of this great city can let off steam and come together through sport," says Boris Johnson.

"We must do all we can to protect them for future generations to enjoy and a great way of ensuring this is by investing in and improving the facilities they offer.

"As we head ever closer to the games in 2012 this latest round of funding has been carefully targeted towards projects that will help to inspire even more Londoners to try out something new to help them get fit and active."

Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall and the Mayor of London's commissioner for sport, added, "I am hugely grateful to the Mayor for his continued backing for grassroots sport.

"Sports facilities, including playing fields, have not been a high enough priority for many years. In London, we are now doing all we can to ensure that this changes.

"Through programmes such as this, we are helping to ensure that Londoners have proper access to a range of good-quality, affordable sporting opportunities."

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