Scarborough Indoor Bowling Centre is heading for a brighter future, thanks to £50,000 Olympics legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
The fund is part of the £135m Places People Play programme bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.
And every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark celebrating the link with the games.
The Scarborough funding will help to upgrade the lighting at the bowls centre, focussing on a complete new LED panel lighting scheme throughout the building.
This will improve lighting levels and give a cleaner, crisper more natural light and - a bonus - help reduce the centre’s future energy bills.
Maintenance costs will also be reduced as the new units are designed to last up to five times longer than those presently installed.
Savings made on the energy bills will be invested in extending coaching courses which welcome junior school children, young adults, parents and grandparents.
Qualified coaches are on hand to arrange free taster and affordable coaching sessions.
Sports England chairman Richard Lewis commented: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for the Scarborough area.
“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2013 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”
Joint Scarborough club chairmen Margaret Fletcher and Les Banks said they were delighted to have the funding which would allow the upgrading of the centre.
Local MP Robert Goodwill said it was fantastic news for Scarborough and its surrounding villages where there had always been a strong bowls tradition.
It was an investment in the next generation of bowling stars.
The improvement work at SIBC is one of hundreds of projects benefiting from lottery investment.
Sport England has also launched another £10m funding round to help local community sports groups to update their facilities.