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Thirty four fields express desire to be protected forever

 Sport England have recently announced the results of their latest round of Protecting Playing Fields Fund.

More local sports fields across the country are to be safeguarded and improved after Sport England announced a 50% boost to its Protecting Playing Fields Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund. 

Following a record number of bids, 75 projects have been successful in the latest funding round and will share a total of £3.5 million. All will be protected for at least 25 years. Dozens more organisations will be able to bid for investment when a further funding round opens on 10 June.

With all 76 playing fields protected for 25 years, 34 of them wish to become Queen Elizabeth II Fields after agreeing to dedicate their playing field in “perpetuity”.  This is thanks to a partnership with Fields in Trust (FIT) which is running the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge as part of the programme to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: “Fields in Trust is delighted that so many of the award recipients will permanently protect their playing field through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. The programme has been a huge success and ensured that communities across the UK will have access to vital outdoor space for generations to come. Investment to improve spaces and increase participation is always much needed and so it is fantastic to see an increase in the funding provided by Protecting Playing Fields fund.” 

The next round opens on the 10 June and closes on 5 August 2013.