LEISURE bosses in Pendle have welcomed a £50,000 grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

The cash, which will be match-funded by Pendle Council, will pay for the resurfacing of the track at Seedhill Athletics and Fitness Centre, in Nelson.

The facility will now carry the London 2012 Inspire mark, celebrating the link to the Games.

Phil Storey, Pendle Leisure Trust’s chief executive, said: “I am pleased to announce that we have been successful with our application from Sport England to re-surface the running track and discus circle at Seedhill Athletics and Fitness Centre.

“Sport England has offered us a grant award of £50,000 towards the total project.

“In addition to this, we would also like to thank Pendle Borough Council for its financial contribution and continued support in our partnership.”

Pendle MP, Andrew Stephenson said: “This is great news from Sport England and follows other good news about sporting facilities across Pendle.

“The Olympic moto was to ‘Inspire a Generation’ and with the fantastic team at Pendle Leisure Trust, supported by Sport England, it’s definitely achievable.”

Last week plans for a cycling facility at Swinden playing fields, in Nelson, were awarded a £30,000 grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.