NEARLY £28,000 has been put aside to help improve grassroots sport in our area.

The government has allocated £27,756 in funding to go towards new grassroots sports facilities in the Cotswold district.

This will help fund numerous projects such as new changing rooms, pavilions, 3G football turfs, goalposts and floodlights.

Cotswold MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has welcomed this investment and said it will help ensure a 'brighter for all'.

He said: “There is a clear link between feeling your best, both mentally and physically, and exercising regularly.

"That is why I welcome the news that the government is helping people across the Cotswolds get active by investing £27,756 into our grassroots sports facilities.

"The government is sticking to its plan to make sure everyone can access the facilities they need to live an active and healthy lifestyle, ensuring a brighter future for all.” 
Sports minister Stuart Andrew said: “Sport and physical activity are vital to our mental health and wellbeing, and each year thousands of people make a New Year's resolution to exercise more. 
“We know that one of the major barriers in getting active is having access to high-quality sports facilities, which is why we are upgrading 1,100 more pitches, backed by investing £93 million. 
“This government has delivered thousands of new projects across the UK with the aim of getting over 120,000 more people to get active, helping us to make big strides towards meeting our ambitious target of 3.5 million more people active by 2030.”