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Lottery cash boost for cycling in Suffolk

19 February 10 16:54 GMT

More than £350,000 of National Lottery funding has been awarded by Sport England to promote cycling in Suffolk.

The grant for £372,000 came from the £10m Rural Communities Fund after research showed low sports participation rates in rural areas.

The money will pay for more than 2,000 children to participate in British Cycling's Go-Ride scheme which aims to encourage the sport.

It will also pay for 2,000 people to take part in village cycling schemes.

Professor Bill Tancred, ex-Olympian and chairman of Suffolk Sport, said: "I'm absolutely delighted for Suffolk to hear this news. This investment from Sport England will provide a massive boost for cycling, sport and physical activity in Suffolk".

Sport England's chairman Richard Lewis said: "Everyone should have the opportunity to find the sport they really enjoy.

"The projects we're investing in today, such as Cycle Suffolk, will help us tackle the barriers to participation in rural communities, by delivering sustainable sporting opportunities to thousands of people."

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