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Yorkshire Subterranean Society receives £20,000 National Lottery funding
10:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A North Craven based caving club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The Yorkshire Subterranean Society will receive £20,000 National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities at its Helwith Bridge clubhouse to provide a specialised rope training facility for use by all cavers.
Since 2007, the society has helped hundreds people experience caving through the British Caving Association’s Try Caving initiative, Now it wants to add a two-storey extension to the side of its existing building to provide a warm, dry area, with an array of platforms, bolts and beams, allowing up to eight cavers at a time to train and practise the ropework needed for safe, modern caving, ranging from the most basic through to advanced rescue techniques.
To celebrate the grant, local people are being invited to a Try Caving event on Saturday, November 9, and places can be booked by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Sport England’s chairman Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy the Yorkshire Dales National Park.”
Club chairman Alex Wallman added: “The YSS has a history of sending cavers to the deepest caves in the world and our members have been part of record breaking achievements. We have a long history of introducing people to the underground world through our regular coach trips to the Yorkshire Dales and more recently through our successful Try Caving events. The investment from Sport England means we can upgrade our facilities to provide suitable training and development for new and experienced cavers as we begin to enter our 50th year.”
The grant has also been welcomed by Damian Weare, secretary of the British Caving Association.
He said “There is a real need for above-ground training venues for club cavers across the country, but particularly in the Yorkshire Dales. The YSS facility seems well planned and BCA hopes to use it to spearhead our new club training scheme.”
And Skipton MP Julian Smith added: “I am delighted that Sport England has given £20,000 to the Yorkshire Subterranean Society to support its work and enable more people of all abilities to experience and learn about life under the Dales.”
The YSS is one of more than 300 projects across England to receive lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund.
To find out more about the club, visit yssuk.com
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