Wind Farm Windfall to Support Kirkby Moor Games Area

1st August 2014

A multi-use games area is soon to be opened at the Kirkby & Furness Community Centre thanks to a wind farm windfall.

The Kirkby & Furness Community Centre is the latest project to benefit from RWE Innogy UK’s Kirkby Moor Wind Farm Community Investment Fund. The Community Centre is turning rundown tennis courts into a multi-use games centre that will play host to five-a-side football, tennis, netball and basketball games. The fund which is administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, recently awarded £2,000 for the much needed repair work.

Roger Rushton from Kirkby & Furness Community Centre said: “Not only will this new facility offer the four sports where previously there was only tennis, but it will now be free of charge to all residents of Kirkby. People of all ages can join one of the village sports clubs or can just get a group of friends together and turn up for an informal game anytime the courts are free.

“We are very grateful to all our sponsors, both national and local, who have made this exciting re-development possible.”

Work on the games area is already underway and could be ready for use by the end of August.  The Community Centre is also in partnership with the village school, who will start using the new facility from September.

Katy Woodington, RWE Innogy UK Community Investment Officer said: “The Kirkby & Furness Community Centre brings people together and provides local and easily accessible sports facilities. The multi-use games area will provide further opportunities to improve health and fitness and we’re delighted the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm Community Fund could help to make this project happen.”

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Services Officer at Cumbria Community Foundation said: “This fund provides a valuable, long term, sustainable and reliable source of income for the local communities in Kirkby Moor. The support from RWE Innogy UK provides assistance to groups in the area who are helping to meet the priority needs of their community.”

The Kirkby Moor Wind Farm fund is administered by independent charity Cumbria Community Foundation. Applications for funding must be received by Friday 15th August for a decision on 9th September. For more information on the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund or to apply online, click here or email

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