Grants are available for people looking to set up sports clubs in Harwich and Brightlingsea.
Tendring District Council (TDC) is offering the cash to those looking to make use of the community sports centres in the two towns.
Operation of the facilities recently changed from TDC to the site owners, Sigma Trust, with club bookings now required rather than casual use.
To help increase use of the amenities, support is being given to create clubs which can do block bookings.
Applications are open for financial support with this process, which can help to cover costs such as national affiliation, insurance or training for club officers.
Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the grants were part of the council’s commitment to a smooth transition of operations at the two amenities.
“The community is best placed to make arrangements which suit them, but often a formal club structure is required for such things; by helping them to set up clubs, we’re playing our part in continuing sport activity in Brightlingsea and Harwich,” Councillor Porter said.
“While we are already in contact with many sports centre users about this support and guidance, there is still the opportunity for others to come forward and apply for these grants, and I would urge people to do so.”
To apply individuals should visit our sports clubs grant web page and complete a form.
In addition, TDC has agreed to gift equipment from Brightlingsea and Harwich sports centres to Sigma Trust as part of the transitional arrangement.