Single Local Growth Fund Impact Success Story


2022 celebrated the end of the hugely successful Single Local Growth Fund programme. LEP projects and programmes have delivered economic growth now for over a decade.  In that time, we have secured £400m of investment for projects in Greater Lincolnshire and have delivered 75 growth projects & programmes.

Together with our many local partners we have made great progress in raising the aspiration and profile of our collective economic ambitions for our diverse, resilient, and remarkable location. Our congratulations and thanks are extended to everyone involved in these varied and challenging projects and programmes, who in partnership with the LEP, are delivering considerable economic impact across our area.


Borderville Sports Centre Expansion

The Borderville Sports Centre, part of the Stamford College campus, has been designed specifically for sports development and training for both students and the wider public. The complex is also the home of Stamford AFC.

This expansion project involved extending the existing building to create additional learning space that includes a sports laboratory, gym, IT room, study zone and six classrooms. Existing rooms were also refurbished and updated during this process. The extension was built by Lindum using locally sourced Ketton limestone and sustainably sourced timber.

The LEP contributed £1.12 million to the project through the Single Local Growth Fund allocation, half of the overall project cost.

The Borderville Sports Centre extension was officially opened in October 2022 and is now the primary learning facility for over 100 students on a weekly basis, including those studying Sports and Public Services courses and those enrolled at the Air & Defence College.

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “We’re very pleased to have contributed to this important development with £1.12 million of grant funding. The centre is not only delivering new courses and apprenticeships in the realms of sports and public services but will also provide a much-needed training space for our defence sector.”

This extension will enable Stamford College to provide higher level skills training in southern Lincolnshire by delivering at least 10 additional qualifications. It will also allow for curriculum innovation to support local business needs in sport, healthcare and public services that will benefit employers such as Lincolnshire Police.

Rachel Nicholls, Inspire Education Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The sports centre extension is a great example of innovation and excellence within IEG.

“The building ensures that Stamford College students are able to learn in first-class facilities.”

Gareth Davies, MP for the Grantham and Stamford constituency, said: “The Borderville Sports Centre extension is laying the foundations to ensure that Stamford’s future is as significant as its past. This is an amazing facility, at an amazing college, and will play a big part in shaping the future of our town and the community.”

You can find out more about the Borderville Sports Centre extension here. For more information about the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Single Local Growth Fund projects, click here.