Club members Guy Playford and Peter Hutchinson Picture: Tony Jones

Sports enthusiasts in West Norfolk are celebrating a £130,000 cash boost total between their clubs.

Snettisham Beach Sailing Club and Boughton Cricket Club have both been awarded the Sport England Inspired Facilities Grant.

The money is allocated to help build and maintain clubs and groups which encourage people to stay active.

Sailing club commodore Adrian Tebbutt, said he was “extremely grateful” for the grant.

Following two previous unsuccessful applications, the club heard it was in line for £75,000.

Mr  Tebbutt explained the money will go towards £95,000 needed to pay for extending and modernising the clubhouse, which was built in 1967.

“This development is a huge step forward for a very successful club and will help us to provide the kind of facilities that are expected by sportsmen and women today,” he said.

The club has seen membership reach a record high this year and it is hoped new facilities will further encourage sailors.

Mr Tebbutt, said: “The increased numbers are placing a strain on the current facilities which have seen little alteration since the clubhouse was constructed.”

The club is aiming to complete the refurbishment by the end of next March.

Work includes a new conservatory, new decking, central heating and the  toilets and changing rooms will be updated with improved showers and flooring.

Boughton Cricket Club, near Downham Market, will be using its £54,000 grant to build a new pavilion, with changing facilities and a kitchen area.

Club chairman, Steve Short, said it was great news to for everyone involved.

“But it will be a bit of a task,” he said.

“We still need to raise £18,000 ourselves, so we are having a meeting on Monday to discuss how we plan to do this.”

Mr Short said one of the conditions of the grant was to abide by a timescale of around 18 months to raise the money and begin the building of the pavilion.

The club has around 100 playing members, 15 social members and is run by volunteers.

A previous grant of £10,000 was awarded to to buy equipment when it was built in 2008.