BARNSLEY Council has accepted almost £500,000 in Sport England funding to support the Metrodome’s rising energy costs.

A report has revealed the council have agreed to pass the funding onto Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL), which runs the venue.

It states: “The application to the funding was a joint application between Barnsley Council and BPL.

“The stipulation in the funded programme was that only local authorities could apply.

“The funding will be used to support the energy costs specifically at the Metrodome as determined by Sport England, the grant distributor. Barnsley Council is already in receipt of the grant and this report is to authorise the payment of the grant to BPL.

“BPL will utilise the grant for its intended purpose, the support of energy costs at the Metrodome.

“BPL will be required to submit returns to Sport England, as requested, to confirm that the grant has been used in line with the original application.

“The grant application was assessed by Sport England and an award made as a contribution towards energy costs of £400,000.

“The council has already received the funding from Sport England and will forward on to Barnsley Premier Leisure for its intended use once appropriate governance agreed.

“The sport service will monitor and gain assurance the monies are spent on their intended use and in line with the grant conditions.”