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Chorleywood Cricket Club receives funding

posted 25 Jan 2012, 13:14 by Unknown user
The England and Wales Cricket Trust Limited (EWCT) is pleased to announce that Chorleywood Cricket Club has been awarded a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Trust.

The EWCTs grant aid programme aims to finance capital projects, including renovations to improve facilities which contribute to sustaining and increasing participation. Chorleywood Cricket Club was identified by the Hertfordshire Cricket Board and by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a club of strategic and developmental importance due to the grassroots game.

The Club has been awarded a grant of £36,342 towards the cost of a complete up-grade of the whole cricket square.  The total project cost was £50,000 approximately.

The Club’s Chairman, Owen Edis, said “We were really delighted when we were awarded the grant because we urgently needed to improve our pitches especially as we have ambitions to play in the Home Counties Premier League. Our cricket square is being laid over a three year programme and the first section of the square was completed last October.  The whole project will be completed by October 2013.  In the first excavation, 40 tons of soil was removed and this soil is being used to level the outfield.  This process will continue over the next two years.  We aim to improve our match playing conditions. In total, we field 16 teams at the Club with some matches being played on a second ground.  Importantly, we have approximately 200 juniors at the Club – including some girl cricketers – and the provision of good pitches is a priority need for the development of young cricketers.  In our development plan we hope to increase our girls section. In recent years the Club has made good progress and we have achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status and this is what enabled us to apply for the grant.  We are pleased that the England and Wales Cricket Board has recognised the work we do in the development of the game as we have a very active and progressive youth policy and our three strategic aims for the Club are Youth, Family and Community.”

The Residents' Association congratulates the Cricket Club on obtaining the funding to support their aims to renovate their cricket ground.