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Friday, 01 April 2011 (3013680)
Cricket club wins £58k boost
by Henry James

BURSCOUGH Cricket Club will showcase its new facilities on Sunday after being awarded a £58,000 grant for encouraging people to play the sport.

As part of the official ceremony, seven club members will take part in a sponsored bike ride from Old Trafford - the HQ of Lancashire CC - and will arrive at the ground in advance of cutting a red ribbon.

It is hoped that a special guest from Lancashire CC will be at the ground for the ceremony.

Burscough CC committee member Carl Lydiate, said: “It was fantastic news when we were awarded the grant of £58,101 as we urgently needed to upgrade our coaching and practice facilities.

”The club has made good progress in recent years and we extended our pavilion with additional and upgraded changing and toilet facilities which we paid for through our own fundraising efforts.“

Kenny Hughes, the club’s junior cricket development officer, said: ”This high quality facility will enable us to offer a much more comprehensive coaching programme which will benefit all age groups.

“We have 12 ECB qualified coaches and a progressive junior coaching programme. We have over 100 junior cricketers at the club and we also provide coaching and play opportunities in five local primary schools.

”We have a girls' cricket team and in partnership with the Lancashire District Cricket Group we aim to increase the number of girls teams at the club and ultimately aim to have a women’s and girls’ section.

“The new synthetic pitches will not only offer ideal playing surfaces for the development of young players but will also enable us to increase participation in our coaching and playing programme.

”We are extremely grateful to the ECB and Sport England for their most generous grant because we could not afford such an expensive project from our own resources. We regard the grant as an investment in cricket at the Ccub for the future and for the benefit of the local community.“

The grant is going towards synthetic practice area which has a total cost of £77,469.

Sport England’s director of property, Charles Johnson, said: ”The improved practice and coaching facilities at Burscough Cricket Club will be welcomed both by experienced players looking to improve their game and by people who are new to cricket.“


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