CRICKET players of all ages will be able to hit sixes this summer at Kingsholm Cricket Club’s new training area, thanks to a financial boost.
Following an application submitted by the club, Tewkesbury Borough Council awarded the project with £4,000 through its Capital Grants Scheme.
The cricket club, based at Sandhurst Lane in Gloucester, aims to promote, maintain and develop children and adult players of the sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.
The facility is open 365 days a year for community use and works closely with local schools and groups to provide training opportunities.
The grant has helped to fund a much needed new practise space, which can be used in all weathers and is suitable for people with disabilities.
The need for the new area was identified after local residents and club members called for projects such as this to be prioritised in the community.
The space includes a large net and astroturfed flooring – both of which are crucial for training and means that practise matches can go ahead whatever the weather. Sessions using the new facility take place on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6pm to 9pm and before matches on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tewkesbury Borough Council's chair of Capital Grants Working Group, councillor Mike Dean, said: “We're really pleased that we’ve been able to help with such an important community project.
“As well as enhancing leisure provision in the area, it has created several more employment opportunities, a shining example of what can be achieved through our Capital Grants Scheme.”
Chairman of Kingsholm Cricket Club. Shaun Uthup. said: “Thanks to all of our generous funders, we can continue to attract visitors from both the local area and further afield. “We look forward to developing our sports legacy together with our partners and the community, and have already seen some fantastic results.”
For more information about the borough council’s Capital Grants Scheme, visit tewkesbury.gov.uk/capitalgrants.