£50k boost for cricket club’s field

The future of Bedlington Cricket Club has been secured thanks to a £50,000 grant from Sport England to improve their drainage.

The Club are hoping work will commence as soon as this season is over in September time, and the pitch will be ready for the start of the 2014 campaign.

Stuart Irvine, Club Secretary said the money, combined with improvements already in lace at the Hirst Head ground, was grea news for the club.

He said: “To put it in to contextlast year we received another grant that was to refurbish the pavillion, and we have new changing facilities, so it’s all much better.

“But it’s not much good having that if you do not have a decent playig field.

“Quite a lot of last season was lost because of the ground flooding.”

The 400 postponements had a major impact on the junior game, when they couldn’t play youngsters were going elsewhwere, but a playing facility that will not be greatly affected by any heavy rainfall is a great beneft to the club.

“This money secured the long term future f the club for both adult and juniors, last seasn the flooding had a major impact on the juniors, who are the future of this club.”

Bedlington Cricket Club is over 100 years old, and run entirely by volunteers..

Seventy five projects across England have been successful in the fourth funding round and will share a total of £3.5 million.

Over the four rounds, 721 pitches and nearly 2,600 acres across England have been protected and improved.

Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, said: “The Protecting Playing Fields fund is a key part of the legacy from London 2012 improving facilities up and down the country. Good pitches, that can be used all year round, are vital to sustain and encourage sports participation.

This additional lottery investment will help increase opportunities for people to get involved in sport.”

New junior members who are interested in playing cricket can attended the Friday night coaching sessions at the club at Hirst Head Bedlington at 6pm every week, where they will be able to speak to one of the coaches in more detail about registration.

Stuart added: “Our cluib was formed in the late 1800s so we are over 100 years old, and this monet secured the long term future for the next generation and keeps the club in existence.