Major grant to help Ashington Cricket Club develop practice facility

Ashington Cricket Club will receive a �24,950 funding award from SITA Trust to develop an all purpose synthetic turf practice facility.
Ashington Cricket Club will receive a �24,950 funding award from SITA Trust to develop an all purpose synthetic turf practice facility.

Ashington Cricket Club have been awarded £24,950 in funding from SITA Trust to develop an all purpose synthetic turf practice facility.

The grant will allow the club to provide the community and its members with a permanent multi-functional outdoor netting facility.

The project will specifically purchase and install a two-lane synthetic practice facility.

The installation of the new nets will provide the club with a low maintenance facility, which can be used throughout the season providing a safe and suitable practice area for their junior and senior squads. Work is anticipated to start next month.

Adam Nichol, junior co-ordinator at the club, and who led the bid, said: “On behalf of the club I would like to immensely thank SITA Trust for their large grant award toward this project.

“This funding will allow Ashington Cricket Club to support our vision to increase the provision of cricket for the local community and hopefully create the next Stephen Harmison, Mark Wood or Ben Harmison, alongside instilling a lifelong love of cricket within our members.

“In addition, we would like to extend our thanks to the Sir James Knott Trust and Northumberland County Council who have contributed small grants toward this exciting project development, which will enable us to take great steps forward as a club.

“A huge thanks must also go to Matthew Bewick and Northumberland Cricket Board Limited, who supported the formulation of the grant application.”

Marianne Ivin from the SITA Trust said: “Ashington Cricket Club are a very well attended club and so creating additional facilities that will aid maximum use of the club are a great avenue for our funding.

“It would be wonderful to think that we could be helping to create future cricket stars.

“SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4billion.”