Wilsden Cricket Club secures £50,000 from sporting legacy fund

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wilsden Cricket Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Sport England today revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.

Wilsden Cricket Club has a long and rich history within its local community and provides access to cricket for senior and junior members. Its existing facilities are over 40 years old, not fit for purpose and in poor condition, and so the funding received will enable the club to install a new pavilion. The new facility will provide the club with much-needed improvements to disabled access and additional space for modern changing rooms, showers, kitchen and social area.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Wilsden from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With so many clubs in Yorkshire having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Club Chairman Mark Humphreys said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can install a much-needed new pavilion to meet the current and future requirements of our club. Wilsden Cricket Club has over 140 years of history within its local community and in 2009 established a new and vibrant junior academy with key links to schools and organisations. With this funding the club can continue developing in facilities to be fit for purpose, and will deliver on its aims to create a local focal point for cricket and other sports for many years to come.”

Local MP Philip Davies said: “I am delighted about this investment in Wilsden Cricket Club, which plays a vital role in the local community, especially in the large number of children they recruit to play cricket in the village. I would like to thank Wilsden Cricket Club for all the hard work that went into this bid and also to Sport England for their generosity and vote of confidence in the fantastic work the cricket club do in the local community.”

For further information about Wilsden Cricket Club and to discuss the project further, please contact Mark Humphreys (Chair) on 07877 763523 or email on wilsdencc@gmail.com, or call Ray Graham (President) on 07768 018829.

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