Net gain for club as new facility opens
A CRICKET club’s new £57,000 training facility was given its official opening on Friday.
Lutterworth Cricket Club installed its new four-bay training nets last year but the nets were given their official seal of approval by visitors from the England and Wales Cricket Board (EWCB) and Leicestershire Cricket Club spinner Claude Henderson.
Most of the money for the new training facility came from a grant made to the club by the EWCB of £43,200, combined with other grants from Lutterworth sporting firm Notts Sports of £1,000 and a grant of £4,000 from cricketing charity the Lord’s Taverners.
Lutterworth Cricket Club secretary Steve Masic said: “We urgently needed to upgrade our practice facilities so we were surprised and delighted when we were awarded the grant.
“The new synthetic practice area is excellent and it allows us to have a more structured coaching programme.
“It will benefit all age groups, seniors and juniors.”
Mr Masic said one of the main benefits of the new training area is that it is fully enclosed, which means that training can go on even when there is a match in progress just yards away.
Some of the money, apart from the grants, was raised by the club itself through events like the annual Party on the Pitch.
He added: “Apart from our senior team we have more than 120 junior cricketers, boys and girls.
“We’re extremely grateful for the grants we have received. Obviously we could not have afforded this facility on our own.”
The new facility is near the clubhouse, adjacent to the St Mary’s Churchyard, which has undergone a revamp of its own in the last two years.
The EWCB said Lutterworth was chosen to receive a grant because it is regarded as a ‘club of strategic and developmental importance to the grassroots game’.
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