Miller Homes East Midlands has announced the winners of its Summer of Sport competition with a Harborough district cricket club named as one of the recipients of a grant.
The house-builder has awarded £500 to the junior section of Great Glen Cricket Club.
The money will help fund the installation of a new all-weather artificial turf area at its training facility on the recreation ground in the village.
Summer of Sport judges – canoe slalom C2 Olympic hopefuls Matthew Lister and Rhys Davies – picked the club out of a high number of entries from across the Midlands.
They were particularly impressed by a poem in the entry written by junior section member 10-year-old Daniel Van Amersfoort, who lives with his family at the Miller Homes Stretton Glen development in Great Glen.
Judge Matthew said: “Daniel’s poem really helped the entry to stand out.
“It highlighted the fact the club has to battle the elements to stay on top form, often having to train in muddy conditions. Rhys and I know the drawbacks of outdoor training all too well.
“We’ve had to train in all sorts of hideous weather through the bitter months at the National Water Sports Centre, and places like Krakow and Prague too, where the temperature plummeted to minus 27. The extra boost will allow them the new artificial surface to be able to train for longer.
“All those extra hours, with the added hard work, will hopefully pay off for them next season.”
Club coach Dave Ball said: “We’ve had a great season, topping the league, and remaining undefeated, but that takes a lot of dedication.
“The past few years have been a real struggle with the weather and we’ve been looking at replacing the old worn-out artificial surface, but it is very expensive and we just didn’t have the funds.
“We’re so grateful to Miller Homes and both Matthew and Rhys. This came at just the right time and will ultimately make a real difference to the youngsters at the club.”
Julia Portington, sales manager for Miller Homes East Midlands, said: “Huge congratulations must go to Great Glen Cricket Club and we look forward to following their progress.
“Our Summer of Sport competition has really highlighted the great work that is going on in our communities.”
“The whole team at Miller Homes would like to thank everyone who entered.”
Miller Homes has developments across the East Midlands, including the newly launched Brookfields estate in Sileby, Leicestershire.
For more details about Great Glen Cricket Club, see its website at http://greatglen.play-cricket.com.