Cricket club bowled over by grant award

Bowden Cricket Club has been awarded a grant of £10,000 to wards the £91,000 cost of building a community pavilion extension.

The community pavilion owners Great Bowden Parish Council have been given the money by The England and Wales Cricket Trust and has also also received grants from Sport England, Harborough District Council and from the Market Harborough and The Bowdens’ Charity.

Bowden Cricket Club secretary Gary Waterfield said: “We were delighted when the grants were secured as the pavilion urgently needed upgrading.

“In recent years, the club has grown and the fact that we have a girls’ team meant that an additional changing room was high priority and essential. We consider ourselves very fortunate in this difficult economic climate to have raised sufficient finance to go ahead with this expensive project.

“We are extremely grateful to all the grant aiding bodies and to Great Bowden Parish Council for working with the club to put together the project. The development of this scheme has been a real team effort.”

Great Bowden Parish Council chairman Paul Claxton said: “The improved facilities will be of great benefit to the local community and the additional changing room for girls and women will encourage more females to play thus increasing participation in the game of cricket.

“The project demonstrates the clear benefits that can be achieved by local authorities working in partnership with other local organisations for the benefit of the whole community.”