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Cricket clubs in Derbyshire are improving their facilities following awards from Round 3 of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities.  Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

 Among the successful clubs in this latest round of awards is Alfreton CC, Darley Dale CC, Denby CC and Hilton CC.

For Alfreton the award helped to cap a fine season as the club won promotion to the Derbyshire Premier League in 2014.  The funding will assist the club in building new changing rooms and upgrading the existing club room. 

Chris Slater, Alfreton CC’s Chairman commented: Alfreton Cricket Club Pavilion, built 1985, is the only community building in Alfreton Park. Although accessible and having a convenient edge of town location, Alfreton Park is under-utilised due to the lack of a focal point or base with welfare facilities. The Club facilities barely meet modern sporting governing body standards and provides little opportunity to extend usage to other groups. The project will provide a building extension including Sport England compliant changing rooms and a community room for up to 75 people. The new facility will be open for use by other groups, schools and community hire all year round.  Grant funding from Sport England – Inspired Facilities is a major boost to help deliver this programme of healthy activities to benefit the whole local community.

One of the most picturesque clubs in Derbyshire, Darley Dale has also received an award.  The club had worked hard to secure the funding.  Following an initial rejection in Round 3 the club revisited their application and was successful this time around.  Andy Topley, Darley Dale CC’s Chairman and Richard Johnson who has been with the club for over 50 years commented:

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This was the key to the project. The process is very thorough and our case officer was very helpful in explaining the requirements and the great deal of supporting documentation. We felt it was important to us that we should have a clear grip on the costs and we felt that we needed to show real commitment to strengthen the bid.  For this reason we obtained planning permission and went out to tender prior to making the bid. This cost the club over £3500 but clubs should be prepared for this expenditure with no guarantee of success.

Our first application was not successful but we were advised where the weaknesses in the bid were and what we needed to do to make improvements. The bid was strengthened and additional funds were raised. We were delighted to hear that our bid was approved.

Progress

The project is now on site and the contractor should finish around the end of February2014. Also some of the work is being done by club members. This includes stripping out, minor demolitions, tiling, painting and making good etc. This is necessary for a successful bid and is also good for club spirit in that members and supporters can rally round a worthwhile project. This has been assisted in the purchase of materials via the club’s participation in the Natwest Cricket Force/Jewson 2013

Hilton Cricket Club have moved swiftly forward following their successful bid of which saw them awarded  £27,218 to build an additional changing room and refurbish the existing ones.  The project commenced on the 7th of March.

Denby Cricket Club was delighted to be awarded £40k to extend their building.  The improvements will see the kitchen relocated and the main clubroom refurbished.

The next round of the programme opened on the 21st October and Club Development Manager Mick Glenn is keen to see more clubs make applications.  Reflecting on the recent success Glenn said “Inspired Facilities provides a real opportunity for clubs to access capital funding to improve their facilities.  The fund offers support in a broad range of areas and I would certainly encourage clubs to look at this programme.”

Further guidance is available from mick at mick.glenn@derbyshireccc.com or on the Inspired Facilities website at http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org/ 

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ECB are keen for County clubs to visit their Club Support section, a gateway to the self-help support resources available to help cricket clubs meet the ever changing demands and challenges they face.  To discover more about ECB’s thoughts on creating a Sustainable future for cricket click on http://www.ecb.co.uk/development/club-cricket/club-support/ where you will find a short animation giving an overview of the support available to cricket clubs.  For more information there is also a pdf version of the National Club Strategy available to download.

Support with facility development

DCB can provide to clubs who are planning to improve their club facilities with the help of Paul Baines who is an architect with a wealth of experience on planning, construction and sustainability.

To access this service, please click on the link below:

DCB Facility Advice

Sunday - Friendly and Social Cricket

A new website has recently been set up by two cricket club members for teams to search and advertise for friendly games either pre-season or last minute during the season.  There are over 400 clubs already registered around the UK and that number is growing daily. There are currently around 200 dates where clubs are looking for a friendly game of cricket  Its free to register and this could and has already benefited grass roots cricket. It also allows players in your area look for their local clubs.

The aim of this website is to spread the word as much as possible and reach all clubs around the UK 

If you would like more information contact www.thesundaycricketer.co.uk 

Find them on twitter@sundaycricketer

 

 

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