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Lydeard St Lawrence cricketers bowled over by £50,000 grant
A POPULAR village cricket club is celebrating after receiving almost £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The club will use the £48,787 to upgrade its facilities at the ground – already a community hub – through the project, named ‘Quantock Vision.
Improvements include a complete upgrade of the pavilion, including improved changing and showering facilities, and an artificial wicket which will greatly improve the club and wider community’s ability to hold more games, youth and social events throughout the summer.
Club chairman Hugh Lloyd-Jones said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of all our teams. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
The completed refurbishment will also enable the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club to be based at Lydeard St Lawrence and use it as a home venue.
Adam White, chairman of the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club, said: “We are thrilled that Lydeard St Lawrence Cricket Club have secured this much-needed funding and are able to make their ground and facilities more suitable for our players.
“We are a thriving county-wide club satisfying a great need for visually impaired people, who have been keen to identify a local club that we can call ‘home’.”
To celebrate the award, local people are invited to visit the club for an open day tomorrow (August 17) to discuss the improvements that will benefit the whole community.
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Sport England’s chair, Nick Bitel, added: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Somerset.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the South-West who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from October 21 – visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities to find out more.
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