A SPORTS club will revamp their facilities after a grant worth tens of thousands was awarded to them.

Junior and players senior plus the wider cricketing community of Haverigg are set to welcome a new ECB Approved Artificial Practice Net Facility at Haverigg Cricket Club's home of Poolside, thanks to a £34,440 funding grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

The money will be used to overhaul the existing footprint of the current facility and see the installation of a 34m long Natural Pitch Coloured Practice Facility at the Haverigg Cricket Club.

Club Secretary Simon Bremer believes the new practice facility will make a huge difference, not just to the quality of practice being delivered at Haverigg Cricket Club, but for junior players' personal development as well.

He said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Haverigg Cricket Club and the wider community. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our new ECB Approved Facility taking shape."

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A two-stage installation will begin in April with a planned completion by May 2022 and will be ready for use immediately thereafter.

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation senior grant manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the new artificial practice facility and pleased our funding will provide wide-ranging opportunities for senior and junior cricket at Haverigg Cricket Club.

"FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that improve local communities and we’re looking forward to this one making a difference very soon.”

Drew Postlethwaite, 1st X1 captain and member of the coaching team said: "The project is a fantastic boost and a testament to all the hard work being put in at the club. It will provide benefit not just to all those involved in the development of junior and senior cricket in Haverigg and the surrounding area but as the nets are self-contained, they offer opportunities for inclusive sessions for those less well able."

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