ONE of the oldest cricket clubs in Northumberland will soon have a state-of-the-art home after securing Olympic legacy funding.
A grant of £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund has been awarded to Mitford Cricket Club to help rebuild the current pavilion, which has been in place since 1920.
The club has been a central focus of the village since its inception in 1894 and thousands of people have enjoyed playing for its junior and senior teams over the years.
The redevelopment will include new changing rooms, kitchen facilities and facilities for younger players. It will now allow the club to expand its junior cricket activity and further develop the relationships with local schools, which will also make use of the facilities.
Club Captain Andrew Lees said: “The only thing the old building had going for it is that if it was struck by lightning it wouldn’t catch fire because of the damp.
“The club is very much on the up as the first XI have won the Alnwick and District League two years in a row and the second XI were victorious in the T20 competition in their division of the West Tyne League.
“Our junior section is thriving too and they will enjoy the benefits of the other improvements we can now afford to make to the ground.”
The Inspired Facilities Fund is part of the £135million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the momentum of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives some money, provided through the National Lottery, will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark.
Mitford Cricket Club Chairman Mike Sharp said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can rebuild our pavilion and provide a great facility for our existing players, but more importantly for the young players we have coming through, those we will bring to the club and to enhance the schools cricket we hope to be playing here in the next season.
“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Sport England recently launched a further £10million funding round to help local community sports groups upgrade their facilities. Applications can be made from March 4.
For more information, visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities