Jan 2 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
PLANS for a new pavilion at Mawdesley Cricket Club have been set in motion, thanks to £98,000 worth of funding being awarded for the project.
The England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) awarded Mawdesley a grant and an interest-free loan towards the cost of building a new pavilion.
The trust’s grant programme aims to finance capital projects, including renovations to improve facilities which contribute to increasing participation in cricket.
Mawdesley Cricket Club was identified by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Lancashire Cricket Board as a club of strategic importance partly because of the strength of their junior development programme.
The trust made a grant of £55,500 and an interest-free loan of £43,000 with the project expecting to cost £220,000 in total.
If all goes well, the pavilion will be ready before the start of the next cricket season. Mawdesley Cricket Club’s secretary, Martin Lewis, said: “We have been fundraising for two years as we urgently needed to up-grade our pavilion and dressing room facilities.
“The old pavilion has been demolished and the new pavilion will be on the same site and will comprise two new large changing rooms, each with showers and toilet facilities, an umpires’ room, kitchen and social area. In addition, there will be separate toilet facilities for spectators and also facilities for people with disabilities.
“In recent years the club has grown considerably; we have two Saturday senior league teams and one Sunday senior league team in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield and we also have a development squad and Under-9 and teams at Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and two teams at Under-18.
“We have over 80 junior cricketers at the club and last season the Under-11s and Under-13s won their divisions, and our Under-18s were champions of the Southport and District League, the first time since the 1980s.
“We are extremely grateful to the EWCT for their most generous grant and interest-free loan.
“We also express our gratitude to everyone who has helped us raise over £70,000 to go along with the £50,000 grant we also received from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities grant programme; it’s been a wonderful team effort.”