THE ENGLAND and Wales Cricket Trust has awarded a grant to Mawdesley Cricket Club and an interest free loan towards the cost of building a new pavilion.
The EWCT’s grant aid programme aims to finance capital projects, including renovations to improve facilities which contribute to sustaining and increasing participation.
Mawdesley Cricket Club was identified by the (ECB) and the Lancashire Cricket Board as a club of strategic importance and because of the strength of their junior development programme.
The England and Wales Cricket Trust made a grant of £55,500 and an interest free loan of £43,000.
The total project cost will be approximately £220,000 and completion of the project will be in advance of next season.
Mawdesley Cricket Club’s Secretary, Martin Lewis, said: “We were delighted when we were awarded the grant because this made it possible to go ahead with the new pavilion project.
“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 of two new large changing rooms, each with internal showers and toilet facilities, an umpire’s room, kitchen and social area.
“In addition there will be separate toilet facilities for spectators and also facilities for people with disabilities. The pavilion is being built to England and Wales Cricket board specifications.
“In recent years the club has grown considerably and we have achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status and this enabled us to apply for the grant which was supported by the Lancashire Cricket Board.
“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 11’s and Under 13s won their divisions and our Under 18s were champions of the Southport and District League, the first time since the 1980s.
“This was a major achievement for a small village club and testament to the hard work the players and coaches had put in over the past years to develop this very talented team of Under 18 cricketers.
“We organise a structured coaching programme for our juniors every year and we stage an annual Kwik Cricket competition for the local primary schools.
“We also organise winter coaching for our juniors during the winter months at two local schools’ indoor cricket centres.
“We are pleased the ECB has recognised the work we do at junior level and we are extremely grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Trust for their most generous grant and interest free loan.
“We also express our gratitude to the many residents of our village and to our members and supporters for their excellent fundraising effort, and for the donations and bequests which, in total, have raised over £70,000 to go along with the £50,000 grant we also received from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities grant programme. It has been a wonderful team effort.
“We regard the grants as an investment in cricket at the club for the future and there will also be a long term benefit for the local community.”
EWCT Trustee, Brian Havill, said: “The England and Wales Cricket Trust is pleased to support projects that sustain high quality participation and enhance facilities.
“It is important that cricket clubs have access to funding, such as through this grant aid programme, that allows them to make their facilities available to the local community, schools and community groups.”
ECB’s National Funding and Facilities Manager, Bruce Cruse, said: “Investing in worthy projects such as this one allows cricket clubs to make their facilities as welcoming and accessible as possible to members, players and spectators.
“Having high quality cricket facilities accessible to the community will be key to sustaining participation in grass roots cricket over the coming years.”