Funding secured for north Northumberland cricket club

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A north Northumberland cricket club has scored thousands of pounds of funding to overhaul its practice facilities.

The money will allow Alnwick Cricket Club to refurbish the nets at its Weavers Way ground, which have become unsafe due to severe weather conditions.

Grants have come from a number of organisations, including £20,000 from the SITA Trust.

The club, which caters for adults and juniors, has also secured £5,000 from both the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.

An extra £2,000 has come from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest, while the club has also put some money into the redevelopment.

Work should start soon, with the hope of completing the project before the season in April, or early May.

Rob Woods, Alnwick Cricket Club’s first-team captain and cricket development officer, is bowled over by the financial support the club has received.

He said: “I am really pleased to be successful in obtaining funding for our project of the non-turf practice facility.

“This project will be a valuable practice facility for all club members aged eight through to senior level.

“It will also be vital to programmes run by the Northumberland Cricket Board and local schools.

“Our current practice net area has become unusable due to severe weather conditions causing our facility to become unsafe.

“It requires a full refurbishment to cope with the large amount of use the facility has from all the members of the club; but in particular the junior section of the club.”

The club is currently holding adult indoor nets at RAF Boulmer on Tuesday nights, from 6pm to 8pm.

○ Warkworth Cricket Club’s indoor cricket nets, for all ages, start on Sunday at Lindisfarne Sports Centre, Alnwick, from 10am to noon, and will continue for each of the following three weekends.

All existing and any new members are welcome and simply need to turn up on any of the dates.