Upgraded facilities thanks to grants

Vic Brady, community sports development manager with Raymond Carss, president of Embleton Cricket Club.
Vic Brady, community sports development manager with Raymond Carss, president of Embleton Cricket Club.

A huge investment in facilities means sportsmen and women in Embleton will no longer have to cancel their games every time it rains.

Almost £50,000 has been spent on upgrading the drainage facilities at the village’s cricket and football ground.

The whole site has been renewed and will reap benefits for the whole community.

Money has been sourced via a grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund of £39,030 alongside donations from local trusts and groups of £10,050.

Raymond Carss, president and secretary of Embleton Cricket Club, said: “The work is just fantastic. It is going to make a huge difference.

“With the rain we had last week, the pitch would have been covered in standing water if we hadn’t had this work done.

“Prior to the work, we were having to cancel football matches and in the summer cricket was being cancelled.

“But now we should be able to play all year round.

“We would like to say a big thank-you to North Country Leisure for the help they have given us to get the grant for this work.

“Without them we wouldn’t be celebrating.”

Vic Brady, community sports development manager for north Northumberland, said: “It has taken two years for this project to come to fruition, but it is a really good scheme.”

The area, behind the Creighton Mes

morial Hall in the village, is also used by various community groups and marquees are put there for wedding receptions.

Mr Carss added: “It is something for the whole community.”

The finishing touches are still to be made to the area, but the clubs are pleased with the result.

Any clubs who would like to upgrade their facilities can apply to Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, which opens for applications on October 21.