New equipment has them Rock ‘n’ rolling!

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Rock Cricket Club kicked off junior training last weekend with the first session for all age groups on Saturday morning. Children from around the area made up an impressive number for such a rural (but picturesque) location.

The club recently invested in a new roller and received £2k from councillor Kate Cairns’ members’ small scheme to assist in the purchase. After a long wait for delivery the roller arrived towards the latter part of last season and is already making a huge difference to the playing surface of the ground.

Thomas Parkinson, chairman and club coach said: “Our new roller has been a fabulous addition. It will be an essential part of our grounds keeping equipment. The assistance of councillor Cairns was really generous and made the difference between us getting the roller or not.

Councillor Kate Cairns said: “Sport and exercise is crucial to health and wellbeing. I have always encouraged those around me to be active, whether it be to take the stairs instead of the lift, or run a marathon.

“With 60% of children in the UK obese or overweight - and an even higher rate in the north-east - and with rising stress and mental health issues, outdoor exercise and team sport is absolutely crucial for all, especially our young people.

“I am delighted to have been able to contribute to the quality of the facilities. The club is clearly committed to serving the community and is well deserving of this funding. I wish them well for the season.”

The club is always looking for new members, young and old. Training sessions run from 6pm - 7.30pm on Fridays for girls of all ages and 9.30am on Saturdays for mixed groups. Senior training also runs on Friday evenings from 6pm until dark.