More than £20,000 has been awarded in grants enabling Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club to invest in its facilities.
The money will go towards improving the pavilion, sending members on coaching courses and buying new equipment.
The work is being carried out in time for the new season and just as club net sessions are due to begin at the Victoria Pleasure Ground. They will be held every Tuesday, starting next week on April 14, from 6-8pm, and anybody interested in joining in is welcome to go along then.
Club member David Ritman said the Uckfield Town Council pitch, which Anderida play on, is admired by visiting players, as are spectacular views from the pitch over the South Downs, and it was good to now have some money to invest in the pavilion and new equipment.
A community grant of £7,400 from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ scheme is being used to repair and redecorate the pavilion kitchen, buy new furniture for the tea room and re-lay the patio area.
A Sport England ‘Small Grants Award’ of £10,000 is going towards cricket equipment, including new covers, sight screen and a mobile net cage. It will also cover the costs of sending someone on a coaching course.
A grant of £700 from SPARK, a charity network for young people’s organisations, will enable four people to go on ECB coaching courses and a Wealden Community Grant of £920 will be invested in coaching for under 15s.
Anderida has two teams playing in the East Sussex League and the club organises regular coaching for both adults and juniors.
It is always looking for new members and if you are interested in joining, either as a senior or junior member please email chairman Paul Iswariah at email@example.com.
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