Plans have been submitted to site two permanent cricket nets next to tennis courts at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, Uckfield.
Uckfield Anderida Cricket Club is offering to pay for installation and share the use of the nets with the local community.
Tesco Bags for Life
The funds have been raised thanks to an award of £8,000 through the Tesco Bags for Life scheme – which enables money from the 5p charge for plastic shopping bags to be donated to community charities and good causes – and a grant for £4,000 from Wealden Council.
Anderida won its first match of the season on Saturday against Blackboys and is looking forward to playing Maresfield, at Maresfield, on Sunday. The season proper starts on May 7.
In addition to putting up the nets the club is hoping to be allowed to take over the cricket square at Victoria for a peppercorn rent, and maintain the pitch itself. This would help with securing future grants because many awarding organisations seek proof of tenure.
And the club is applying to Uckfield Town Council to take over the ground floor of the Victoria Pavilion, allowing it to rent out the accommodation at times when the club is not using it.
Club spokesman David Ritman, a member for about 15 years, said: “We would then share the income with the town council.”
The Anderida first team is now playing in the fourth division of the East Sussex League while the second team is in the ninth division and more players are welcome to join the club.
Nets practice sessions will be from 6-8pm every Thursday and new players are welcome to go along.
Junior coaching will be starting soon on Saturdays and club representatives will be working within local schools this year as they have in the past.
Anderida is looking for sponsorship from local businesses and would be pleased to hear from anybody willing to help.
Club chairman Paul Iswariah, a member for about 25 years, said he was feeling very positive about the future of the club especially because of the support they have been getting from the town council which has backed what they have been doing.
The town council’s plans committee has formally supported the planning application for the nets.
Events coming up at the cricket club include a Sports Fun Day on Sunday, June 26.