A playing field in Corse, Gloucestershire, is set to benefit from a £9,550 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The cricket coaching net facility project at Corse and Staunton Playing Fields, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will install a third practice lane to complement the existing two in order to meet increased demand from the growing numbers in both the adult and junior sections.
The opportunity will also be taken to completely refurbish the existing two lanes, increasing the net height in accordance with English Cricket Board recommendations, replacing worn-out netting and upgrading the facility through the provision of blinkers. Cricket club members will carry out all of the installation work for the static net and frame themselves.
Charlie Hulls, Honorary Treasurer, Corse and Staunton Playing Fields, said:
“We are so grateful to both Biffa Award and the Lords Taverners for making this project possible. The new facility will enable us to meet the ever-increasing demand of the junior section.”
Jack Tyrer, U-15 player, Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields, said:
I cannot wait for next season when we will have chance to make use of the new nets. We are so fortunate to have such a good set of dedicated coaches and will now have a really good practice area.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“What is commendable about this project is that the cricket club members at Corse and Staunton Playing Fields will complete the installation works themselves, which will lead to more opportunities for local sporting enthusiasts of all ages to take part in the sport, something that is important now and for the future, and we’re pleased to support it.”