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Cricket Club realises a ‘major ambition’ as second phase of development given the go ahead.
15 September 2015

Springhill Cricket Club in Lower Penn, South Staffordshire has secured a £50,000 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, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 

The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will build an extension at Springhill Cricket Club for the benefit of the community at large.

This is the second phase of the club's development plan; to create a versatile community space and install essential accompanying facilities such as a kitchen and toilets. In turn this will extend the use of the site, allowing it to be used at various times of day, all year round, by all members of the community.

The facility will then be able to meet the requirements expressed by user groups, and will enable the club to act as a hub for the local community as no similar venue is available nearby. Usage of the site is expected to expand from approx 2,000 visits per annum to 10,000 as more facilities become available.

As well as catering for various community, club and private functions, the new space will allow the club to host a schedule of large scale events. Specific events planned for the new facility include a classical concert, a summer fete and bonfire night celebration.
Tony Banks, Cricket Club Chairman said:

“The funding from Biffa Award enables the club to complete a major ambition. It provides a kitchen, toilets and additional space essential for an effective community resource”

Charlie Brueton, Supporter and Beneficiary said:

“The ground is fantastic, the work done is fantastic, the view is unparalleled and the company is superb.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help transform community buildings. The work done at Springhill Cricket Club will improve the existing facilities to make this a real asset for the community.”