Datchworth Sports Club in Hertfordshire has secured a £18,000 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.
Datchworth Sports Club is a CASC accredited club which provides facilities for cricket, rugby and tennis enthusiasts and currently has 484 members, including 267 in the junior section. Established in 1921, The Datchworth Cricket Club is a member of the Hertfordshire County Cricket Association and boasts four adult teams and a youth section with over 100 members and eight teams. In 2012, the club achieved ECB Clubmark status and is now supported by 11 ECB qualified coaches and over 20 volunteer helpers.
As part of the club’s dedication to the ongoing training, coaching and development plan the committee realised that an adequate cricket net facility was necessary to allow players to practise their skills. The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, is currently underway and will create a new, fully enclosed, triple bay, outdoor cricket net facility. Once the nets have been installed, they will help the club encourage the local community, especially children, to participate in sport and to improve their levels of fitness and general wellbeing.
Darren Newby, Youth Section Chairman, Datchworth Cricket Club, said:
“The new triple bay cricket net facility will make an enormous difference to our club and will allow us to provide the training facilities required to encourage the local community, especially children, to participate in sport and to improve their levels of fitness and general wellbeing, whilst also helping to improve community cohesion. We are hugely grateful to Biffa Award for their support, without which this project would not have been possible.”
Tom Bennett, Head Coach & Club Captain, Datchworth Cricket Club, said:
“Cricket nets are an essential part of our coaching and development plan and allow players to practise and develop their skills, which will subsequently help encourage increased participation. This new facility will help us grow membership levels and help ensure that our club remains an important social hub within the local community for many years to come.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project at Datchworth Sports Club is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve recreational spaces for sporting enthusiasts and the community.”