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Hertford Cricket Club gets new practice nets thanks to Biffa Award funding
17 August 2015
Hertford Cricket Club gets new practice nets thanks to Biffa Award funding.

Hertford Cricket Club has secured a £30,000 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 Recreation theme, will replace
old practice nets at the volunteer-run club with a new state of the art four lane net facility which meets the high safety standards laid down by the English Cricket Board.

The club, which is well known locally for engaging with the community, has four regular weekly practice net sessions, each attracting more than 25 users.  In addition the practice nets are used by pupils from the neighbouring Simon Balle School which does not have its own net facilities.

From the start of the 2016 cricket season the club will be able to provide the best facilities for coaching, allowing junior cricketers to practice the key skills of batting and bowling in an environment where the bounce of the ball is safe and predictable.  The new, high quality, nets will also help the club’s senior players to prepare for their Saracens Hertfordshire League matches.

Michael Ray, Club Chairman
, said:
“We would like to thank Biffa Award for this significant investment in the future of Herford Cricket Club.  The club had to raise £55,000 to replace our practice nets and we have now reached that challenging target thanks to the generous grant from Biffa Award and contributions from other local sponsors and club members.  We now look forward to working with parents, coaches and new players to maximize cricket participation in Hertford”.

Alex Prentice, Senior Coach and Project Manager
, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Biffa Award for helping to fund the new practice nets.  This excellent grant will provide us with a first-class facility for coaching our junior players and will help us to grow our junior section.  The new nets will enable us to coach in a fantastic training environment for many seasons to come.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local facilities for sporting enthusiasts and the community.”