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Level playing field for emerging Wakefield cricket club
17 March 2015

Azaad Cricket Club in Wakefield secured a £10,000 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, is currently underway and will refurbish the club’s cricket nets, the ball stock fencing and level the playing surface.   The improvements will ensure the safety of all participants and allow the club to develop a new junior section. 


Azaad Cricket Club is a small but developing club which currently hosts two senior teams.  Following the completion of the project works, the club hopes to develop new teams and offer more cricketing opportunities to local young people. 


Mohammed Mahboob, Chair, Azaad Cricket Club, said:


“The Biffa Award grant for this project has the potential to have a great positive impact, enabling safer sessions and developing a thriving youth section for the club.”


Raja Muhammad Zia-Ullah, Committee Member, Azaad Cricket Club, said:


“This facility will bring the club in line with other clubs as far as practice facilities are concerned, and will bring an even competing platform, thanks to Biffa Award.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This project at Azaad Cricket Club is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for sporting enthusiasts and the community.”