A cricket club, established by the local community in 1870 in Cheshire, has just secured a £26,500 grant from Biffa Award, which is 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 Dukinfield cricket club’s community project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will include the installation of a new roof on the clubhouse building, as well as a rainwater harvesting system and tree planting within the grounds to improve the environmental aspects of the club.
The club house in the heart of this sport loving community was built by its members in 1987 and is now in need of repair. The well used facility is currently home to several user groups, including six junior sides, Tameside girls’ team, Tameside Town, Lancashire & Cheshire girls’ team, local junior football teams and a slimming club; all of which promote healthy living and physical activity.
Martin Vidler, Committee Member, Dukinfield Cricket Club, said:
“Once this project is completed it will benefit the whole community, as access to the grounds for walks, sport and recreation in a much improved environment both inside and outside the club house.”
Adele O’Neill, Slimming World Representative, said:
“The cricket club is where I hold my weekly Slimming World Group. The newly improved space will ensure the community, especially those people with disabilities who currently feel excluded can benefit from the facilities the club offers for generations to come.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them. The project to replace the roof and establish several green technologies on site at Dukinfield Cricket Club will improve this historic local facility for the community to enjoy for many more years."