Skelton Castle Cricket Club in North Yorkshire has secured a £7,512 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, has purchased new equipment to dramatically improve the cricketing facilities for the club.
Skelton Castle Cricket Club moved to its ground 18 years ago, and has a dedicated local following. The wicket however, had a tendency to become uneven due to inclement weather conditions. The aim of this project was to resolve this issue, and to encourage younger generations to engage with sport, as currently the ground is unsuitable for junior games. The Biffa Award grant has been used to purchase wicket covers, that will help protect and preserve the playing surface, and mean an even contest can be held on the pitch. The club has also purchased two new sight screens, the minimum requirement for competitive cricket.
David Hodgson, Club Treasurer said:
“The Biffa Award Grant to Skelton Castle Cricket Club, enables the club to take the next steps in ensuring a safe playing facility is available to promote cricket participation within the local community and maximise the use of the facility.
Graeme Hurst, Junior Coach/Volunteer said:
“The new covers will help the club produce safe pitches for the cricket teams. By covering the wicket it will help preserve the pitch and allow the club to get more games from that particular pitch. This will allow us to spend more time coaching our junior members. It will also mean the children will get to play on the same standard pitches as the adults."
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We’re proud to support this project, which is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve recreational spaces for the community. This funding will help reenergise the club, and hopefully inspire Ashes winners of the future.”