Slough Cricket Club secured a £50,000 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, replaced and extended an old outdoor non-turf cricket net system.
The club, which is well known locally for engaging with the community, has five regular weekly groups, each attracting more than 30 users. A survey carried out with members confirmed that more than 40 per cent were disappointed with its previous external net facilities. SCC has now installed a new and secure outdoor non-turf cricket net system, which involved levelling its existing facility, increasing its size and installing a new sub base to create five lanes. The project has also created a small multi-use area that will be used for fielding and movement drills. As a result the facilities will now be available all year round.
Zaheer Abbas Sher, Club Captain and Chairman, said:
“We would like to thank the Biffa Award for this significant investment in the future of Slough Cricket Club. We look forward to working with parents, coaches and new players as we maximise participation.
Jameel Rahman, Project Manager said:
“There is a buzz within Slough about the clubs new nets which will benefit the local community immensely. The youth teams can now train in a facility which is safe and secure.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”