Farningham Cricket Club in Kent has secured a £43,967 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 club was established in 1857 by a group of local men and boys. Nowadays the club, which holds the English Cricket Board Clubmark accreditation, runs two league teams and one Sunday team but are looking to expand and since 2009 has established a thriving junior section. Having been used so well over the years by the local team and hired out by other clubs and to the local community for private functions, the facilities have fallen foul to natural wear and tear.
The replacement & expansion of training facilities project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will install twin lane practice nets and a new artificial cricket match pitch. The completed works will bring a renewed lease of life to the club and encourage more quality training for many years to come.
Colin Hucker, Chairman, Farningham Cricket Club, said:
“New practice nets and match pitch will provide safe, effective and expanded training facilities to support our growing junior and senior playing members whilst also enabling continued promotion and teaching of cricket within Farningham Cricket Club and to the wider community.”
Les England, Farningham Cricket Club, said:
“The sooner the new proposed training facilities are in place the better. This will ensure that Farningham can offer the best practice available to our current group of Colts as well as boys and girls wanting to play cricket in the Farningham area the sooner they can reach their true potential. Farningham has produced one cricketer who not only played for Kent but opened the batting for them, who knows with top quality practice nets there may be another, if not all those who will use the training facilities will have quality practice facilities.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We are pleased to be able to support Farningham Cricket Club as they deliver improved sporting facilities for local enthusiasts. This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”