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Builder’s cash boost to help cricket club improve its facilities

Added on: 20th December, 2017 by Caroline_9383

Builder’s cash boost to help cricket club improve its facilities

Last Updated:
Wed, 20 December 2017

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A Sutton Coldfield cricket club has received a cash boost from a regional builder to help it improve its out-dated clubhouse which provides an invaluable source of income to keep the club up and running.

Persimmon Homes Central launched its Healthy Communities scheme earlier this year, with £750 up for grabs each month until the end of December. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.

Walmley Cricket Club applied for the donation to help them improve equipment and their clubhouse. The community cricket club gives people of all ages the chance to play the sport.

Neil Cleaver, spokesman for the club, said: “We cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for their support. The need for equipment is on-going but the need to upgrade our clubhouse facilities, to keep members’ costs to a minimum and keep the club sustainable while looking to grow, is now paramount.

“Our main source of income is from our clubhouse and it is now very tired and outdated. We would like to be able to offer the facility to the wider community, therefore any upgrading work we can carry out will be a real benefit to the club.”

The club fields five senior teams, a ladies’ team, who became the National Champions this year, as well as a youth section training 280 youngsters aged from four to 17 years. They field 17 youth teams and eight mini league teams for ages four to nine years. Many of the youth members progress to senior teams and also coach younger players.

Sarah Read, senior sales manager, at Persimmon Homes Central, said: “Our Healthy Communities initiative aims to create a legacy for young people who love sport and the volunteers who help to deliver it.

“Grassroots sport, such as that provided by Walmley Cricket club, is hugely important in providing youngsters with the opportunity to play sport and we are delighted to be able to support them.”

Amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under across the region are eligible to apply for the Persimmon Homes Central Healthy Communities awards.

A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 while two runners-up will receive £50,000 each.
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