Young people inWhixley and its surrounding villages are set to get new improved training facilities thanks to a £29,000 grant from funding-body WREN.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund will be used to purchase a double all-weather non-turf practice area with nets at the Whixley Cricket Club’s sports–ground at Rudgate Fields, Score Ray Lane, Whixley.
Dick Watson, Chairman of the Trustees, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the playing –skills of the existing sixty-six Junior members and sixty Senior members in particular. He says “The continuing growth in the number of participants in practices and coaching sessions will result in the facilities being intensively used. Our volunteer coaches will be able to deliver more effective training sessions which could well see the Club’s four Junior teams and three Senior teams begin to move up into higher Divisions in the Nidderdale League, as a direct result of WREN’s much appreciated investment”.
Iain Richardson, Club Secretary and Project Manager, says “This project will provide a real boost to the people in and around Whixley. It is really fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money , and we are looking forward to our new all- weather practice facility beginning to take shape in June this year” .
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity, and heritage projectsfrom funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Penny Beaumont, Wren’s grant manager for Yorkshire & Humber, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Whixley& District Community Cricket Club and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for both young and old to enjoy. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”
Iain Richardson, Project Manager, hopes the new facility will be up and running within four weeks of the commencement work, so that the Club and Community can celebrate its completion at a special Open Day in July, details of which will be announced nearer the date.
Since the Club founded its Junior Section seven years ago, the Club has purchased and levelled Rudgate Fields, and has replaced its formerportacabin with a spacious and modern timber pavilion. The installation of all-weather practice-nets is part of a continuing programme of improvements that will serve the growing numbers now regularly participating in the Club’s recreational activities . The facility will be a real asset to the local community of which Whixley Cricket is an integral part.