A CLUB has been bowled over by a £180,000 makeover to its clubhouse.
The revamp means Hetton Lyons Cricket Club members can take advantage of a fully-refurbished room, make meals, run catering projects in the kitchen and get dressed in the new changing rooms, which also has a balcony.
There is also a new electronic scoreboard.
The modern cooking facilities will help it bring in cash through serving meals.
The project has been completed after the £100,000 the club raised was boosted with a grant of £30,000 from Sunderland City Council and £50,000 from Sport England.
Among the first to put the revamped facilities to the test was its junior side, which takes players from six to 15, who followed on their session with more fund-raising activities.
The improvement work at the Lillywhite Terrace Ground began in September after four years of planning.
Richard Grey, the club’s secretary, said: “The facilities we had were worn and tired and it was 15 years since it was last refurbished.
“Now they are right up-to-date, with a fantastic kitchen where we can serve meals, which will help us generate an income which we can put back in to the facilities and more importantly the junior academy.
“We’ve got four junior teams and also got five and six-year-olds, so there’s about 80 kids from the Hetton and Lanes area involved and it brings in their families as well. It’s also enhanced things for visitors.
“The kids love it because it’s very modern and people are wanting to hold christenings and other parties here and we’re taking lots of inquiries.
“It’s really taken the club out in to the community.”
More information about the club can be found on its website: hettonlyons.play-cricket.com and it can be followed on Twitter via @HettonLyonsCC