Cricket club gets £70,000 to improve facilities

Eppleton Cricket Club members Layla Tipton, Hollie Forsyth, Ellie McBurnie and Meg Wardle, with club chairman Jeff Park, Richard James and coach Kyle Davis, celebrating their Lottery Grant
Eppleton Cricket Club members Layla Tipton, Hollie Forsyth, Ellie McBurnie and Meg Wardle, with club chairman Jeff Park, Richard James and coach Kyle Davis, celebrating their Lottery Grant
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This Wearside cricket club has caught a funding boost of almost £70,000 to help improve its facilities.

Eppleton Cricket Club, in Hetton, has been awarded £68,620 to enable them to rebuild the club’s tearoom and provide ladies changing facilities and disabled toilets to the tearoom and clubhouse.

We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our cricket teams.

Jeff Park, chairman of Eppleton Cricket Club

The club is among 149 projects to secure a share of £16.5million of National Lottery funding from Sport England, that will help improve facilities across the country.

The announcement comes as Sport England revealed that it has reached a major funding milestone – having invested £5billion in grassroots sport in the last 20 years.

Speaking about the funding to improve the Church Road ground, Eppleton CC chairman Jeff Park, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our cricket teams.

“It’s going to be a big boost to us. The ground is still in excellent condition, but we have things that need upgrading. We need female changing rooms and hopefully the work will start at the end of this season in September.”

As well as an adult side, the club also field junior teams at under 18, 15, 13 and 11 ages, while there are hopes that they will be able to field a girls team in 2016.

Sport England’s property director, Charles Johnston, said: “£5billion is a huge sum of money, but it’s the projects and people that money supports which are really important.

“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country.”