Cricket club gets new roller thanks to £9,000 grant

Eppleton Cricket Club members (left to right) Richard James (grant co-ordinator), Sam Blacklock (junior team co-ordinator) and Jeff Park (secretary) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID
Eppleton Cricket Club members (left to right) Richard James (grant co-ordinator), Sam Blacklock (junior team co-ordinator) and Jeff Park (secretary) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

A Wearside cricket club is hoping the good times will roll after it took delivery of new equipment thanks to a grant worth thousands of pounds.

Eppleton Cricket Club, in Hetton, recently celebrated the news that it has received a £9,140.00 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust) for their Let’s Roll project.

Eppleton Cricket Club member Richard James (grant co-ordinator) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

Eppleton Cricket Club member Richard James (grant co-ordinator) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

The money has gone towards a new roller for the Church Road ground.

The previous roller which was used to prepare wickets before games had broken down and was beyond repair.

Club chairman Jeff Park said: “We are delighted to receive this award from SUEZ, as no roller means no cricket.

“We can now look forward to continue providing cricket facilities for the local community for many years to come.”

Eppleton Cricket Club member Richard James (grant co-ordinator) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

Eppleton Cricket Club member Richard James (grant co-ordinator) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

SUEZ Communities Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.

To date the organisation has supported more than 3,900 projects to a combined value of over £110million, using tax credits donated by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK (formerly SITA UK).

The trust funds help to improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Marianne Ivin of SUEZ Communities Trust added: “Eppleton Cricket Club are a community spirited club and we were more than happy to help with the purchase of the new roller.

Eppleton Cricket Club members (left to right) Richard James (grant co-ordinator), Sam Blacklock (junior team co-ordinator) and Jeff Park (secretary) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

Eppleton Cricket Club members (left to right) Richard James (grant co-ordinator), Sam Blacklock (junior team co-ordinator) and Jeff Park (secretary) with their new roller. Picture by FRANK REID

“A simple but hugely warranted project. SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4billion.”

Eppleton Cricket Club has Under 9s, Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 15s Girls, Sunday Development, Second XI and First XI teams.

The first team currently play in the Dukes North East Premier Division after gaining promotion from Division One in 2015.

The club is always on the look out for new junior players of all ages so any one who would like some information can contact junior co-ordinator Sam Blacklock at samblacklock1997@gmail.com.