Durham bowled over by online appeal’s success

sunny outlook: The new nursery facility will be built close to Durham's Emirates ground.
sunny outlook: The new nursery facility will be built close to Durham's Emirates ground.
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CRICKET club bosses have been hit for six by the response to an online initiative aimed at raising £50,000 toward the development of a new community-use sport ground.

Durham County Cricket Club has launched a bid via online group-funding site Crowdfunder, to raise money for a nursery facility on land close to The Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, in Chester-le-Street.

The First Class Futures bid has raised more than £10,000 in its first week.

If successful, the £50,000 will be added to corporate support totalling £100,000, and allow the club to start work on a facility that can be used by young girls and boys, as well as women cricket players, from across the county and wider North East.

Club chief executive David Harker said : “We really do believe a nursery ground would transform the lives of young people right across the North East, giving them a fantastic playing field to use to hone their skills, and grow in confidence and ability.

“Currently, young people – and women in particular – can really struggle to find the space needed to practice at the sport they love.

“More than most sports, cricket relies on having a large amount of space – particularly as much of the training needed to improve involves scenario planning.”

To make a donation visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/first-class-futures, or send a cheque, made out to Durham County Cricket Club Foundation, to First Class Futures, Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QR.