Cricket clubs in Dorset have welcomed the news that the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) have made £500,000 in grants available to cricket clubs affected by the bad weather over winter.
The money will be made available to clubs in the south west and south east that were worst hit by the storms that saw many grounds suffering from flooding and damage caused by the high winds. It is hoped that this boost in funds will help with the clear up effort and make it possible for clubs to play in 2014.
‘The recent bad weather has inflicted extensive damage upon our network of recreational cricket clubs and left a significant number facing a real threat to their continued existence.’ – David Collier
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “The recent bad weather has inflicted extensive damage upon our network of recreational cricket clubs and left a significant number facing a real threat to their continued existence.”
Clubs have also been assisted through the NatWest CricketForce initiative that aims to bring communities and cricket clubs together to get grounds ready for the new season. Currently 26 clubs in Dorset have signed up and Cerne Valley CC have embraced the scheme with open arms.
Chairman Roly Wilkinson said: “It’s been great getting everyone together to help out their local club, not only has it helped us get the ground cleared up for the season but it’s helped strengthen the community links.”
The EWCT grant comes in addition to the £5 million set aside earlier in the year by Sport England aimed at sports facilities hit by the weather.