Harold Wood get £30,000 grant
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 June 2015
Cricket club to install all weather nets
Harold Wood Cricket Club is among 149 projects to secure a share of £16.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England that will help improve facilities and playing fields across the country.
Harold Wood has been awarded £30,000 to install all weather practice cricket nets and club chairman Tom Clarke said: “We are some incredibly pleased to have been been awarded this grant. This will bring our old existing practice facilities bang up to date and will provide our members and also the public with a park and club they can be proud of.”
The announcement comes as Sport England revealed that it has reached a major funding milestone, having invested £5 billion in grassroots sport in the last 20 years.
Since 1994, the year Tom Daley was born, Wet Wet Wet topped the charts with Love Is All Around and the Channel Tunnel opened, Sport England has made tens of thousands of investments – totalling £5 billion.
Sport England’s Property Director Charles Johnston said: “£5 billion is a huge sum of money, but it’s the projects and people that that money supports which are really important.
“We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.
“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country. By giving people top-class, sustainable facilities in which to play sport, and by improving and protecting our playing surfaces, we’re ensuring that more people can pay sport, more often.”
The latest round of facility funding will help create new changing rooms, pavilions and artificial grass pitches as well as protecting and improving grass pitches to make people’s sporting experiences better.