Cricket grant boost for Saffrons

Mike Gatting
Mike Gatting

Eastbourne Cricket Club have successfully been awarded a grant to enhance its facilities approved by the Sussex Cricket Board.

The financial boost will enable the club to purchase cricket square waterproof sheeting and water removal machinery to produce higher grade pitches and enable more play in damp weather conditions. The funding forms part of the England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) Small Grant Scheme, supported by Waitrose, which creates a sustainable future for affiliated cricket clubs through vital improvement of their facilities. Waitrose, the England Team sponsor, supported the Scheme by pledging £100 for every four or six scored across the entire home international summer in 2014.

The Waitrose donation, alongside investment from Sport England and the England and Wales Cricket Trust, has allowed more local communities to benefit from refurbishments to kitchens and social areas, the purchase of covers, supporting ECB’s Get the Game on campaign, and environmental sustainability in cricket clubs.

David Lockyer – ECC Secretary said, “We are really delighted to receive this grant to upgrade our facilities.

“It’s provided valuable support for what would have been an expensive project and helps provide a long term investment to benefit the local community here.”

Mike Gatting, ECB Cricket Partnership Ambassador, said, “We’re passionate about creating a sustainable future for cricket clubs and their communities across England and Wales. Small grants to clubs like Eastbourne make a huge difference.”