Club News

Opening of Bartestree and Lugwardine
Cricket Club New Practice Nets

(Thursday 23rd August 2012 7.00 pm)

Bartestree and Lugwardine Cricket Club officially opened their new state of the art practice nets complex last week when representatives from the England and Wales Cricket Board and many club members and guests were present.

Herefordshire Cricket  and the England and Wales Cricket Board identified the Bartestree and Lugwardine Cricket Club for support due to the strength of their junior development programme and for their particular focus on Women's and Girl's cricket. The ECB partnered by Sport England awarded a grant of £39,348 towards the cost of a three bay synthetic practice area. The total project cost was £52,500 approximately.

Additional funding was provided by a generous donation from Clive Richards OBE, who also took part in the opening ceremony, and grants from The Lord’s Taverners, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, The Rank Foundation and Carlsberg. The nets facility was designed and constructed to the highest specifications, using their unique netting structure, sub-surface preparation and carpet materials, by Total-play Ltd.

Short speeches were made by John Huband, the ECB Regional Funding and Facilities Manager, Clive Richards, and Laura Newton, ECB Business Support Manager and former opening bat and fast bowler for the England Women’s Cricket Team. Laura and Clive then unveiled a plaque and Laura gave a demonstration of cricket skills with club members, focussing on the up-and-coming junior girls.

The Club's Secretary, Nigel Shore said ''We were delighted to receive this grant and want to express our appreciation to ECB and Sport England, and all our donors, as well as to Ed Price of Herefordshire Cricket for his solid support throughout this process. It is a recognition of how far we have come since the Club was formed in 1997, and of our achievements in developing a large, vibrant junior section. Our next big target is as a focus hub for the development of Women’s and Girl’s cricket. The Olympics have just shown the fantastic abilities of sportswomen and we want to help to make cricket another sport in which women and girls naturally participate and excel. The new nets will give a huge boost to the standard of coaching and practice which we can offer, and really help us to retain and develop our senior players.”

ECB National Funding and Facilities Manager, Bruce Cruse said “ The England and Wales Cricket Board is pleased to invest in this project and to give a boost to grass roots facility development and support the growth of junior and women's and girl's cricket in particular. It has been planned to put new impetus into the playing future of the local community and I am confident as the investment matures cricket locally will go from strength to strength.”

Sport England's Director of Property, Charles Johnston, said '' The improved practice facilities at the club will be welcomed both by experienced players looking to improve their game and by people new to cricket. We are confident that the ECB's strategic approach to investing in high quality,sustainable facilities will help cricket to attract and retain many new participants and create more opportunities to develop sporting talent.''

Links: (Laura Newton)