Boost for Chulmleigh cricket

Joseph Bulmer

CHULMLEIGH and Mid Devon Cricket Club has been awarded a grant of �15,642 from the England and Wales Cricket Trust.

The EWCTs grant aid programme aims to finance capital projects, including renovations to improve facilities which contribute to sustaining and increasing participation.

The grant is towards the cost of a two bay synthetic practice area, which has enabled the club to boost its training and coaching programme. The total project cost was around �38,000.

Chulmleigh and Mid Devon was identified by the Devon Cricket Board and by the ECB as a club of strategic and developmental importance due to its ongoing contribution to the grassroots game.

Club vice president Ian Jury said: “We were truly delighted when we heard we had received the grant award as we had no proper outdoor practice facilities at the cricket ground.The opportunity arose when our landowners kindly agreed to extend the lease to adjoining land, providing the site for the new practice area. We also achieved ECB Clubmark status and this enabled us to make an application for the grant.”

“We have two ECB qualified coaches and are adding three more this year. This season we will be able to introduce a much more structured coaching programme which will benefit all age groups at the club.

“The new nets are excellent and will provide the ideal conditions for the coaching and development of young cricketers. We have over 50 junior players in four different age groups. We partner with seven local primary schools and the community college to provide youth cricket across a large area and stage a primary school kwik cricket competition on the ground every year. Because of our very active junior programme we are confident that we will increase participation in the playing of the game at the club.

“We are really pleased that the ECB has recognised the work we do at junior level and we are especially grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Trust for the generous grant. We also acknowledge the grants received from Sport England (�10,000), the Lord’s Taverners (�4,000), Grass Roots (�2,000), Devon County Council (�1,200), North Devon Council (�500), Viscount Amory (�500) and Devon Playing Fields Association (�500) towards the total project. Without all this support we could not afford these top quality practice facilities from our own resources. “