7:50am Tuesday 13th August 2013
CRICKETERS have been bowled over with news of a windfall of almost £24,000 to give Halesowen Cricket Club’s pavilion a much needed facelift after being damaged by rain.
Urgent roof repairs are needed at the Seth Somers Park club after rain poured in damaging the electrics and fabric of the building which houses the club bar and function room as well as changing facilities.
Recently-appointed chairman Richard Evans said the Sport England grant of £23,888 was “a massive weight of our minds” and is anxious for contractors to start on the roof as soon as possible before the weather turns.
The front half will be completely replaced and good tiles used to replace broken tiles on the back half.
Mr Evans said the grant would also pay for new flooring, lights and electrics and new patio doors.
“The club will part fund by carrying out the decoration of the club.
“The grant is a massive boost as the bar and function room are the life blood of the club, providing the income to help run the cricket,” added Mr Evans, who hopes the work will be complete by Christmas.
The grant is part of a £1.8 million investment boost to grassroots sports clubs in the West Midlands from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund.
Halesowen is one of 35 clubs across the region to be awarded a share of the money to improve facilities.
A year on from the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Sport England has also committed a further £40 million National Lottery funding to extend the legacy fund nationwide until 2017.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson said this latest injection of National Lottery funding demonstrated the longevity of the Olympic legacy.
Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from October 21. For details visit www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
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