Members of a thriving community cricket club in Lincolnshire have been bowled over after a much-needed £17,450 donation helped them build new welfare facilities.
Uffington Cricket Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities and is home to popular teams for women and youngsters. Boosting accessibility to the entire community, the recent grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund has enabled the club to develop a new female changing room and showers, plus give the onsite kitchen a facelift.
Ginny Bray, Uffington Cricket Club’s head of juniors and women’s cricket, said: “We are very grateful to Tarmac for their donation, which is helping us deliver our inclusivity agenda.
“The new facilities have modernised the club, so women and girls can now use our wonderful sports venue on equal terms, and the rest of the community will also benefit from the improvements.
“The club has evolved to be more inclusive for the wider community, with four local schools using the facilities, and a festival of cricket every year for children with special needs.”
Craig Leigh, quarry manager at Tarmac’s nearby Maxey Quarry, said: “We’re proud to have had the opportunity to donate to such a great project which will provide so many benefits to the local community.
“Giving back to and supporting the communities in which we operate is something we strive to do across the whole of our business, and we’re delighted to see the Uffington Cricket Club refurb now complete. Congratulations to all involved with the project!”
Over the past seven years, Uffington Cricket Club has expanded from a traditional village club to a pivotal hub serving the entire community – with its members aged between four and 84. The club’s facilities are also used by the wider community as a venue for social events.
Picture caption: Officially opening the facilities are Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver, both professional cricketers and members of the England team. L-R are Katherine Brunt (England cricketer), John Burton (chairman of Uffington Cricket Club) and Nat Sciver (England cricketer).