SITA funding boost for Tynemouth Cricket Club

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Tynemouth Cricket Club is celebrating after it received a £20,000 funding award from the SITA Trust.

The money will go towards the refurbishment of the three lane, outdoor, all weather cricket nets at their Preston Avenue ground.

It is hoped the facility will be upgraded in time for pre-season training outdoors in April.

Currently the seniors are training using indoor nets on Tuesday evenings at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, but they are looking forward to moving outside as soon as the weather and light permits.

The current three lane outdoor nets at Tynemouth have served well for many years, however, they are now in need of refurbishment to ensure quality training can be continued and health and safety complied with.

The work will see the facility greatly improved with new netting, carpets, shock pad and top levels of aggregate.

Graeme Hallam, chairman of Tynemouth CC, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from SITA Trust to fully refurbish the outdoor training facilities.

“They play a huge part in providing opportunities for players of all ages, both genders and all abilities to improve their cricket.

“On most nights during the week we host practice evenings for either seniors, juniors, or girls’ cricket.

“On a Friday evening we can have up to approximately 100 boys and girls from the age of five and up to 15 practising at the ground.

“This award helps us to achieve one of the main current items in our development plan with the overall objective of providing first class facilities for all of our members.”

Marianne Ivin, from SITA Trust, added: “Tynemouth Cricket Club have proven to be a much respected club in the area and their reputation for engaging the community is second to none.

“Cricket net projects prove very popular and it is very clear that this refurbishment project is more than justified with the huge levels of user numbers attending the club.

“SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4bn.”

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.

To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,700 projects to a combined value of over £105m using tax credits donated by SITA UK.

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit www.sitatrust.org.uk