Olympic legacy boost for Silverdale Cricket Club

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17 Apr 2012

Newcastle’s Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, has presented Silverdale Cricket club with cheques totalling over £75,000 in sporting legacy grants secured from Sport England and a community scheme run by Barclays Bank.

The funding will allow for new and improved buildings and changing rooms, as well as helping the club to install floodlighting and refurbish its playing facilities.

Congratulating the volunteers at the club, Mr Farrelly – who is a member of the Parliamentary committee with responsibility for oversight of the Olympics – said:

‘They do a great job for the local community, getting so many youngsters involved. This latest success is a testament to their dedication – and to the invaluable contribution that Sport England and companies like Barclays can make to both grassroots sports and local communities. They all have my heartfelt thanks.’

This money follows funding five years ago from the Barclays Spaces for Sports scheme worth £70,000, which has already been used to fund an artificial pitch and net practice area.

The latest additional grant of £50,000 from Sport England is art of a nationwide package – the Inspired Facilities Fund - to ensure that hosting the Olympics in London will benefit sports grounds around the whole of the country.

Barclays is adding just over £25,000 of its money to help the club realise its latest plans and the presentation was attended by local Newcastle branch manager Jane Smith, along with Jayne Lloyd from Barclays Spaces for Sports and Mark Thornewill, from the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sports Partnership. 

The club’s chairman, Ian Baker, said: ‘Without these investments our project would not have got off the ground. Our sports facilities project will deliver a significant increase in the use of our premises and widen sporting opportunities for the local community – all will benefit from new high quality facilities which are currently lacking.’

As he did five years ago, Mr Farrelly joined in with a letter of support for the bid, which was organised by Club Secretary Jim Rowley, a retired finance director of our local NHS.

Silverdale Cricket Club is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the Inspired Facilities Fund, which gives a helping hand to freshening up existing sports grounds and buildings.

Pictured above: Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly with the donors, volunteers, members and children at Silverdale Cricket Club