Compstall build for the future
Former England Captain Mike Gatting opened Compstall Cricket Club's new pavilion which was built courtesy of a £145,323 grant from ECB.
The Club were prioritised by the Cheshire Cricket Board for investment due to their excellent track record in the delivery of development programmes and clear need for support.
As a result, the club obtained a sizeable chunk of ECB money to complete their project. The funding was sourced from the Community Club Development Programme and the England and Wales Cricket Trust.
"Compstall Cricket Club have proven their commitment to developing the future of English Cricket by their long standing junior development programs," said Gatting, ECB's Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships.
"I am certain that they will continue to prosper and this investment will benefit cricket in Cheshire and the local community."
Compstall are a village club with a proud history. The club were struggling with a dilapidated pavilion which was at significant risk of being condemned as unsafe and determined to build a brand new pavilion.
The club have succeeded in building a new modern pavilion with fully modular changing rooms which are compliant with ECB and Sport England standards, a feature veranda and a multi-use social space. A new machinery store and score box has also been erected.
The project teams stated aim to involve the whole club and the local community was achieved as over £56,000 was generated through in-kind contributions such as donations of labour, expertise and materials by local businesses.
Project manager and former chairman, Alan Smithsaidthe club has a bright future.
"The greatest effect of the new pavilion is the number of new volunteers that have engaged with the club," he said.
"An entirely new committee structure has developed and I look forward to retiring soon and watching the club go from strength to strength."
To cap a memorable day, the occasion was marked by a Kwik Cricket competition involving Marple Hall School and a Twenty20 match between a Compstall Select XI and a Cheshire select XI.