Home comforts for Quatt
Quatt Cricket Club had a day of celebration earlier this month when former England captain Mike Gatting officially opened their new pavilion.
Quatt Cricket Club received a grant of £192,200 from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in partnership with Sport England for the development of the facility.
The club was recognised by ECB and the Shropshire Cricket Board for their strong junior development programme and the growth of their women’s and girls’ section. The grant has allowed Quatt Cricket Club to build a modern pavilion for the benefit of club members, visiting teams and spectators.
The total project cost was approximately £300,000. Alongside ECB’s grant there was a further grant by Sport England (£49,000), Shropshire Council (£40,000), the Local Joint Committee (£5,000) and the Howard Thompson Trust (£2,500). The ECB also made a further grant of £5,000 towards the cost of a mains electricity supply.
Beth Evans, the Club’s Development Manager and Grant Co-ordinator, said: "It was absolutely fantastic when we were informed of the ECB’s grant, not only because it was such a major contribution but also because it acted as the catalyst in achieving the other grants for the necessary partnership funding.
“Our old wooden pavilion had served us well for over 100 years but it had become dilapidated and there was no mains electricity supply or hot running water.
“Although we are a small village club, in recent years the club has grown considerably and for this season we will have five senior teams, two women’s and girls’ teams and three junior teams.
“The Club has achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status and we are also a ‘Chance to Shine Club’ in partnership with the Shropshire Cricket Board and our club coaches provide coaching and play opportunities in two local schools.
“We consider ourselves extremely fortunate in such a challenging economic climate to be able to build a superb modern pavilion with two large changing rooms, umpires’ room, showers and toilets, facilities for people with disabilities, kitchen and large social area with a bar and spectator viewing facility. We took considerable care with the modern design of the pavilion in such an attractive rural location and we were pleased the National Trust and the Council supported our planning application.
“We are extremely grateful to the ECB, Sport England and all those giving grant support because we could not afford this wonderful new facility from our own resources. We regard the grant as an investment in cricket at the club and it will be of benefit to the local community for the long term future.”
ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, Mike Gatting, said: “The ECB is pleased to invest in this project and to give a boost to grassroots facility development and support the growth of women’s and girls’ cricket. It has been planned to input new impetus into the playing future of the local community and I am confident as the investment matures cricket locally will go from strength to strength.”
Sport England’s Director of Property, Charles Johnston, added: “This new pavilion at Quatt Cricket Club has transformed the facilities for playing members, all visiting teams and spectators. We are confident that the ECB’s strategic approach to investing in high-quality, sustainable facilities will help cricket to attract and retain many new participants and create more opportunities to develop sporting talent.”