Rainford get pavilion boost
Rainford Cricket Club opened their new pavilion in appropriate style with a festival of junior cricket followed by an official ceremony performed by local officials and long time supporters of the club.
The project costing £225,000 was funded by a £140,000 award from the England and Wales Cricket Board in partnership with Sport England; a £25,000 grant from the St Helens Council Youth Capital Fund; sponsorship from Beesley and Fildes Ltd and fundraising by club members and friends.
A brilliant day and a packed Jubilee Recreation Ground saw Mavis Hemingway, wife of the late Tony Hemingway, former Secretary, President and inspirational force behind the developments at the club, cut the ribbon to officially declare the pavilion open.
Mavis was accompanied by Cllr David Grice, Chairman of Rainford Parish Council, David Boocock, Head of Sport Development at St Helens Council and Paul Bryson and Shaun Anders from the Lancashire Cricket Board.
Tony Ford, Rainford CC President, who conducted the ceremony, said: “We sincerely thank the ECB and Sport England for their generous grant and acknowledge the contribution from St. Helens Council specifically recognising our progress with girl’s cricket. We are also grateful for the support from Paul Bryson, Merseyside Cricket Development Manager and from Dan Musson, the ECB’s Regional Funding and Facilities Manager.”
He added: “In recent years the Club has made considerable progress on and off the field. We have achieved the ECB’s Clubmark and Focus Club status as one of the leading clubs in the country and have developed a very strong junior section, underpinning everything we do. The new facilities will enable us to continue at pace.”
Sport England’s Director of Property, Charles Johnson, said: “The new changing facilities will be welcomed by all who play at Rainford Cricket Club and particular attention has been given to the facilities for woman and girls.
“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.”
Bruce Cruse, the ECB’s National Funding and Facilities Manager, said: “The ECB is pleased to invest in this worthy project and to give a boost to grassroots facility development.
“It has been planned to input new impetus into the playing future of the local community. I am confident that as the investment matures, cricket locally will go from strength to strength.”