Net gain for Rode Park and Lawton CC
Rode Park and Lawton Cricket Club in Cheshire has completed a massive project to replace its practice facilities, thanks in part to a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The ECB funded 75% of the cost of the renovation, which was close to £40,000, having awarded the grant in December 2010. The Lord’s Taverners, Cheshire East Council and club fundraising covered the rest of the cost, while the Cheshire Cricket Board provided great club development support throughout the project.
The club’s previous nets were unsuitable for practice. Experienced senior players gained little benefit from using them and they were too dangerous for youngsters to fully participate.
The new nets, the cornerstone of a five-year development plan written in 2008, have enabled the club to improve the quality of senior practice and increase participation. In 2008 the club had 28 junior members and now has 75, more than doubling its 2012 target.
The increase in junior numbers has stimulated people to coach them, with several parents taking coaching courses and regularly helping at practice sessions.
The upgraded facilities have also highlighted shortcomings in other areas of the club and a team of four to six people now spends winter weekends renovating other areas, including plastering and painting walls.