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ECB CEO welcomes Sport England funding boost

ECB Chief Executive David Collier today welcomed Sport England's announcement of a 50% increase in its Protecting Playing Fields Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund as a major boost for grassroots cricket.

More than a third of the 75 awards made in the latest round of funding from the Legacy Fund will go to projects involving cricket.  

The funding awards, which followed a record number of bids by sporting organisations, are part of a wider share out of £3.5 million in grant aid made possible by strong sales of National Lottery tickets.

The 27 projects involving cricket received sums ranging from £18,000 to £50,000 each which will be used to fund initiatives such as square renovation, improved drainage and levelling of outfields.

Among the cricket clubs receiving awards were:

Bewdley CC, West Midlands (£50,000)
Great Harwood CC, North West (£50,000)
Woodhouses CC, North West (£48,640)
Wakefield Thornes CC, Yorkshire (£49,800)
Atherstone Town CC, West Midlands (£49,800)
Alnwick CC, North East (£49,122)
Calstock CC, South West, (£50,000)
Bedlington CC, North East (£50,000)
Ullenwood Bharat CC, South West (£50,000)
Greenside CC, North East (£50,000)

Collier said: "Access to good-quality playing fields is vital for hundreds of local cricket clubs nationwide and we thank Sport England for their continued support of our grassroots game as well as congratulating the individual clubs on their successful submissions.

"This additional funding will help support our wider investment of £96 million into community cricket over the next four years which was recently agreed with the ECB's Recreational Assembly and will be implemented as part of our new national strategy, Champion Counties."

Sport England chair Nick Bitel said: "The popularity of this legacy fund shows just how important good local playing fields are to grassroots sport. I'm delighted that even more communities will now benefit thanks to this extra lottery funding. But Sport England's support for playing fields is about much more than money; every day our experts play a vital role in protecting sports provision through the planning system."


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