New pitches for Great Brickhill

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Great Brickhill Cricket Club have been handed a huge boost in their bid to renovate their ground.

The England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) have awarded the club with a grant of £15,000 towards the cost of a two bay synthetic practice area which will give a boost to the club’s coaching programme.

The total project cost was approximately £35,500. The Great Brickhill Parish Council and the Aylesbury District Council also gave support.

Great Brickhill Cricket Club’s Committeeman and Project Manager, Lee Morgan, said he hopes the pitches will be ready by next spring.

He said: : “We were delighted to be awarded the grant because we urgently needed to up-grade our practice facilities.

“The new pitches will be top quality and in accordance with ECB specifications and will be available for use next spring.

“There is no doubt that this new facility will give our coaching programme a major boost and it will benefit all age groups.

“We have over 140 junior cricketers at the club and this two bay synthetic practice area will be the ideal safe environment for the development of young players.

“We are fortunate to be able to develop such a high quality and expensive facility in the present economic climate and we are extremely grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Trust for their most generous financial support.

“We regard the grant as an investment in the cricket at the club for the future and our facilities and the proposed new multi sports play area will also be for the benefit of the local community.”