Bowled over with £5k boost

Release Date: 21 June 2017

Hampton Hill cricketers have been bowled over with a new refurbished artificial match pitch – thanks to funding from Richmond Council.

Thanks to £5,000 from the Council’s Civic Pride Fund, Hampton Hill Cricket club have been able to refurbish their facilities and resurface the artificial match pitch. 

This is part of a larger project where the practice pitch will also be re-surfaced at later date.

The project has enabled the club to continue its expansion of junior cricket support – which includes All Stars Cricket for children aged 5-8 years old and the launch of a new girls-team.

The club has now also sponsored four Level 2 coaches and the refurbished facility will enable them to coach the age group teams in a safe environment.

The Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5k are available to organisations and £1k for individuals.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, said:

“Yet again – Richmond Council is supporting the local community through the Civic Pride grants scheme. This demonstrates our commitment to working with the community to deliver improvements and activities in the local area.  

“This is exactly the type of project that the Council looks to fund through the Civic Pride Fund. The improved facilities at the cricket club will not only give opportunities for children and young people across the borough to get fit, but will also hopefully help create the cricketers of the future.”

Stephen Fidler, Chairman of Hampton Hill Cricket club, said:

“The club are extremely grateful for this award from the Civic Pride Fund. The new facilities will allow us to continue to expand the amount and variety of cricket we can offer to the community at all levels of the game"

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Reference: P284/17

Updated: 30 June 2017