Swindon Cricket Club near Dudley has unveiled new state of the art training nets, after Enovert Community Trust stepped in to provide a grant of £42,000 to fund the installation.
An essential part of the club’s training regime, the previous nets had been heavily vandalised and had suffered a tree toppling, which put them out of action. The grant from Enovert Community Trust has been used to install new practice nets and security fencing in a different location to deter further damage.
Contractors Total-Play installed the nets over a two-week period, despite the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic placed on gathering the necessary materials.
Chairman of Swindon Cricket Club, David Darlaston, said: “Without a doubt, the new training nets have played a part in helping all three of our adult Saturday teams secure top spots in their respective leagues, and we really look forward to using them intensively next season. The new nets are a fantastic facility for the village and I sincerely hope that they will attract new players, young and old, to come to train, take part and compete at Swindon CC.”
Ian Watson, Senior Coach at Swindon Cricket Club, said: “The nets play an essential part in the training regime at the Club, helping our team members to keep active, develop in confidence and learn new skills. It was tremendously disappointing that our previous nets were put out of action by wilful vandalism, but we are indebted to Enovert Community Trust for stepping in to fund our project.
“The new nets are now in use and will enable us to recommence our full training programme, in line with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Covid-19 guidance. We’re looking forward to getting our senior and junior teams back to the crease for batting and bowling practice.
“In addition to the installation of the new security fencing, several hedgerows have been removed to improve visibility which we hope will reduce the likelihood of further damage.”
Enovert Community Trust provided the grant through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), an innovative tax credit scheme that enables Landfill Operators to contribute money to a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust said: "The Trustees were delighted to provide a grant to fund the installation of new nets at Swindon Cricket Club. The new nets will offer an opportunity for cricketers of all ages and abilities to ‘have a go’ in a safe environment and provide a community facility that encourages physical exercise and team work.”
Swindon Cricket Club is an entirely voluntary body and the grounds and facilities are monitored and maintained by some 40 volunteers from within the membership. For more information about the club visit www.swindonstaffs.play-cricket.com