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Added on: 19th September, 2017 by Caroline_9383
A West Berkshire cricket club’s dream of building a new pavilion has moved a step closer thanks to a donation from a regional builder.
Falkland Cricket Club wants to replace its current pavilion, which was built in 1975 and also houses The Bowlers Arms, as it no longer meets the requirements of players.
The club has now been chosen by Persimmon Homes Thames Valley to become one of its Healthy Communities winners, receiving a £750 donation.
Under the scheme, a host of regional prizes of £750 are up for grabs each month for the rest of 2017, with amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 and under across the region eligible to apply. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 while two runners-up will receive £50,000 each.
The cricket club was set up as a charity to offer cricket activities to children and adults. It is hoped the new pavilion will provide changing facilities for men, women and people with disabilities, plus a new home for The Bowlers Arms, together with second floor offices for Berkshire Cricket Development staff.
The club is also looking to promote cricket to girls at local schools following the success of the England team in the ladies’ world cup.
John Bolan, spokesman for the club, said: “We cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for their support. We are a major community cricket club for the local area and play a strong role in the development of recreational cricket in West Berkshire.
“We want to provide a fit-for-purpose building to increase our activities, including non-cricket activities such as new heritage walks, new music sessions, yoga and community group meetings.”
Martyn Clark, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “It is clear to see that the proposals for a new cricket pavilion will not only help the players, young and old, but also fulfil a need for the local community. We are delighted to be able to support them.”
To find out more about the Healthy Communities scheme, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity