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Added on: 10th November, 2017 by Samantha_10597
Junior cricket is set to return to a Hampshire village for the first time in 20 years, with support from a regional builder.
AWE Tadley Cricket Club has been chosen by Persimmon Homes Thames Valley to become one of its Healthy Communities winners, and has received a grant of £750.
Under the scheme, a host of regional prizes are up for grabs each month for the rest of 2017, with amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under 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.
Neil Deller-Merricks from AWE Tadley CC said: “Junior cricket in our town is not well supported, with the nearest clubs being several miles away.
“We have just reinstated a junior cricket section after 20 years without junior participation. We have found 38 new youngsters this year, aged from 5 to 13 years, and would like to train up six new volunteer coaches and supporters to be able to run teams in the local leagues next year.
“Thanks to Persimmon Homes we will be able to buy new equipment in junior sizes, a new net area for safe bowling and batting practice, and work towards an all-weather pitch for matches to be played on.”
Rachel Faulkner, Sales Director at Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “Our Healthy Communities scheme aims to create a real sporting legacy and it is great to see a cricket club that is inspiring so many youngsters to get out and enjoy their sport.
“If people were unsuccessful last month in their Healthy Communities application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”
To find out more, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity