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Hale Barns Cricket Club – Grant Award


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is pleased to announce that Hale Barns Cricket Club has been awarded a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board in partnership with Sport England.


The investment supports Sport England’s and the ECB’s national strategy 2009 – 2013 which aims to grow the number of people playing sport, sustain participation by encouraging more people to keep playing sport, and help talented sports people excel.


Hale Barns Cricket Club was identified by the Cheshire Cricket Board and by the ECB as a Club of strategic and developmental importance due to their ability to contribute to the ECB’s goal to develop cricket through energising people and partnerships to deliver national goals at a local level, and to inspire people to play cricket.


The Club has been awarded a grant of £27,380 towards the cost of a two bay synthetic practice area which has boosted the Club’s coaching programme.  The actual project cost was £36,480.  The Lord’s Taverners also donated £4,000 towards the cost of the scheme.


The Club’s Secretary, John Petch, said “We were delighted when we were awarded the grant because we urgently needed to up-grade our practice and coaching facilities.  The new synthetic pitches are in accordance with ECB specifications and they provide the ideal safe environment which is so important for the development of young players.”


“We have over 80 young players at the Club and as a result of the new practice facility we have been able to introduce a more structured coaching programme which has benefited all age groups.  The high quality of the practice area has also motivated players and coaches at the practice sessions and we aim to increase participation further.  We work closely with the local schools and we organise a Kwik Cricket Festival for Trafford Schools at the ground from both the state and independent schools.”


“In recent years the Club has made good progress and has achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status.  We are pleased that the ECB has recognised the work we do at junior level and in cricket development generally.”


“We are extremely grateful to ECB and Sport England for the generous grant because we could not afford such a top class facility from our own resources.  We also acknowledge with gratitude the support given to us by the Lord’s Taverners.  We regard the grants as an investment in cricket at the Club for the future benefit of the local community.”

Sport England’s Director of Property, Charles Johnson, said: “The improved practice and coaching facilities at Hale Barns Cricket Club will be welcomed both by experienced players looking to improve their game and by people who are new to cricket. We are confident that the ECB’s strategic approach to investing in high-quality, sustainable facilities will help cricket to attract and retain many new participants and create more opportunities to develop sporting talent”

The £18 million of capital investment which has been awarded to cricket will be distributed to strategically identified applicants who can evidence their contribution to the games outcomes to grow and sustain current levels of participation, improve people’s experience of cricket and improve the quality and opportunity to develop talent.

Projects eligible during this period include fine turf provision, non turf provision, land purchase for cricketing purposes, indoor provision for cricketing purposes and communal changing facilities.


Bruce Cruse, the ECB’s National Funding and Facilities Manager said: “The ECB is pleased to invest in this worthy project and to give a boost to grass roots facility development.  It has been planned to input new impetus into the playing future of the local community.  I am confident as the investment matures cricket locally will go from strength to strength.”


For further information, contact Mike Turner, MBE on (0116) 283 1615.


Club Quote can be obtained from the contact at the Club – John Petch (Secretary) on 0161 428 2042 or Ian Bishop (Chairman) on 0161 962 5833.



Notes to editors:

Sport England’s current strategy commits them to deliver through National Governing Bodies of Sport on a series of demanding targets by 2012/2013:


  • One million more people doing more sport
  • A 25% reduction in the number of 16 – 18 year olds who drop out of 5 key sports
  • Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports
  • A measurable increase in people’s satisfaction with their experience of sport – the first time the organisation has had such a qualitative target
  • A major contribution to the delivery of the five hour offer for children and young people.


The England and Wales Cricket Board is one of forty six sports to receive investment via Sport England over the next four years, twenty three of which have directly received capital investment.


The capital funding is provided by HM Exchequer through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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