Cricket club given nearly £20k for repairs after flood damage

The Oxford Times: Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the grant Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the grant

A CRICKET club has been given amost £19,000 to repair its pitch which was damaged in this year’s floods.

Swinbrook Cricket Club, near Burford, was given the grant with National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund.

Its pitch was badly damaged after it was under water for more than nine weeks .

In February, Sport England launched the £5m Flood Relief Fund in a bid to help clean up and repair sports pitches and facilities and get them back up and running.

Swinbrook Cricket Club plans to use the money to replace the artificial wicket and practice nets’ surfaces, and a fence.

Chief executive of Sport England Jennie Price said: “The storms and floods devastated many sports facilities across England.

“We want to play our part in helping communities get back to normal, and we are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to Swinbrook Cricket Club to help it get back up and running as soon as possible.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Swinbrook Cricket Club is a fantastic example of the sort of volunteer led sports clubs that we need to see expand right across the country.

“The club, which suffered significant damage during the recent floods, thoroughly deserve their award from Sport England.  A big well done and thank you to everyone involved.”

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3:06am Mon 30 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Bishops Waltham Gateway Club couldn't get Lottery funding. I'd expect cricketers to have the means to deal with this problem themselves, more so than the physically and mentally handicapped supported by Gateway. ? Que pasa
Bishops Waltham Gateway Club couldn't get Lottery funding. I'd expect cricketers to have the means to deal with this problem themselves, more so than the physically and mentally handicapped supported by Gateway. ? Que pasa Lord Palmerstone
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8:33am Mon 30 Jun 14

jonny1976 says...

It floods every time it rains there. ITS ON A FLOOD PLAIN. Would be easier to move the club as its only going to flood time and time again.
It floods every time it rains there. ITS ON A FLOOD PLAIN. Would be easier to move the club as its only going to flood time and time again. jonny1976
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