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Old Wilsonians' cricket club awarded £73,000 grant for coaching facilities

PUBLISHED: 12:38 10 December 2010

A player in the under 15s Colt Section at Old Wilsonians'

A player in the under 15s Colt Section at Old Wilsonians'

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A cricket club is set to invest in a new practice area after being awarded a grant of £73,000 from the England and Wales Cricket board.

The Old Wilsonians’ Cricket Club, based in Hayes Hill, Hayes, will put the money towards the cost of a four new practice pitches.

Announcing the grant on Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the club was of “strategic and developmental importance” to achieve the board’s goal of developing cricket at a local level.

Committee member at Old Wilsonians’, Michael Pilgrim, said: “We were delighted when we were awarded the grant because we urgently need to extend and up grade our practice facilities especially as we now have a large and thriving youth section at the club.

“Through our ECB qualified coaches we will now be able to introduce a more structured coaching programme for the benefit of the seniors and juniors. Importantly, the new practice area will provide the ideal safe environment for the development of young cricketers.

“We are pleased the ECB and Sport England have recognised the work we do at junior level and we are extremely grateful to them for their most generous support.”

The £73,185 grant will go towards the total cost of the project of £110,000.

Charles Johnson, from Sports England which awarded the grant in partnership with the ECB, said: “The improved practice and coaching facilities at Old Wilsonians 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”

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