Whalley Range CC opens £25,000 practice nets complex
Whalley Range CC officially opened its £25,000 state of the arts practice nets complex on Sunday 8th July, the latest element of its ambitious plans for the Club.
The two bay synthetic practice area, plus the bowling machine, was funded by grants of £10,000 each from the England and Wales Cricket Trust and the Manchester City Council, plus donations from Manchester Airport Community Fund and members and friends of the Cricket Club.
Mike Hill, the Club’s Chairman of Cricket said “The nets have already proved their worth during this miserable summer, allowing us to practice when everywhere else on the ground has been unplayable. We have over 100 junior cricketers at the Club and this new facility has given our structured coaching programme a major boost. The pitches are excellent and all age groups from Under 11 to 1st Team regulars have improved their skills.”
Fallowfield Councillor Mike Amesbury commented: “The cricket section is just part of a community club offering sport to local residents, including tennis and softball, and we are delighted to support the Club’s ambitions”. Cricket Development Officer, Paul McGuffog added: “The City Council have a keen focus on all sports in Manchester and cricket participation in Manchester is increasing through clubs like Whalley Range CC and elsewhere.”
Brian Havill, EWCT Trustee said, “The England and Wales Cricket Trust is pleased to support projects which will help to increase participation and enhance a club’s facilities. It is important that cricket clubs have access to funding, such as through this grant aid programme, that allows them to make their facilities available to the local community, schools and community groups.”
Bobby Denning, the Cricket Development Manager for Lancashire Cricket Board, said: “The strength of the county championship winning Lancashire side is built on a platform of strong local clubs with their roots in the community and the LCB is committed to strengthening facilities throughout the region. Whalley Range CC is a Clubmark and Focus Club, which through this investment has the capacity to produce better cricketers playing to a higher standard.”
Whalley Range CC was founded in the 1850’s and has played at Kingsbrook Road since 1921. It has three senior teams in the Manchester & District Cricket Association, a Midweek XI and Sunday Friendly XI, plus junior teams from U9s to U18s. It has 110 junior members, 24 of whom represent City of Manchester district teams and two have represented Lancashire at U13s and U14s. The 1st XI played in the prestigious Lancashire Cup this season.