Stayley Cricket Club Secures £50,000 from Sporting Legacy Fund
Stayley Cricket Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Sport England revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.
Stayley Cricket Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding towards the construction of urgently needed changing rooms and in doing so, increase the scope and availability of sport in what is a thriving community resource.
To celebrate the award, local people were invited to a free taster session at Stayley’s Oxford Street ground on Friday 16th August to try out the sport. Anyone still intrested in playing cricket at Stayley CC contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Stalybridge.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the North West who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Club President, Dr Martin Harvey said: “This award is truly wonderful news. The next six months will probably turn out to be the most important period in the club’s 140 years history and the extensive work that we have planned will dramatically improve the enjoyment of sport at all levels within the community.”
Local MP, Jonathan Reynolds, said: “This is fantastic news for Stayley CC. Without this money they probably would have been unable to continue participating in local league games which would have been a real blow to everyone involved.
“There has been strong competition for this money and the hard work of Martin and everyone else who has been involved, means that Stalybridge will now be able to proudly display a piece of the Olympic legacy as its own.”
Stayley Cricket Club is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and on of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.
Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from 21 October 2013. You can find out more at: www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
Stayley are founder members of the Saddleworth & District Cricket League and have played cricket in Millbrook, Stalybridge for over 140 years. Despite this long history, the club had not negotiated a leasehold on its ground and was therefore at risk of redevelopment for housing. It also meant that they could not apply for many of the capital grants available to improve clubs because they did not have this security of tenure. This is a common position for many community clubs, but uncommonly; our negotiations took 30 years to complete.
In 2005, the club suffered an arson attack in which their historic pavilion was destroyed. Without the capital to replace this building, they have been forced to use temporary facilities ever since. It is a compliment to it's members and the good-will of the League, that despite this heart-breaking setback, they have continued to flourish. In 2012, they were awarded ECB Clubmark Accreditation and later the same year they successfully negotiated the lease of their ground.
Having secured their tenancy, their first priority was their changing rooms and in May this year they applied for the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund. Their success in this award will have a major impact on the club. The award will provide £50,000 of the £86,000 towards the provision of changing rooms at the club. The re-negotiated lease agreement will also see a 25% extension of the ground, extended parking facilities and the provision of 5 practice nets within a fully landscaped and enclosed perimeter. This is a major redevelopment of Stayley Cricket Club, and perhaps one of the key moments in its history.