Development grant sweeps kids off their feet

Young cricketers from North Stainley CC
Young cricketers from North Stainley CC

Members of North Stainley Cricket Club were jumping for joy when they heard Sport England had awarded them a grant.

The grant is part of the Sport England Small Grants scheme and will fund a programme to improve migration of the junior members through to the senior teams.

Members from the club have worked on the application for over six months developing the project with Yorkshire Cricket Board, Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Sport.

Club secretary Julie Puttock said: “Cricket is well established in North Stainley but as a club we are always keen to improve.

“The grant will support the older junior members as they migrate to senior cricket.

“We want to ensure cricket continues in North Stainley for another generation.

“Lots of people comment that they enjoy driving through North Stainley and see the young people out playing cricket.”

Another part of the project was to reduce the impact of the Yorkshire weather on the development of the sport.

Rain has led to a number of cancelled fixtures during recent seasons so the club is planning ahead and will be using the grant to purchase wicket covers.

The club’s development programme will be making the most of the new equipment funded by the grant.

In 2015 the club will be playing junior mixed teams in the U9 to U15 leagues and will be involved in the Lady Taverners Competition, looking to retain its title of North of England champions.

l Interested players should contact club secretary Julie Puttock.