Lottery cash is a big hit with cricket club

By Tim Clarke 22/05 Updated: 22/05 17:16

Buy photos » Members of Worcester Nomads celebrate their funding boost. Picture courtesy of James Duckhouse.

A CRICKET club in Worcester has been bowled over by an Olympic cash boost of £50,000 which will enable it to expand its existing pavilion and improve the facilities for its players.

Worcester Nomads Cricket Club has been handed the funding by Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund, which aims to leave a sporting legacy for communities across the country in the wake of this summer's London Olympics.

The money will enable the club to extend the existing pavilion to include an equipment store, umpires room and a scorebox.

The changing rooms and showers, club room, bar, kitchen and toilet will also be improved.

Nomads is one of 350 local community sports groups who have been offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding through the fund.

Club chairman Christopher Marsh, said: “We are delighted to secure one of the first Inspired Facilities grants, which will enable us to upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our coaches. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

Sport England’s Chair Richard Lewis, said the investment would create a fantastic sporting legacy for Worcester.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Worcestershire," he said.

"It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community. For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

The money has come from the first of five funding rounds with the second round having opened on February 1, offering hundreds more local groups the chance to bid for a further £10million of funding.

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