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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is pleased to announce that Copley Cricket Club has been awarded a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board in partnership with Sport England.


The investment supports Sport England’s and the ECB’s national strategy 2009 – 2013 which aims to grow the number of people playing sport, sustain participation by encouraging more people to keep playing sport, and help talented sports people excel.


Copley Cricket Club was identified by the Yorkshire Cricket Board and by the ECB as a Club of strategic and developmental importance due to their ability to contribute to the ECB’s goal to develop cricket through encouraging people and partnerships to deliver national goals at a local level, and to inspire people to play cricket.  


The Club has been awarded a grant of £337,295 towards the cost of a major refurbishment and an extension of their pavilion.  The total project cost is approximately £586,000.  The Club was also supported by the SITA Environmental Trust (£50,000), the Big Lottery’s Awards for All (£10,000) and Calderdale Council (£2,100).


Richard Hoyle, the Club’s Chairman said, “We were delighted when ECB partnered by Sport England awarded the grant because this made the whole project possible.  We urgently needed to redevelop the pavilion because we have increased participation considerably as we now have approximately 150 junior members at the Club and, importantly, we have now developed a girls section and we will have three girls’ teams this summer.”


“Our pavilion has been transformed and we now have an attractive balconied building with three new dressing rooms (one for the girls) and an Umpires’ room built to ECB specifications, new toilets and shower facilities, bar and social area, kitchen and a secure machinery and equipment store.”


“In recent years we have made good progress and the Club has achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status and through our progressive coaching programme we provide coaching and play opportunities in six local schools and we aim to further increase the participation in the playing of the game.”


“We are especially pleased that the ECB has recognised the work we do in connection with the development of the game.  We are extremely grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board and Sport England for their most generous grant and we express gratitude for the support given to us by SITA Environmental Trust, Awards for All and the Calderdale Council.  We regard the grants as an investment in Cricket at the Club for the future and for the benefit of the community.”


“We aim for the pavilion to be available for use by the early part of the coming season and to this end were very pleased when ECB awarded us the accolade of being a ‘National Showcase Club’ in connection with the NatWest CricketForce initiative on Sunday 1st April.  This is essentially a day when our Club members and our community partners act as volunteers for specific projects inside the new pavilion and also landscaping and preparing the cricket ground for the start of the new season.”


“During the summer, after the pavilion has been completed, we plan to have an ‘Official Opening’ when the former England Captain, Mike Gatting OBE, will officiate and this will give us an opportunity to express appreciation to all our sponsors, contractors, Club members, supporters and volunteers as this project has been a real team effort.”

Sport England’s Director of Property, Charles Johnson, said: “The pavilion refurbishment and extension will obviously help the development of cricket at Copley Cricket Club and the new facilities will be welcomed by all the players and visitors to the Club.  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. “

The £18 million of capital investment which has been awarded to cricket will be distributed to strategically identified applicants who can evidence their contribution to the games outcomes to grow and sustain current levels of participation, improve people’s experience of cricket and improve the quality and opportunity to develop talent.


Projects eligible during this period include fine turf provision, non turf provision, land purchase for cricketing purposes, indoor provision for cricketing purposes and communal changing facilities.


Bruce Cruse, the ECB’s National Funding and Facilities Manager said: “The ECB is pleased to invest in this worthy project and to give a boost to grass roots facility development.  It has been planned to input new impetus into the playing future of the local community.  I am confident as the investment matures cricket locally will go from strength to strength.”


For further information, contact Mike Turner, MBE on (0116) 283 1615.


Club Quote can be obtained from the contact at the Club – Richard Hoyle on 07919 165437 or 01422 370143.


Notes to editors:

Sport England’s current strategy commits them to deliver through National Governing Bodies of Sport on a series of demanding targets by 2012/2013:


 One million more people doing more sport

 A 25% reduction in the number of 16 – 18 year olds who drop out of 5 key sports

 Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports

 A measurable increase in people’s satisfaction with their experience of sport – the first time the organisation has had such a qualitative target

 A major contribution to the delivery of the five hour offer for children and young people.


The England and Wales Cricket Board is one of forty six sports to receive investment via Sport England over the next four years, twenty three of which have directly received capital investment.


The capital funding is provided by HM Exchequer through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board.