Dorridge Cricket Club has been awarded an £18,000 grant from the England and Wales Cricket Trust.
The money will go towards the cost of a two-bay synthetic practice area, which has enabled the club to boost its training and coaching programme. The Lord’s Taverners also donated £3,000, and the total project cost was approximately £27,000.
The club’s President, John Wright, said: “We were delighted when we were awarded the grant because we urgently needed to up-grade our practice and coaching facilities. We have over 150 junior cricketers at the club, and the new synthetic pitches provide the ideal safe environment for the development of young players.
“The top quality practice pitches will enable us to introduce a more structured coaching programme which will benefit all age groups.
“In recent years the club has made good progress and we have achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status. The club also works closely with local schools and we are pleased the England and Wales Cricket Board has recognised the work we do at junior level in the development of the game.
“The club is grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Trust for their most generous grant and we also acknowledge with gratitude the support given by the Lord’s Taverners. We regard the grants as an investment in cricket at the club for the future benefit of the local community.”