Monday 10 November 2008 

Hat-Trick Of Councils Bowled Over By Award Hope

An innovative partnership project to improve facilities at Trent Bridge cricket ground to secure its future as an international cricket venue has gained a prestigious nomination in the local government Oscars.

Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, East Midlands Development Agency and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have been shortlisted in the best Public-Private Partnership category of the Local Government Chronicle Local Government Chronicle Awards following the completion of redevelopment work at Trent Bridge.

The partners co-funded the £8.2m project which increased capacity and saw the installation of a new stand, replay screen, permanent floodlights and an office block and the cricket club has committed to a series of community milestones to repay the support.

The deal is already reaping rewards as the venue has been chosen to co-host the ICC World Twenty20 in June 2009 along with Lord’s and The Oval.

All three councils provided a loan of £1.23m to the cricket club on beneficial terms which enabled them to approach the East Midlands Development Agency for a grant of £2.5m to make up the balance of the funds required, along with a £2m contribution from the club. Works started in September 2007 and were completed in June 2008, when the new facilities were officially opened by HRH Prince Philip.

The submission to the LGC Awards highlighted the fact that Test cricket at Trent Bridge served to boost the regional economy, as well as outlining how major matches give Nottingham and Trent Bridge stature within the national and international sports community, contributing to the region’s build-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Trent Bridge has been selected to appear in the official London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.

Allen Graham, chief executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Jane Todd, chief executive of Nottingham City Council, Mick Burrows, chief executive at Notts County Council, Derek Brewer, chief executive at Notts County Cricket Club and Jeff Moore, chief executive at emda said jointly:

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Notts Councils have a history of joining forces and this project is a win-win for all organisations. It shows how working together will ensure that Notts is the home of great sport.

“Trent Bridge is arguably as world renowned and linked to Nottinghamshire as Robin Hood and this partnership moved swiftly, decisively and effectively to safeguard the future of international test cricket at Trent Bridge. The partners co-funded the expansion of an £8.2m development which was necessary to increase crowd capacity to hold international games.

“The partners get a lot back from the deal collectively and individually including a renewed interest in cricket among local people, a guaranteed great sporting venue, opportunities to tackle anti-social behaviour with sport, coaching in schools, hopefully more future England cricket players, development of local cricket clubs and economic benefits from hosting major matches.”

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