Further to them receiving ECB grants, two Sussex cricket clubs have been able to make much needed improvements to their practice facilities.
Both Findon Cricket Club and Horsham Cricket Club have redeveloped their net facilities, and received their grants partly on the basis that they are both progressive clubs in terms of developing cricket for women and girls.
Findon in particular are seeking to increase the numbers of girls participating at their club, further to their inclusion in the Sussex Cricket Board ‘Chance 2 Shine Girls Project’ which is part of the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine scheme supported by Brit Insurance.
Both clubs are hosting opening ceremonies, which will see the new facilities opened by Sussex Womens players Caroline Atkins, Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor.
The ceremony at Horsham will take place at 6.00pm on Friday 22nd April, whilst Findon’s opening will be at 10.00am on Saturday 23rd April.
Tim Shutt, Sussex Cricket Board’s Cricket Development Manager said: “Obviously these improved net facilities are there to benefit the entire club, but both of these clubs are currently placing a significant emphasis on developing the level of women and girls activity in their respective clubs, in terms of the quantity and also quality.
“These improved practice facilities will be a significant contributory factor to achieving their objectives in this area. Although additional funding has been sought, both clubs would like to record their thanks to the ECB for their significant contributions.”