England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive David Collier has welcomed a 50 per cent increase in Sport England's Protecting Playing Fields Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund which is a major boost for grass roots cricket.
Over one third of the 75 awards made in the latest round of funding from the Legacy Fund will go to projects involving cricket.
They are part of a broader share out of £3.5 million in grant aid made possible by strong sales of National Lottery tickets.
The 27 projects involving cricket received sums ranging from £18,000 to £50,000 each which will be used to fund initiatives such as square renovation, improved drainage and levelling of outfields.
Among the cricket clubs receiving awards were:
Collier said: "Access to good quality playing fields is vital for hundreds of local cricket clubs nationwide and we thank Sport England for their continued support of our grassroots game as well as congratulating the individual clubs on their successful submissions.
"This additional funding will help support our wider investment of £96 million into community cricket over the next four years which was recently agreed with the ECB’s Recreational Assembly and will be implemented as part of our new national strategy, Champion Counties."
Sport England Chair Nick Bitel added: "The popularity of this legacy fund shows just how important good local playing fields are to grassroots sport. I’m delighted that even more communities will now benefit thanks to this extra lottery funding. But Sport England’s support for playing fields is about much more than money; every day our experts play a vital role in protecting sports provision through the planning system."
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