Sports surface specialist total-play Ltd has been appointed by Calmore Sport’s Cricket Club to upgrade its facilities following the club’s receipt of a £25,000 grant courtesy of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities initiative.
Part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme, the funding is aimed at bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. When completed, like all facilities funded by the programme, Calmore’s new non turf cricket facilities will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark; celebrating its link to the 2012 games.
The project will see total-play replace an existing two lane non-turf practice system, which has been in-situ for over 10 years, with a brand new, fully carpeted 2-lane 27m open system built to total-play’s tp365 ECB-approved design. Meanwhile, the existing cricket table will also be upgraded to include a 30m x 2.74m non-turf match pitch, also using the ECB-approved tp365 system.
The Southern Electric Premier League club, which is based at Loperwood Park in Southampton, sees the developments as key to its drive to encourage more youngsters to take up membership, as Calmore Sports chairman Peter Lavelle explains:
“We are delighted to secure this Inspired Facilities grant, which will enable us to create a practice facility that will help us grow the youth section of our club and get more young people actively participating in our sport.”
Club Captain, Darren Vann, explains why total-play Ltd was chosen to carry out the works:
"Calmore Sports chose total-play because we wanted to ensure the best quality facility for our members. We felt the total-play product with its features including the protection tunnel, one piece surface carpet and concrete kerbing offered a high quality product that stood out, even amongst the other ECB approved suppliers."
With work is about to commence on the project at Calmore, sport clubs across the country have another opportunity to take advantage of the Inspired Places initiative, as Sport England recently released its latest raft of funding. total-play, with its vast experience of helping to secure funding for schemes is more than happy to advise and support clubs in their bids; whether the project is natural or non-turf, cricket or winter sports.
For more information on Sport England funding visit http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org/. To discuss your plans with a member of total-play’s expert team, call 01604 864575.