Oxfordshire village cricketers ready for new season thanks to Mactaggart & Mickel
Cricketers at an Oxfordshire village club will hit the ground running this summer thanks to the support of housebuilders Mactaggart & Mickel.
Challow and Childrey Cricket Club received a pre-season boost in the shape of a £1,000 donation from the family-owned company to fund improvements on and off the cricket field.
The club says it is perfectly timed because grassroots sports organisations like Challow and Childrey Cricket Club have faced a challenging time due to months of inactivity caused by the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
But the £1,000 donation from Mactaggart & Mickel has allowed volunteers at the Cherwell Cricket League club to carry out a series of improvements to their facilities and remove their ageing artificial pitch in time for the new season.
Challow and Childrey Cricket Club head groundsman and trustee Mark Roche said:
“It’s fair to say we were hit for six by Mactaggart & Mickel’s generous show of support – it came out of the blue when we needed a helping hand more than ever.
“With the new season almost upon us, we’ve used this additional funding to remove our very aged artificial pitch and fill the void to make it safe for our cricketers.
“With nearly 200 young cricketers practising and playing at the club, the opportunity to carry out a replacement of the artificial pitch when there is no income would’ve been impossible.
“With the truncated season in 2020 due to the pandemic, we have not been able to host as many sessions, events, and matches as normal which has obviously had an impact on the club finances.
“It’s great to hear that thud of willow on leather again and we hope our new Childrey Park neighbours will find their way up the hill to pay us a visit this summer when cricket gets back into full swing.”
Mark, and his children Sophie (15) and Alfie (11) who both play at the club, explained how the donation will help when they met up with Mactaggart & Mickel Sales Consultant Becca Bentley, who was raised in the area and has a special connection with the club as she used to watch her dad play there.
The donation underlined the support for community organisations from Mactaggart & Mickel who have been building homes at nearby Childrey Park and also at St Jude’s Meadow, near Burford.
Joanne Casey, Managing Director at Mactaggart & Mickel England, said:
“We have always cared deeply about the people in the communities where we want to make a positive difference, especially where people have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are committed to helping clubs like Challow and Childrey Cricket Club and projects that benefit people’s lives through our Building Communities Fund and we know their work is more valuable than ever due to Covid-19.
“We have reached out to key organisations with donations to support their vital work and are pleased to have been able to help this fantastic club get ready for a new season.”
Mactaggart & Mickel have an established reputation for supporting efforts of projects and good causes with their Building Communities Fund which aims to benefit people’s lives and their communities.
Last year, the company, whose headquarters are in Glasgow and have offices in Cheltenham and London, awarded donations to food banks in the South West of England to boost their efforts to support families struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
For details of the Mactaggart & Mickel Building Communities Fund, visit www.macmic.co.uk/bcf.