Darley Dale CC secure £50,000 grant from Olympic legacy fund

Darley Dale Cricket Club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

More than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

Darley Dale CC will receive £50,000 for the extension and alterations to the pavilion to provide a new home team changing room, female changing room, disabled/female toilet, additional female toilet, improved disabled access, replacement umpires room, bar area and bar store.

To celebrate the award local people are being invited to a free taster session at the club on Sunday, September 1 to try out the sport. Contact sjcotterill@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

Sport England’s chairman, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Derbyshire.”

“With investment now on offer until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

Andy Topley, club chairman said: “This is excellent news and a great 150th birthday present. A huge thank you to Sport England and the many individuals and organisations who have supported this bid.

“This is recognition of the wonderful spirit in the club which is going from strength to strength.

“The improvements will allow us to encourage more people to play, particularly youngsters, boys and girls, in our flourishing junior section and to develop our school sports links which are so important.

“The club is very much part of the local community and the funding will help to greatly improve the facilities and continue to provide sporting and social events in the Darley Dale and surrounding area well into the future. So please come along and get involved.”

Local MP, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “I was delighted to hear of the grant to the Darley Dale Cricket Club. I was interested to see the amount of fundraising done by the club itself and this sounds an excellent example of the co-operation between a sports club and the local community.

“Darley Dale does not have a large population, so this is a great achievement. I am sure the improved facilities will be much appreciated and I look forward to seeing them.”