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Addingham Cricket Club gets funding to replace drains
9:00am Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
A councillor has secured the financial help of Bradford Council and the skills of a local builder to ensure rain won’t stop play at Addingham Cricket Club this summer.
More than £3,000 is being spent replacing old land drains at the club with more work planned when the cricket season ends.
Craven ward councillor Adrian Naylor (Ind, Craven) said: “Following the poor summer we had last year Addingham Cricket Club had a considerable number of matches cancelled due to waterloged pitches.
“This had a knock on effect in that not only did the teams not get a chance to play but the club lost revenue as a consequence.
“This year I approached Bradford Council with a view to doing some basic maintenance to enable sporting activity to continue even if the weather was poor.
“As a result Addingham Cricket Club has managed to get help from Croft Builders who are donating their time free of charge and via the investment fund I have managed to get the materials paid for so that this work can go ahead.
“The first phase is currently on going and once the season ends we will be doing some work on the playing surface.”
Coun Andrew Thornton, executive member for environment, sport and sustainability at Bradford Council, added: "This investment fund for community sports facilities was a new provision this year that underlines our commitment to supporting grass roots sport.
“The improvements paid for from the fund will benefit hundreds of participants, make a big difference to the sports clubs that use the facilities and the volunteers who give of their time to run them.”