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New pavilion is approved for Sutton Cricket Club
10:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Sutton Cricket Club members are celebrating after plans to build a new pavilion were approved by Craven District Council.
Stuart Robinson, chairman of Sutton Cricket Club, said: “I’m absolutely delighted the plans have been approved. The current buildings are very poor and unfit for purpose.”
The club’s current facilities, which include a tea room, changing rooms and a storage building, were built in 1933.
“There has been talk about getting a new building for some time,” said Mr Robinson. “It got to the point where we kept asking ourselves ‘how much do we want to spend on these old buildings’?
“Our survival depended on this. Nobody wants to get changed in a cow’s shed.”
Local councillor Stephen Place, who played cricket for rival club Long Lee CC 28 years ago, said the state of Sutton’s facilities were highlighted a couple years ago when the roof on the tea room collapsed and the rendering came away from the changing rooms building.
“These facilities don’t meet present-day standards,” said Coun Place, who supported plans for the new building. The plans include a lounge, kitchen, changing rooms for home and away teams, an umpires/ladies changing room and a 12-space car park.
The new facilities would be located near the entrance at the south end of the ground, which is classed as a lower flood risk area.
Mr Robinson said the club would now sort out building regulations, obtain quotes for the work and then start fundraising.
He is hoping that the new facilities would be built in time for the beginning of the 2015 season and would attract more players to the club, including youngsters.
Sutton CC is involved in the Chance to Shine scheme, which allows clubs to get coaches into schools to get young people interested in cricket.
Sutton hosts a twice a year Kwik Cricket festival, which can attract up to 100 children from primary schools in the South Craven area.
“We’re just pleased to see youngsters outside and playing games.”
Sutton has an U13s team and is hoping to soon start up an U11s side. He is also to keen to see girls and women getting involved in cricket.
Mr Robinson said: “We don’t have an immediate plans to start up a female team, but we’re keen to stress that cricket is not just a man’s game.
“We have two girls in our U13s side, so we’re an equal opportunities club who would like to see more women playing the game.
“The club is truly a community based enterprise,” added Coun Place. “People in Sutton are heavily involved with it.”
Coun Place, a Main Street shop owner, added: “I always love to wander down on a Saturday, leaning over the railing to watch a game.”
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