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£65,000 secures club’s future

July 2004 aerial VIEW .
Fleetwood Cricket Club / GROUND. PIC BY ROB LOCK

July 2004 aerial VIEW . Fleetwood Cricket Club / GROUND. PIC BY ROB LOCK

Fleetwood Cricket Club are celebrating a landmark in their long history.

Fleetwood Cricket Club are celebrating a landmark in their long history.

Northern League cricket for the next half-century at their Broadwater ground has been secured – and with it sport in the community for hundreds of youngsters.

The sum of £65,000 was needed to replace obsolete drains at the ground – and £50,000 of that amount was provided, courtesy of funding from Sport England.

That still left Fleetwood to find £15,000 so that the vital project could be started.

Now that extra cash has been found, and it’s full steam ahead for the vital work to start in August.

Half of the £15,000 is being provided by Frank Heald, on behalf of the Russell Haldane Trust, which helps worthy causes in the community.

The other £7,500 has been provided as a result of a three-year club sponsorship deal with Foulds Metals, of Fleetwood, whose owner Ian Barnes stepped in to help.

Mat Clark, the Fleetwood CC captain said: “We can’t thank these two men enough not just for safeguarding the future of cricket at the club, but for safeguarding an important sports facility for Fleetwood, and other parts of the area like Thornton, Cleveleys and Poulton.

“It will mean superb 
facilities not just for us, but for all the schools that use the ground for sports days and other community events.”

Now the money is in the bank, work will commence in later-summer.

A whole new drainage system will be put in place and the entire playing area will be levelled and re-seeded.

The work means major changes in Fleetwood’s Northern League schedule for 2014.

The club’s last six matches will all be played away from home, though Fleetwood officials reckon that is a small price to pay for getting work under way.

It is hoped that the work will be completed by May, 2015.

Clark said: “Now we have got all the funded needed, sport, not only cricket, is guaranteed at the ground for the next 40 or 50 years.

“It is massively important not just to the club, but for community sport – there must be 500 youngsters all told who use our facilities.

“We couldn’t go on doing makeshift work on the existing drainage and now we can instal a whole new system.”

It is the latest project that the Haldane Trust has assisted – it has been heavily involved in a scheme to provide defibrillators in local schools.

Fleetwood recently announced South African Juan de Villiers has signed as professional for 2014 - he is due to arrive in this country in April.

 

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