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Compton return after cash boost
5:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
LONG Compton Sports Club will host their first cricket match in more than a decade tomorrow thanks to a funding boost.
A £24,805 SITA Trust grant for the club’s Aunt Phoebe’s Trust Phase One Development project allowed them to resurface the playing fields.
They signed up to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, preserving their recreation ground for future generations with a legal protection guarantee of at least 99 years.
The trust set up the QEII Fields Fund for such sites and the funding enabled phase one of the development in the Cotswold village between Shipston-on- Stour and Chipping Norton.
The club’s Andrew Lund-Yates said: “We were delighted to have been successful in obtaining funding from the trust and to be able to put that money into much-needed improvements to this community facility.
“The hard work, which many members of the club have put into securing the funding and looking after the newly-created surface, is now coming to fruition.
The first game of cricket to take place in Long Compton since the early 2000s is due to take place this weekend.
“The official opening of the facility will be at the start of the 2014 season with the Andy Carty memorial cricket match.”
Seniors and juniors will benefit, while other sports, such as football and rounders and school activities can be hosted.
There will be friendly cricket matches tomorrow and on Saturday at the recreation ground.
Marek Gordon, trust chief executive and chairman, said: “We are delighted to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2billion.”
Helen Griffiths, chief executive of Fields in Trust who have been involved, said: “The generous support the trust have already provided through their QEII Fields Fund has been hugely popular so far.
“It is great to see even more QEII Fields receiving substantial grants to improve their facilities, keeping the sites fit for the future.”
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