Grant award is all-round boost

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SOUTH Yorkshire Cricket League club Aston Hall are the latest to benefit from an ECB grant.

The club gets a grant of £36,000 towards the £63,000 cost of a three-bay net facility which the club say has boosted their coaching and practice facilities. In addition to the ECB grant, which was in partnership with Sport England, there was support from Viridor Credits Environmental Trust (£20,000), Coalfields Regeneration Fund (£5,000), Rotherham Borough Council (£2,040) and Aston-cum-Aughton Charities (£1,000).

“The whole project has been a real team effort, club members and players worked hard to clear the site and to raise funds,” said club representative Dawn Nicklin.

“The new practice area is ideally located and we have many junior players who will benefit too. We have over 100 junior cricketers at Aston Hall with two girls teams and this new facility will enable us to introduce a much more structured coaching programme through our qualified ECB coaches and all age groups will benefit.”