It has been a busy week for Rotherham Town Cricket Club with their popular “Enjoy Cricket Week” taking place.
The club, whose first XI lifted the Hospice Cup, second XI the President’s Trophy and Under 11 and Under 13 squads won their respective leagues took the opportunity to thank partners from across the town.
Rotherham Round Table have funded a young player bursary for the first time this year, which has enabled the club to sponsor five talented players who are playing a considerable amount of cricket this season.
Dawood Rafiq, aged 12, Ben Richardson, 12, Owen Smith, 7, Sam Myers 14 and Joe Hucknall 12 have all benefited from the scheme.
Anne Giblin called in from the Rotherham Hospice with a huge cheque after HSBC provided matched funded to the tune of £500 enabling the Hospice day in July to break the £2,000 barrier and ensure that RTCC have raised more than £6,500 in the first two years of the event.
And Bilal Nazir and Irfan Hanif from the Rotherham Football Centre were at Clifton Lane to tie up a 2 year agreement which will see the club will use the centre for all indoor training.
The centre will enable all teams to train on a Thursday evening – juniors of all ages from 7-8pm and senior teams 8-9pm from January 2015 – the senior teams will also use the centre for fitness in the shape of 5-a-side football during the close season.
Jonathan Allan – junior representative for the club said: “Having a facility such as this right on the door step is such a massive bonus to our club, indoor training has always been an issue as adequate facilities are few and far between and they are normal charged at a premium.
“Hopefully with the link in place we will be able to avoid the weather cancelling training on summer nights as the centre is only two minutes away.
“This is the kind of facility is our town should be supporting and I hope other cricket clubs follow our lead and get booked in for their 2015 winter nets.”
See next week’s Star for a picture special from the club’s record-breaking cricket week, which saw 377 children taking part.