South Yorkshire cricket club formally opens its new clubhouse

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Eckington Cricket Club formally opened its new clubhouse last month.

The clubhouse has been built by its members over the winter months and is now complete, just in time for the start of the new cricket season.

A cocktail of funding has been used and the organising committee said it was very grateful to its sponsors for their involvement.

The clubhouse was officially opened by Alexandra Hayward.

Andy Vaughan, chairman of Eckington Cricket Club, said: “It is with immense pride that we can finally open our new clubhouse.

“It has been a long winter and the work from all of our members has been phenomenal, I can’t praise them enough.”

He continued: “I would like to thank our funders, in particular Sport England, Tarmac Ltd, Woolley Brothers (wholesale meats) Ltd, Derbyshire County Council, Woodhead Family, Howdens, Lillekers, Newey and Eyre and Frank Keys as without their financial support this project wouldn’t have been possible.

“My biggest thanks is however, reserved for our members who have worked in all weathers and with amazing fortitude and enthusiasm to build our pride and joy.

“The future now looks very bright for Eckington Cricket Club, with our off-field facilities now matching our on-field achievements.

“The cricket club, which I would argue was already one of the most picturesque in Derbyshire, is now complete.”

Sport England aims to increase the number of people doing sport and activity – no matter what their background, ability or age. A spokesman said: “Our vision is that everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feels able to take part in sport or activity. Some might be fit and talented, but others won’t be so confident.”

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