NCB Celebrate Reaching 1m Mark of Funding for Local Cricket Clubs

NCB Celebrate Reaching 1m Mark of Funding for Local Cricket Clubs

NCB celebrate reaching £1m mark of funding for local cricket clubs

 

The Norfolk Cricket Board is celebrating a milestone in its efforts to support and develop cricket clubs and programmes in the county.

 

With the confirmation of several recent awards for clubs, the NCB has now passed the figure of over £1m of funding that has been supported and secured since Cricket Development Manager Kieron Tuck took up his post in 2008, 5 years ago.

 

The total of supported grants now tops £1.1m, with more in the pipeline at several clubs. Projects in the last 5 years include 135 separate awards for 19 new net facilities, 4 pavilion developments and renovations, dozens of pitch covers, a range of machinery funding as well as miscellaneous grants for kit, youth programmes, sightscreens and coach education.

 

Tuck commented, “When I joined the NCB back in 2008 I felt that this was an area where we could make a tangible difference to the ability of clubs to deliver a great cricket product in their community, and expand what we do for clubs. The NCB backed me in this view and we have worked hard to find different funding streams to match different projects for clubs, and to communicate this part of the overall service we offer to clubs. We’ve also gained a great deal of experience on how to really sell the benefits that cricket has to offer to the funder, a key part in the high success rate of bids from Norfolk Cricket Clubs.”

 

“One of the most pleasing, and little known aspects of the funding we have helped clubs secure is that it has not just been the so called ‘big clubs’ that have gained funding, but many small village clubs have done so as well. The NCB are here to support all clubs, if they have the will to be proactive in their outlook. And of course it’s not just the funding. NCB are here to help the club plan and deliver their project, and to help with a range of other club development queries as well.”

 

Norfolk Cricket Board Chairman Keir Hounsome commented, “Firstly, it is a tremendous achievement for the NCB to have played this part in attracting this level of external funding into cricket in Norfolk. It is good that we have been able to help our cricket clubs to develop their facilities in these various ways and therefore to benefit their local communities. This is also a testament to Kieron’s drive and hard work over the last five years.”

 

So which project has stood out in the last 5 years? Tuck’s thinking is, “For me the most significant project has not been one, but a combination of funding projects at one club. Garboldisham Cricket Club have, in the last 4 years or so secured funding to extend their pavilion and changing facilities, create a second pitch, build a 3 lane net facility and secure numerous other items, such as kit and machinery to service the growth they planned to secure. For me this shows a long term view of where the club needed to go, and we simply helped them plan and fund the necessary developments. They are now reaping the rewards of their work. We hope that this sort of work will become the template for clubs as they look to survive in a competitive sporting market.”

 

Chairman of Garboldisham CC, Robert Leech, said, “A telephone call to Kieron is always the first stage of the planning process for any new project and his advice and guidance have been invaluable in helping us to secure grant funding and project advice where it is available. We are very proud of the improvements at our club over the past five years, and the excellent facilities we can now offer our members and visiting clubs would not have been achievable without the NCB’s knowledge of what is available if you are prepared to put the effort in and go and find it.”.

 

If your club is planning a project then the NCB can help. Extensive support and advice is available on the NCB website at www.norfolkcricket.co.uk, as well as www.ecb.co.uk . NCB staff are available to discuss your project. Kieron Tuck and Kevin Denmark can be contacted directly, their details being listed on the NCB website. You can also follow Norfolk Cricket Board on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest opportunities, @NorfolkCB.

 

ENDS

For further info please contact:

Kieron Tuck (NCB Development Manager)

Kieron.tuck@norfolkcricket.co.uk

07785 722281

 

 

 

 



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