Aylsham St Giles CC celebrate new practice facilities

Aylsham St Giles CC celebrate new practice facilities

Aylsham St Giles Cricket Club celebrated the installation of their improved practice facilities, at an opening ceremony on Wednesday 20th June.   Following a prolonged fund raising effort, the club have recently installed a second artificial turf practice net, together with a Bola bowling machine, at their base at Aylsham Recreation Ground.    Councillor Judy Leggett, Chairman of Broadland District Council, cut the ribbon on the new facilities, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of club members, supporters and junior players.

The club is indebted to two major sources of grant funding :   Sport England provided £7,000 via their Community Asset Fund, and Broadland Council provided a further £5,000 via their Community at Heart Grant.   In addition, the club raised a substantial sum of money via a fund raising dinner held last October.  The club would also like to thank their sponsors, particularly Alan Boswell Group, Aylsham Rotary and Goff Petroleum, who have provided additional sums to support either this project, or other club initiatives.

An exciting period of development is currently in progress:    the first team are currently going well in Norfolk League level 2, and are aiming for promotion to division one for the first time in their history.   In addition, this season sees the club field a League second team for the first time at level 4, with this team currently respectably mid table.  The T20 side have progressed to the next stage of the Norfolk League T20 cup, and a programme of Sunday friendlies makes for a busy schedule.

In addition to the above, the club’s junior coaching, headed up by Mike Graver, is going great guns.  Wednesday evenings sees up to 40 juniors, from ages 5 to 12, engaged in a range of softball activities.   An under 9 softball festival was recently hosted, with the club’s under 9 side playing matches against 3 other local clubs, and return festivals are already programmed in.

Club Secretary Jeremy Cocks commented:    “The club has never been so buoyant.  We have managed to recruit a massive influx of new players over the last 2 years at all age levels, from adults down to the very youngest juniors.  However, this resulted in us being a little bit victims of our own success, as we were struggling to provide the practice facilities to serve all of our club members.  The new facilities are exactly what we need, and now mean that we match virtually every other club in Norfolk in terms of the quality of facilities.   We must give a massive thank you to Sport England and Broadland Council for their generosity, also to our club sponsors, and to the efforts of so many club members in driving forward so many projects.   Also to Barry Lancaster and the Aylsham Recreation Ground Committee, who have been totally supportive of what we have been trying to achieve.”

Anyone interested in being involved with Aylsham St Giles Cricket Club can contact Jeremy on 07764 210439.

Pictured: Councillor Leggett cuts the ribbon


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