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£10,000 has been contributed by Barnsley Council to the development of an AstroTurf training area at Hoylandswaine Junior Cricket Club (HJCC).
HJCC currently runs a programme for three junior teams (under 9s, under 11s and under 13s) and has around forty local children attending training and playing for teams.
The new multi-functional facility will be a boost to the club, enabling teams to train in all weather and provide an appealing fit-for-purpose community sports facility that will inspire other local children and young people to become active new members.
The cricket club aims is to have a full junior set up, including a girl’s cricket team, entered into the Huddersfield Junior Cricket League at all five age groups. In the past HJCC has had a full junior set up but couldn’t sustain them all because the facilities were unsuitable to accommodate all of the teams.
The enhanced training ground will also enable the cricket club to offer activities for young people at risk of committing offences, by offering both an outlet through sport and an area to meet and socialise with peers and support workers.
As part of the proposed re-development work a meeting space has been included to enable the volunteers who run the clubs to get together to pursue future funding and development opportunities and help the organisation to grow in the future.
Cllr John Wilson said: “I am so pleased this will encourage our youngsters in the area to get involved with the sport.”
The £10,000 has been received from a S106 Legal Agreement relating to the development of the former Penistone Grammar School site. The spending condition specified was for the provision or enhancement of a public open space.