Peter Hybart (CEO Cricket Wales), Colin Metson and Alex Jones
(both of Glamorgan) join Brian Gibbins of Sudbrook C C
Sudbrook Cricket Club in Caldicot has received £1,000 from Wales’ leading energy supplier, SWALEC as part of a Cricket Community Development fund for clubs to purchase new equipment kit or facilities.
The scheme, which is in partnership with Cricket Wales and Glamorgan Cricket, provides funds to support recreational cricket and grow the sport at a local level. Sudbrook Cricket Club has put the funds towards purchasing a new facia for the club’s scorebox.
Brian Gibbins, Club Secretary of Sudbrook Cricket Club, said: “For many people, the cricket club is a huge part of their social life and we reach a lot of people in the community.
“We’re a growing club with around 300 members including teams in the under 9s, under 11s, 13s and 15s as well as a first, second and third adult side.
“We’ve had our scorebox for ten years and it began to malfunction so it was in need of repair. It’s great we have had the money from SWALEC to replace the facia. We’ve also repositioned the scorebox and now it’s visible to everyone in the crowd.”
Jonny Petrie, head of sponsorship at SWALEC, said: “We hope that the Community Development Fund will encourage more people to get involved with the game of cricket and we aim to strengthen the game at grassroots level. We’re really pleased to offer the support to Sudbrook Cricket Club.
“As official venue sponsors of the SWALEC Stadium and official partners to Glamorgan Cricket, the Community Development Fund is one way in which we are reaching out to people across Wales, who play, watch, or are involved with cricket to ensure it remains one of Wales’ favourite national sports.”
As well as receiving £1,000, the club was also given free tickets to a Glamorgan Cricket match.
Colin Metson, community and cricket development manager at Glamorgan Cricket, said: “We’re delighted to be working with SWALEC again on this community initiative. Community clubs have an important role to play in the overall development of the sport so it’s key that these clubs are supported and have the necessary equipment, kit and facilities to enjoy the game at its full potential.
“This initiative is great because by asking clubs to match fund their allocations, whole club and community will get behind the initiative for the benefit of its players.”
Peter Hybart from Cricket Wales said: “By providing funding to local clubs across Wales, SWALEC is taking an active role in promoting cricket and ensuring the future success of the sport.
“Grassroots cricket is at the centre of many communities in Wales and so these funds will provide a boost to ensure the sport keeps on growing and attracts new players to the game.”
Since last year, the SWALEC Development Fund has supported 31 clubs for more equipment and facilities.
For further information on SWALEC’s sponsorship of Glamorgan Cricket and how to get involved visit www.SWALEC.co.uk/cricket