Twelve cricket clubs in Wales will receive a share of a £10,000 fund to help grow the sport in their local areas, thanks to Wales’s leading energy supplier, SWALEC.
The recipients of the £10,000 SWALEC Community Development Fund have been hand-picked by Cricket Wales, Glamorgan Cricket and SWALEC for matched funding towards new facilities, equipment and kit.
The clubs who will receive funding include Bridgend Cricket Club, Whitchurch Heath, Llantwit Major, Pontblyddyn, Bethesda, Welshpool, Sudbrook, Briton Ferry Steel, Narberth, Llandysul, Carmel & District and Llanwrda.
Peter Hybart, chief executive officer of Cricket Wales, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response from clubs this year and so to select the clubs to receive funding was a very difficult decision for us.
“All the money will be invested in clubs for new equipment including balls, sightscreens, scoreboards, nets, waterhogs and covers which will help enhance the game experience for many clubs and supporters across Wales.
All clubs that applied were offered tickets for a Glamorgan Cricket fixture staged at either the SWALEC Stadium, St Helens or Colwyn Bay Cricket Club this season.
Jonny Petrie, head of sponsorship at SWALEC, said: “The Community Development Fund is our way of supporting cricket in Wales. It was great to see so many clubs express an interest this year and we are pleased to be in a position to help 12 of them invest in new equipment which will help them grow the sport at a local level and attract new people to the game.”
For further information on SWALEC’s sponsorship of Glamorgan Cricket and how to get involved visit www.SWALEC.co.uk/cricket