Town sports club is quids in with Inspired grant

Long Sutton Cricket Club players 'Dan Oldfield and Jordan Keeble in front of the clubhouse which has received a grant from Sport England to replace its leaking roof.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Long Sutton Cricket Club players 'Dan Oldfield and Jordan Keeble in front of the clubhouse which has received a grant from Sport England to replace its leaking roof. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Long Sutton Cricket and Hockey Club is all set to replace its leaking clubhouse roof after securing a grant worth almost £47,000.

The club has been awarded cash from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund which will be used to fix the roof on the clubhouse built almost 40 years ago.

Long Sutton Cricket and Hockey Club chairman Chris Booth looks up at the leaking roof.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Long Sutton Cricket and Hockey Club chairman Chris Booth looks up at the leaking roof. Photo by Tim Wilson.

There are hopes that work on the roof may begin early in the new year, with the aim of completing it before the start of the cricket season in April.

Ian Canham, the club’s funding officer, said: “A funding application was made earlier this year, specifically earmarked to replace the roof which has failed and is leaking badly.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded £46,715 by Sport England through its Inspired Facilities Fund and the club is confident that this grant will not only help to attract new players to both sport sections but also retain the ones it has.”

The Long Sutton sports club is made up of four adult and three junior cricket teams, along with four mens’, two ladies’ and a junior hockey team that lifted the under-12 and under-14 county championships this year.

There are plans to form a ladies’ cricket team last year, boosted by the grant which was the result of an application supported by more than 500 former and current club members, councillors and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings.

Mr Canham said: “Members from both sections of the club worked together on this bid, with members, former members, local people, politicians and our MP signing up to help convince Sport England that this community project deserves to be backed. “The club itself has raised over £4,000 to make this happen, with events such as a ball, challenge cricket match and a summer hockey league.

“We recently celebrated our 90th birthday and with this award we look forward to the next 90 years with great confidence.”