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Cash for Crawley cricketers – how’s that?

A youth cricket team in Crawley has been bowled over by a £250 sports award.

From Press releases - 14 July 2016 12:00 AM

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A youth cricket team in Crawley has been bowled over by a £250 sports award.

Crawley Eagles Cricket Club was nominated for UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award by employee Atif Nawaz, a data analyst with the local electricity company. The money will be spent on bats, balls, stumps and other equipment for the youth team.

Atif’s son, Shaharyaar, plays in the Under 9s section and he volunteers as a committee member.

He said: “It’s great to see my company supporting a local project and the money was warmly received by our members. Every little helps because running a big club like ours needs sponsorship. We’re supporting kids and creating further interest in the sport.

“Cricket is an interactive game that develops great teamwork and calmness. Through personal experience I’ve seen the positive impact the game has had on my son and the way he gels with other team members. It’s a lovely inclusive, community club with a mixture of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and English communities and it’s a joy to watch the passion of the young members.”

The Under 9s were champions in the league last season and ended the season joint top on points in the league.

Eagles club chairman, Ish Jalal, said: “UK Power Networks’ generous donation will help towards ensuring that we provide all our members, adults, boys and girls with the opportunity to enjoy cricket across all levels. We believe cricket provides team working, healthy living and personal development, which is essential in enhancing and improving people’s lives.”

The team plays in Cherry Lane, Langley Green and welcomes players of all standards and ages. For further information visit their website: http://crawleyeagles.play-cricket.com/

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff in the scheme which supports community sport and volunteering.