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Cash puts young cricketers on a firm footing

Wet weather will soon be no problem for the young members of Bexley Cricket Club, thanks to UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 14 March 2014 12:00 AM

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Wet weather will soon be no problem for the young members of Bexley Cricket Club, thanks to UK Power Networks.

The electricity distribution company has given the club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

It donated the money following an application from employee Andy Clay, an engineer based in West Ham, whose son Jack, 16, plays for the men’s 2nd XI. He is also coach, umpire and scorer for the girls’ section.

Andy, who lives with Jack in Sidcup, said: “The grant is excellent news. It will go towards coconut matting strips which can be laid on the practice field to give the youngsters a good surface to play on when the main pitch is busy or the ground is damp.”

Jack, who has earned his Young Leaders in Cricket qualification, has been playing since he was five and has been involved with the Bexley club for the past four years.

The 1st XI plays in the Kent Cricket League Premier Division while the youngsters play in the North Kent Junior Cricket League. The club caters for boys and girls from age eight upwards as well as adults.

Andy, who goes along as a supporter whenever he can, said: “I would like to thank UK Power Networks on behalf of everyone at the club. This is a great scheme and will benefit all the youngsters playing junior cricket there.”

John Daniels, director of girls’ cricket at the club, said: “We are making a reputation for encouraging girls to play cricket and Jack has been an integral part of the coaching of the youngsters for several years.

“Some of the girls he has helped have now gone on to play for the club’s 1st and 2nd adult teams. The UK Power Networks award is a key part in our continued success and very much appreciated.”

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £10,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.