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Cricket club bowled over by support

Bexley Cricket Club has netted a £250 sporting grant from UK Power Networks and is celebrating treble success in the award scheme.

From Press releases - 24 February 2015 12:00 AM

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Bexley Cricket Club has netted a £250 sporting grant from UK Power Networks and is celebrating treble success in the award scheme.

Employee Andy Clay, from Sidcup, nominated the club for the electricity company’s Team Sport Award scheme and was awarded the money for new training nets. The two previous grants paid for match balls and coconut cricket mats.

Andy, an electrical engineer for street lighting connection in West Ham, said: “Our nets are probably 10 years old and have gradually deteriorated so the money will go towards replacing those. It’s much needed and brilliant news for our family-friendly club.

“This is the third time UK Power Networks has helped us and I just can’t believe the support it has given to clubs like this. Rather than being sat indoors at a computer, cricket clubs get young people out in the fresh air. They train, play matches and mix with other kids their own age. Even though it’s a competitive sport, there is a terrific fun side to it as well.”

The club has been going for about 150 years in Manor Way and has 140 junior members (boys and girls), plus six adult teams. Andy’s son Jack, who is 17, progressed through the youth side into the adult team before qualifying as a coach, mainly working with the girls section.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity supplies in London, the South East and East Anglia and runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff volunteering, promote teamwork, health and sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £11,250 was donated to sports groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff.