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Sports grant stops rabbits with a taste for nets

Furry cricket fans in Salfords with an expensive taste for practice nets have been sent packing, thanks to a sports grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 1 February 2016 12:00 AM

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Furry cricket fans in Salfords with an expensive taste for practice nets have been sent packing, thanks to a sports grant from UK Power Networks.

Danny Besley nominated Salfords Cricket Club for his employer’s Team Sport Award and won £250 to install rabbit-proof fencing round the nets, which were being chewed by wildlife and needed constant and costly repairs.

The IT security analyst for the electricity company has played for the club since childhood and was among the team of players who swept to victory last season in division two of the Surrey Downs League, resulting in promotion to the first division this year.

Danny, who is 20, lives in Redhill and works in Crawley, said: “Winning the cash made a big difference because we had just bought new nets. There is a lot of wildlife around the ground and they were eating the netting, which was costing lots to repair. We used the money to put meshing around the edge of the practice nets and there is no problem anymore.

“Apart from getting the exercise you need to have, there is a great social side to cricket, on and off the field. I’ve met a lot of new people and learnt how to work as a team. Sport helps you figure out it’s not just down to you as an individual, it’s about helping others to achieve wider goals. That’s how we topped the table this year in the league, which was a great experience.

“I get a lot out of the sport and the main reason I play is because I really enjoy it.”

Formed in 1921, the club fields two league sides on Saturdays, friendlies on Sundays and mid-week T20s. New adult and junior members are welcomed, with juniors starting from age five plus regular mid-week coaching sessions. Visit the website: http://salfordscc.co.uk/default.aspx

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies across the South East, including Surrey, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. The award scheme also promotes healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants from the scheme. Last year nearly £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.