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Ley Hill Cricket club gets cash boost

A cricket club from Chesham will be able to push for glory after receiving a cash boost from UK Power Networks.

From News & press - 1 June 2021 12:00 AM

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Ley Hill Cricket Club has received a £250 Team Sport Award from the company which distributes electricity across the East of England.

The club’s finances have been hit as a result of the pandemic and this boost will go some way to helping bring in new equipment and kit going forward.

Andrew Pace, director of HR at UK Power Networks and a member of the club, said: “The club has a welcoming and inclusive philosophy, organising mixed teams playing with a plastic bat from the age of 5, providing coaching and social activity for all.

“The award will support the continuing commitment to providing youth cricket for everyone and is especially valuable at this time when like so many clubs, finances have been affected by the pandemic.”

Nick Lee, chairman of Ley Hill Cricket Club, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received the grant.  We intend to use the money to buy more equipment and train more coaches to support our junior section.

“Because of the disruption caused by COVID, it’s been a difficult couple of seasons for cricket.  Like everyone, we’ve had to adjust to doing things differently which has been a challenge for a volunteer-led organisation and has hit our main source of income, our bar profits. In spite of this, we’ve found that our juniors just want to get out and play!”

The Team Sport Award scheme is run by UK Power Networks to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sports opportunities. 

So far this year, more than 70 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff have benefitted with the money awarded amounting to more than £15,000.