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Hatch End cricketers bowled over by award

A Borehamwood cricket club has declared itself delighted with the boost of new funding from a local power company.

From Press releases - 26 November 2020 12:00 AM

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Hatch End Cricket Club has received a £250 Team Sport award from UK Power Networks, the firm which distributes electricity across the East of England.

Employee Pratichi Chauhan, who works for the Connections team at its Borehamwood office, applied for the award.

The funding will go towards the redevelopment of shower facilities in the clubhouse with any remaining money also being earmarked for a new electronic scoreboard.

Pratichi’s main role at the club is to help maintain the clubhouse, while her husband Amit Kumar Chhetri has played for the team for the past five years.

Now out of season and closed during lockdown, the club’s 2020 summer was badly impacted by Covid-19 prompting a funding crisis.

Pratichi said: “This Team Sport funding from my employer is very welcome at what remains a difficult period for the club and its finances.

“Income was dramatically reduced by being unable to play the first part of last season and even when fixtures did resume the club could not use its bar fully.

“The club is expensive to run and came close to potentially folding before being kept afloat by private donations from its members.

“This latest funding will go towards two major projects for the clubhouse, improving its facilities for players and spectators and we hope by next season to be in a much better position.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks 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 over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.