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Potten End cricketers net funding boost

A Hertfordshire cricket club has secured funding to revamp its outside training nets when play resumes following the coronavirus pandemic.

From Press releases - 2 July 2020 12:00 AM

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Potten End CC has received a £250 Team Sport award from UK Power Networks, the company which distributes electricity across the East of England.

The donation was arranged by Paul Dyde who works as a field staff supervisor for UK Power Networks in Eastcote, and will appear for the Potten End second XI whenever the delayed season gets underway.

The club, situated between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, compete in the Saracens Hertfordshire cricket league, but no play has been permitted under lockdown.

Paul said: “Having worked hard during training in the winter all the players have been disappointed at the season not starting on time even though we all understand and respect the reasons for that.

“It is a substantial boost for the club to receive this funding from my company and the plan, when we can, is to resurface our outdoor practice nets as that will benefit all our members.

“The current situation is tough for everyone, but the club is hopeful we may get an opportunity to play some cricket this summer. We are all always looking for new players of all abilities. We are currently doing limited socially distanced training under the current ECB guidelines.”

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.