A popular cricket club based in Roundhay will soon finish an extensive redevelopment thanks to funding from local Councillors.
Councillors Sharon Hamilton, Ghulam Hussain and colleagues on the Inner North East Area Committee have provided £12,000 towards the improvement of North Leeds Cricket Club.
The popular club is undergoing a £100k improvement programme, due to be completed this month, which will include new changing rooms, showers, toilets, disabled facilities, a new roof and extended veranda area.
The Area Committee funding will cover the installation of a canopy over the new veranda and the removal of asbestos throughout the building. Further funding has been secured from sponsors Biffa Waste Services, the England & Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and from Club member donations.
These improvements will allow the Club to provide a better sporting environment for both senior and junior players and allow both disabled and able-bodied spectators to enjoy local sport. The Club has become increasingly popular with residents and there are now 15 senior, youth and junior teams which play there.
Councillor Sharon Hamilton (Chair of Inner North East Area Committee) said:
“The North Leeds Cricket Club has worked extremely hard to ensure these much needed improvements will be completed by the end of March 2014 in time for the start of the new season. We must do all we can to help develop local sporting facilities, especially to capitalise on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics, Rugby League World Cup and the upcoming Tour de France Grand Depart, so it’s fantastic that we were able to contribute towards this improvement.”
Councillor Ghulam Hussain (Roundhay) said:
“Cricket is becoming increasingly popular, especially with children and young people, so it’s great that the improvements at the Club are nearly completed. The Club has done a brilliant job to create some superb new facilities which will allow people of all ages and abilities to get involved in local sport.”
Steve Wales (Chairman of North Leeds Cricket Club) said:
“I would like to thank our local Councillors, sponsors, Club members and the wider public for their support during these extensive works. The improvements were delayed by the terrible winter weather and the discovery of large amounts of asbestos materials, but everyone involved has worked so hard to get the work done. We will soon have a fantastic clubhouse which we can all be proud of.”