Threlkeld Cricket Club has received some good news this week after being awarded £9,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Asset Fund for emergency works following storm damage.
The money will be used to repair the club’s fixed practice net area which was badly damaged by wind and water during the storms Ciara and Dennis which hit the area earlier this year.
The storms and floods had a major impact on sporting facilities in the county, in addition to devastating homes, businesses and infrastructure across the UK.
In February, Sport England announced emergency funding for flood and storm damaged sports facilities to help clean them up, make repairs and get them back up and running.
Threlkeld CC’s head coach Jamie Lihou said: “We are delighted that Sport England has awarded this National Lottery funding to us which will allow us to repair our nets and re-open our cricket club so that the community can once more benefit from these fantastic facilities.”
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s chief executive, said: “When flooding happens, the priority must be making sure people are safe, they can get back into their homes and vital public services are back up and running. But we know from the floods in 2013 and 2015 that flood water can cause significant damage to sports pitches and pavilions, changing and social facilities.
“We’re making emergency funding available now so when the time is right sports organisations can pay for rebuilds and repairs quickly. We are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to Threlkeld Cricket Club to help it get back up and running as soon as possible.’
Community, voluntary and social enterprises can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding through Sport England’s online application form which could be awarded in just a few weeks. Organisations needing assistance with their application should contact the Funding Line on 0345 8508 508 or email [email protected]