Howzat for funding!

Woodlands Cricket Club are celebrating after receiving a grant from Sport England to build three outdoor nets at the club. (d30031253)
Woodlands Cricket Club are celebrating after receiving a grant from Sport England to build three outdoor nets at the club. (d30031253)

KEEN cricketers in Oakenshaw are set to be bowled over by the legacy of this summer’s Olympic Games.

Woodlands Cricket Club has received a £37,468 grant to fund a three lane outdoor practice net after receiving the investment from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities scheme.

Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has also stumped up £4,000 towards the project that has been more than two years in the pipeline.

The funding means that work to deliver the new nets can begin in the next few months, with the carpeting surface will be supplied by Liversedge-based Playrite.

Club secretary Brian Pearson said: “This grant brings to fruition two years of planning and will provide additional facilities for our community.

“We now have a sports hall but there were no outdoor nets. It will enable us to give our members the benefit of the three bowling lanes. We hope to open it up to the wider community in Oakenshaw, Low Moor, Wyke and the Spen Valley.”

Mr Pearson also said he was keen to work with the Yorkshire Disability Cricket Team, whose vice-captain is Hunsworth lad Liam Thomas – who started his playing career with Woodlands.

The project has been backed by Wyke’s Labour councillors who are pleased that the funding was secured.

Coun David Warburton said: “The benefits to the community are massive. The club does lots of work within the community. It’s a great thing for Oakenshaw and should bring in more people from other areas as well.”

The club hopes to offer local schools in Bradford and Kirklees the chance to use the new nets and encourage more girls to get involved with cricket.

Mr Pearson added: “We are already working with primary schools to deliver the ‘chance to shine’ programme that involves coaching young people over 10 sessions.

“Thanks to the help of the Wyke councillors and our MP Gerry Sutcliffe, who have been very helpful over the last few years, this money means the new nets will complement the facilities we already have.”