Cricket club benefits from Olympic legacy

9:20am Thursday 29th August 2013

By Charlie Peat

An Olympic legacy scheme will be making sure players at a cricket club in Enfield get hot showers.

Enfield Cricket Club in Lincoln Road, Enfield is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the south-east and has received £20,000 from Sport England’s ‘Inspired Facilities’ fund, part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy scheme.

An Enfield CC spokesman said: “We were delighted to receive confirmation from Sport England of a £20,000 grant to the club as part of their Inspired Funding scheme. Our shower facilities have become a bit of a disgrace, and this money will allow work to be carried out to renovate the existing area and for essential modernisation work to the boiler.”

The club, founded in 1856, runs three Saturday league and two Sunday teams. This year alone, the club has managed to claim £40,000 from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund, Middlesex Cricket Trust and the England and Wales Cricket Board to improve facilities.

Enfield MP Nick De Bois said: “Sport is not only enjoyable but for our youngsters in particular important to maintain a healthy lifestyle so it's good news that the club can invest in more facilities and a secure future. Congratulations to the club for their successful bid.”

Andy Love, Edmonton MP said; “I’m delighted that Enfield Cricket Club has been included in Sport England’s funding scheme. A year on from the Olympics it’s great to see how this investment will transform sporting facilities which local people will benefit from.

“I hope the lasting legacy of the 2012 Games will be that it encourages more people across the UK to get involved in community sport.”

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