MORE than £130,000 has been ploughed into the major refurbishment of facilities at a village cricket club.
Alrewas Cricket Club revealed work had now been completed to spruce up its clubhouse at Walkfield, in Daisy Lane, which is now a ‘modern sports facility fit for the 21st century’.
The major overhaul was completed after funding was secured from a variety of sources, ranging from Sport England to individual donations from MPs and councillors.
The new-look site has a raft of new features, which will also allow it to cater for community events as well as supporting the continued success of cricket in the village.
A spokesman for the club spoke to the Mail about how the project came together.
He said: “Work involved the addition of female changing facilities, access and toilet facilities for the disabled and a raft of environmental improvements including a new boiler, roof insulation and a sewage treatment plant.
“As a result the pavilion is now available for use by a wide range of sporting and community groups in and around the village of Alrewas.
“The total project cost was £130,000 and the club wish to acknowledge their principal fund-raisers, without whom the project could not have gone ahead.
“Core funding of £50,000 was secured from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund and this was matched by £50,000 from the Lafarge-Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
“The project was backed from the outset by Alrewas Parish Council and the club received invaluable support from Michael Fabricant MP, Staffordshire county councillor Janet Eagland and Lichfield district councillor Margaret Stanhope.
“The club would also like to say a big thank you to all its members and supporters and all the villagers of Alrewas for their generosity in supporting the fund-raising campaign.”
The new facilities were officially opened by Mr Fabricant, whose Lichfield constituency includes Alrewas.
The work began in December last year. One of the schemes was buying an engraved brick in the welcome wall outside the new entrance.