Cricket club’s Olympic score

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Buxton Cricket Club has secured £39,138 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England to help develop a second cricket ground in the town.

The money will be used to convert land that is currently used for informal recreation situated near to Buxton Community School.

Tim Budd from Buxton Cricket Club (CC), said: “We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Sport England and a number of other local funders and organisations in developing more opportunities for young people and adults to play cricket in Buxton.

“Sport England’s significant contribution towards this project brings our vision for broader access to cricket in the town substantially closer to fulfilment.”

The club, which has a growing number of youth and adult teams, will work with Buxton Community School to encourage wider participation in cricket at the new ground as the school has no existing cricketing facility.

There will be new opportunities for junior coaching and more teams in the town will have better access to cricketing facilities.

Buxton CC are very keen to hear from young people and adults interested in getting involved in cricket and they can get in touch by emailing tim_budd@gmail.com.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, said: “I’m delighted that Buxton Cricket Club has been given Olympic Legacy money to convert land near Buxton Community School into a second cricket ground.

“As a keen cricket fan I am always pleased to see extra opportunities for young people to take up the game, and it is doubly pleasing that there will be tangible evidence of the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games here in the High Peak.

“The extra ground is not only good news for the club and local residents, but also for pupils of Buxton Community School, who will be able to use it once it is completed.”

Sport England’s Chair Richard Lewis, said: “This playing field will be a lasting sporting legacy beyond the 2012 Games for Buxton, where generations will enjoy their first experience of sport.”

The National Lottery funding, which guarantees the future of the pitch for decades, comes from the latest round of Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Olympic legacy fund.

Buxton Cricket Club is among 61 sports clubs and community groups across England to benefit from over £2 million of funding in the second round of the legacy programme.

The investments will bring disused playing fields back into use, improve existing sites or create new sports pitches.

The third round will open for bids in early summer.