OAKMERE Cricket Club has secured almost £50,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England.
The award of £48,236 from the Inspired Facilities fund was presented at a ceremony at the club.
Those attending included adult and junior members, Andrew Fox of Sport England, Stephen O’Brien MP and local councillors.
The club says the funding will be used to substantially expand and improve its changing rooms with the entire area being made accessible for wheelchair users.
There will be new baby changing space and umpires’ rooms.
The aim is to improve the experience of taking part for players, officials and spectators alike and to encourage more people to take part in cricket.
Oakmere chairman Phil Guest said:“At Oakmere Cricket Club we are constantly striving to improve facilities for all our members and we are delighted to secure one of the first Inspired Facilities grants.
“This will enable us to upgrade the quality of our premises to help secure the future of the club”.
Presenting the award Mr O’Brien said:“This Sport England funding will help boost this club’s facilities which is a great reward for the fantastic opportunity it provides to our local community for all ages with notably strong girls as well as boys cricket teams.”
Sport England chairman Richard Lewis commented: “This investment will create a fantastic sporting legacy for Oakmere.
“The fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in Cheshire. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community.
“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their sports facilities got better.”