Grant makes it a happy new year for Mawdesley CC

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Mawdesley Cricket Club has been awarded a grant and an interest free loan towards the cost of building a new pavilion.

The England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) grant aid programme finances capital projects, including renovations to improve facilities which help sustain and increase participation.

Mawdesley CC is considered a club of strategic importance because of the strength of its junior development programme.

The EWCT made a grant of £55,500 and an interest-free loan of £43,000.

The total project cost is around £220,000 and it should be completed before the new season.

Mawdesley secretary Martin Lewis said: “We were delighted when we were awarded the grant because this made it possible to go ahead with the new pavilion project.

“We have been fund-raising for two years as we urgently needed to upgrade our pavilion and other facilities.

“The old pavilion has been demolished and the new pavilion will be on the same site and will comprise of two new large changing rooms, each with internal showers and toilet facilities, an umpires’ room, kitchen and social area.

“We have two Saturday teams and one Sunday team in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield and we also have teams at Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and two teams at Under-18. We have more than 80 junior cricketers at the club and last season the Under 11s, Under-13 and Under 18s all landed silverware.

“This is a major achievement for a small village club and testament to the hard work the players and coaches had put in.”