Penrith Cricket Club continue to play

4th September 2015

We’re pleased to have supported Penrith Cricket Club who received £1,500 from the Ullswater Trust Grassroots Grants Fund towards new grounds machinery needed  to maintain their wickets and outfields. Thanks to the new heavy roller, the Club’s fourteen teams are able to continue playing and practising.

Groundsman on the new rollerBefore grant-aid, the two grounds of Penrith Cricket Club required many hours of labour intensive work by volunteers and three part-time groundsmen: made difficult with an old heavy roller in desperate need of replacement and not at all fit for purpose. Faced with regular and unaffordable repair bills, the roller broke down on almost a weekly basis.

As a Northern Premier League club that hosts Cumberland County Cricket Club games, it is required and expected that the wickets are prepared to a very high standard. Without the machinery this would be difficult to achieve, threatening all future matches. Ullswater Community College will also benefit as they will be able to continue to use the Clubs two pitches and practice facilities for PE lessons, practices and inter school fixtures. Cumberland County Cricket Club will continue to benefit as they host minor County games.

Andrew Hall, Chairman of Penrith Cricket Club, said: “The fact that in only 10 years the Club has progressed from four teams to fourteen is a clear statement that the people of Eden are not just interested, but passionate about cricket. Some of our senior players travel from Carlisle, Cockermouth and Brampton. Some of our disability cricketers travel from Keswick and Carlisle. Some of our girls and women players travel from Workington and Kendal. These players are disadvantaged by not having the access to similar facilities closer to home. We have become a fully inclusive community club and we warmly welcome anyone and everyone to our facilities – we are determined to maintain this.”