YOUNG cricketing talent is getting a boost thanks to an £8,340 grant.
Brighouse Cricket Club has received the money from Sport England to encourage more young people to get involved with the summer sport.
Paul Cummins, first team captain, said the grant will help the club continue building on its links with the community.
“We want to develop an under 11 junior team and this will really help us,’’ he said.
“A club of our size and competing in the Bradford League needs the youngsters to come through and we want to be able to develop local talent to be in with a chance of playing first team cricket. We’re fully aware that it takes a long time to do that so this will really help us.”
As well as boosting the junior team, the club will also use some of the money to fund coaching qualifications and equipment, as well as helping the club’s community involvement.
A community competition for pub players, the police and businesses which has been running for 100 years will also get a boost.
Paul added: “The community is a big part of the club and we want to get as many people involved as we can.”
The club will run a taster day next Friday, April 16, from 10am until 3pm for juniors aged eight to 16 wanting to have a go at the sport or for people to practice for the new season which starts the following day. It costs £5 and runs at the Bradford Road club. People can go along on the day to get involved.
Sport England has also given £1,517 to Cleckheaton’s Nova Bowmen Archery Club who will use the money to expand the club.
Yorkshire Champion for Community Sport Yuri Matischen, said: “I’d like to congratulate the projects which have been awarded Sport England funding.
“We know that they will make a real difference to local people and I encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”