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Posted onPosted on 24th May

Newark R&M Cricket Club has been awarded £100,000 towards its £450,000 plans for improvements at its Kelham Road home.

The money has come from Newark and Sherwood District Council’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The funding will be used to undertake essential electrical upgrades on site, as well as a contribution towards the development of new changing rooms and facilities.

Newark R&M has already invested £200,000 towards new facilities from other sources and is continuing to raise money for the extra funding needed.

Luc Chignall, of Newark R&M CC, said: “This generous award helps us to move within touching distance of our £450,000 target.

“There is still work to do, but we remain determined to protect our club moving forwards for future generations to continue to enjoy this great game. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us to achieve so much over the last few years.”

Coun Matthew Spoors, portfolio holder for Sustainable Economic Development at the council, added: “We are delighted to be able to support such a vibrant sports club within the district.

“Clubs like this are helping to develop a love of cricket among children of the district, as well as having senior teams enjoying their own success.

“Like so many residents in the district, the club was badly affected by the recent floods. This funding will help them to protect themselves against future flooding events as well as giving improved facilities for the 11 teams currently using them.

“Sport is a fantastic gift for our young people, which can last a lifetime. Supporting clubs like this one is fundamental to the health, wellbeing, and community spirit for residents in the district.”

So far several community groups and local organisations have been awarded funding following applications to the council for funding from UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Funding (REPF). This fund supports a variety of projects and initiatives across three themes of communities and place, people and skills and supporting local businesses.