Councillor Richard Harris, Borough councillor for the Derby Road West Ward in Long Eaton has supported Long Eaton Cricket Club by donating £350.00 from his Members Community Grant fund. The money has funded a new artificial training surface and batting net for the club.
Erewash Borough Councillors each get £500 per year to support community groups and projects within their wards. Cllr Harris has in the past supported groups such as the Friends of West Park and The Royal British Legion.
Long Eaton Cricket Club are a community club based on West Park in Long Eaton. The club operate teams from Under 10; Under 11; Under 12; Under 13; three senior teams and a veteran’s team, making them a true community club.
Kieran Cooke, Long Eaton Cricket Club’s Junior Coordinator said: “We are a unique club as you can play cricket at Long Eaton from age six, through to age sixty. The new training net has provided us with all-weather training opportunities and has transformed our junior training program.”
Cllr Harris said: “I am a Councillor who is passionate about sport in general but more specifically community sport. I am a cricket fan and a member at Derbyshire County Cricket Club so when I was approached to get involved at Long Eaton I jumped at the chance. I have seen some fantastic young talent at Long Eaton and the vision that Kieran and the team have is fantastic. I want to see more community sport on our local parks across Erewash. I am glad to see my members’ grant money being used to forward the Club’s vision.”
Long Eaton Cricket Club are situated on West Park; near to the King Street entrance. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Junior net sessions are held each Wednesday at 18:00 and senior net sessions each Thursday at 18:00. The Veteran’s net session is held each Friday at 18:00.