Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club upgrades during lockdown
CHIPPING Sodbury Cricket Club have taken advantage of the lockdown to make a substantial investment in the club’s facilities and lay foundations for progress on the field.
The past year has been a challenge like no other for all community sports clubs, but chairman Andy Shield said it was a chance for Sodbury to take stock and re-emerge stronger.
He said: “Anyone visiting us at The Ridings for the first time in a while will soon realise that we’ve been very busy.
“Perhaps the biggest project we’ve undertaken is a complete refurbishment of our main pavilion.
“It’s something that has needed doing for a while, and the end result is terrific.
"As well as a new kitchen and bar, along with new ladies toilets, we have a far more welcoming social environment thanks to new seating – as well as heating!
“It’s frustrating that we cannot properly use the pavilion at the moment because of the covid regulations, but this is a long-term investment in the club and it won’t be long before we will be able to open the doors for everyone to see and enjoy the changes.”
Funding for the project came from the Enovert Community Trust and Ibstock Enovert Trust, with Sodbury also helping to pay for clubhouse improvements, outfield cutting equipment and sight screens from their reserves.
Chipping Sodbury Town Trust also made their annual contribution to pitch preparation and maintenance costs.
Andy said: “We’re very grateful for all the funding, because we could not have done even half of this on our own. In that respect, the support we’ve received is game-changing.
“We’re not finished yet as we are also looking to upgrade our nets, which are invariably busy with members practising their batting and bowling skills.
“We provide a tremendous amount of cricket, there’s a team here for players of all ages and abilities, and it’s crucial that we provide an attractive environment for cricket to be played.
“We have stood still for a while, but all this work and investment underlines the fact that we are a thriving club, playing an important role in the local community, with the ambition and desire to progress.
“On the field, this means helping our first XI return to playing in the West of England Premier League as soon as we can, and for all our teams to progress as well.”
The completion of the pavilion refurbishment was due to be marked with an opening ceremony on May 30.