Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club boosted by completion of new £14,500 practice nets

Posing in front of the new nets at Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club. At far right is Letchworth G

Posing in front of the new nets at Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club. At far right is Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation heritage and strategic planning head David Ames. Picture: Richard Kingsbury - Credit: Archant

Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club has received a welcome boost with the completion of a £14,500 project to refurbish their practice nets.

A young batsman using the new nets at Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club. Picture: Richard Kingsbur

A young batsman using the new nets at Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club. Picture: Richard Kingsbury - Credit: Archant

The new nets at Whitethorn Lane are the first major project overseen by the club’s new chairman Simon Manning, and were made possible thanks to donations from past and present players and a £12,000 Heritage Foundation grant.

Mr Manning is keen to ensure this is just the start of facility improvements at the club.

He said: “The refurbishment of the nets was much-needed and now provides a high-class facility for players of all ages to practice seven days a week.

“This year we have also invested in a new sight-screen, extra covers and a new roller at our second ground at Fairfield Park, all of which has given the club a real boost.

Using the new nets at Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club. Picture: Richard Kingsbury

Using the new nets at Letchworth Garden City Cricket Club. Picture: Richard Kingsbury - Credit: Archant


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“There’s an excellent feel about the club this year with the 1st XI back in the Premier League, around 50 kids new to the sport taking part in the ECB All Stars Cricket initiative on Friday evenings, and of course the new facilities.

“We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Foundation and all those who have donated money to help us improve the facilities. This will help us to ensure we remain one of the premier clubs in Hertfordshire and secure the future of cricket in the town for generations to come.”

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To find out more about the club see letchworth.play-cricket.com.

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