The Club has been work­ing tire­lessly over the last two years to en­cour­age more girls to be­come in­volve in cricket ... the do­na­tion from Per­sim­mon will help us pro­vide more coach­ing.

De­vel­op­ers’ cash will help en­cour­age girls’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in cricket

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

– Nigel Kerry

A BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE cricket club will be in­tro­duc­ing more girls to the sport af­ter win­ning a spe­cial com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive run by a lead­ing housebuilder.

Ballinger Wag­goners Cricket Club was se­lected as one of Per­sim­mon Homes Thames Val­ley’s Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons, a scheme that awards £1,000 to fur­ther the char­ity’s work within the com­mu­nity.

The project al­lows £24,000 to be do­nated to lo­cal groups and char­i­ties.

Ju­nior sec­tion chair­man at Ballinger Wag­goners Nigel Kerry said: “The club has been work­ing tire­lessly over the last two years to en­cour­age more girls to be­come in­volved in cricket.

“We now have 40 girls in the club’s ju­nior sec­tion and the do­na­tion from Per­sim­mon will help us to pro­vide more coach­ing for th­ese girls, in­clud­ing in­door ses­sions this win­ter. It will also en­able us to work in schools in the area, pro­vid­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for girls to take part in the sport.”

Ballinger Wag­goners has been go­ing from strength to strength in re­cent times with the club’s un­der 13s girls team be­ing awarded the cov­eted CMJ Spirit of Cricket Award, with the prize in­clud­ing a trip to Lord’s cricket ground and an in­ter­view on na­tional ra­dio.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Per­sim­mon Homes Thames Val­ley Mar­tyn Clark said: “We are de­lighted to se­lect Ballinger Wag­goners Cricket Club as one of our Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons, al­low­ing them to ex­pand their club and get more girls in­volved in cricket.

“Per­sim­mon Homes Thames Val­ley has had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to its Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons scheme and it is al­ways a tricky task to pick our win­ners each month.

“If ap­pli­cants were un­suc­cess­ful last month, we urge them to visit the Per­sim­mon Homes web­site and to try again and hope­fully they will be­come our next Com­mu­nity Cham­pion.”

Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons is a year-long pro­gramme with £750,000 to be spread across the housebuilder’s 25 re­gions.

Groups and char­i­ties who have al­ready worked hard to raise funds them­selves can ap­ply for match fund­ing of up to £1,000.

To ap­ply for fund­ing, visit www. per­sim­mon homes. com/char­ity.

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