Grounds for im­prove­ment at Lan­g­ley

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - CRICKET

LAN­G­LEY Cricket Club are un­der­go­ing ma­jor ground works dur­ing the close sea­son.

Hav­ing se­cured a to­tal of £80,000 in grant fund­ing, £65,000 from the Sport Eng­land Pro­tect­ing Play­ing Fields pro­gramme and £15,000 from the WREN FCC Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Fund, the club has been able to pro­fes­sion­ally ren­o­vate the play­ing area, in­stall a new ground drainage sys­tem and im­ple­ment an on­go­ing two-year main­te­nance pro­gramme.

The works have been car­ried out by Cheshire based con­trac­tor Souter Sports un­der the man­age­ment su­per­vi­sion of Pro­fes­sional Sport­sturf De­sign (PSD) NW Lim­ited.

Mark Higgs, Project Man­ager for Souter Sports com­mented: “We have car­ried out mi­nor lev­el­ling works to the square to im­prove the over­all sur­face and erad­i­cate ex­ist­ing un­du­la­tions, along with the ex­ten­sive in­stal­la­tion of both a pri­mary piped drainage sys­tem and a sec­ondary slit drain scheme over the out­field to as­sist in sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in sur­face drainage. This will hope­fully re­duce the num­ber of fix­tures lost due to in­clement weather dur­ing the play­ing sea­son.

“We also man­aged to use some of the slit drain aris­ings to fill a hol­low on an area of the out­field im­prov­ing the sur­face lev­els from a play­ers per­spec­tive. An ir­ri­ga­tion tank and pump as­sem­bly has also been fit­ted al­low­ing wa­ter­ing of the square through and quick cou­pler at­tach­ment close by.

“We hope that we have met the ex­pec­ta­tion of the club and that the fa­cil­ity en­ables the club to ful­fil their fix­tures along with the growth, de­vel­op­ment and suc­cess of Lan­g­ley CC for the fu­ture.”

Lan­g­ley CC Grants Of­fi­cer Matt Stevens added: “The works will make a huge dif­fer­ence to our club.

“Not only will we have a much im­proved play­ing sur­face, our out­field will now be able to cope with ad­verse weather con­di­tions, with can­celled games cost­ing the club sig­nif­i­cant and es­sen­tial funds year in year out.

“In line with our club de­vel­op­ment plan, we have en­gaged with lo­cal pri­mary schools and the Scouts and will look to broaden our pro­vi­sion for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for those groups and more over the next few years.

“I would like to sin­cerely thank Sport Eng­land, WREN, PSD and Souter Sports for their shared vi­sion and fan­tas­tic sup­port of our great club.”

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