Fa­cil­i­ties lift thanks to for­mer player

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Cricket Club have an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Mac­cles­field-based Build­ing Con­trac­tor GF Hold­ing, whose clients in­clude many ma­jor names in both the leisure and retail bank­ing sec­tors.

For­mer Macc CC player and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of GF Hold­ing, Si­mon Hold­ing, is de­lighted that his firm’s cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship has en­abled the club to pro­ceed with a sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal pro­ject which will greatly im­prove its fa­cil­i­ties.

This sup­port from GF Hold­ing has en­abled the Club to place an or­der for a much-needed three lane train­ing net fa­cil­ity.

It’s a fa­cil­ity which will de­velop the crick­et­ing skills for mem­bers of all ages, in an en­vi­ron­ment where the Club’s 25 qual­i­fied coaches can work with and im­prove the skill set of all play­ers from age seven up­wards.

“Th­ese nets will greatly im­prove the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at the Vic­to­ria Road ground and I sin­cerely hope that the mem­bers of all age groups will take ad­van­tage of them to de­velop their crick­et­ing abil­ity” com­mented Si­mon Hold­ing.

“We at GF Hold­ing strongly sup­port the am­bi­tion of Mac­cles­field Cricket Club to re­gain the ECB Premier Divi­sion crown (last won in 1999) in the very near fu­ture. Im­prov­ing the fa­cil­i­ties to train and raise skills will help the club achieve this goal.”

Pic­tured at the club’s his­toric Vic­to­ria Road ground where the new train­ing fa­cil­ity will be si­t­u­ated are (L-R) Mal­colm Ward, Si­mon Grif­fiths & Si­mon Hold­ing, Roger Moss, and at the back Bar­ney Cut­bill.

Si­mon Grif­fiths, chair­man of Macc CC, said: “For an ECB Cheshire Premier League club, the lack of nets has been a ma­jor gap in our fa­cil­i­ties.

“The mem­bers have been work­ing hard to raise the funds, and we still need to raise some more, but with G F Hold­ing’s gen­eros­ity we can now look for­ward to in­stal­la­tion early this sum­mer. A tremen­dous boost for us, that will truly trans­form our ground.”

The club is ac­tively try­ing to raise money, and all do­na­tions to the Com­mu­nity Am­a­teur Sports Club can be made via the Vir­gin Just Giv­ing site.

Trea­surer Roger Moss said: “This is the an­other piece of the jig­saw for the de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties on our main ground. Over the past 3 years we have made huge strides as a Club with a new chang­ing room block and elec­tronic score­board to com­pli­ment our won­der­ful cricket ground. We are ex­tremely grate­ful for GF Hold­ing’s sup­port dur­ing 2015 & 2016, as we con­tinue to move for­ward as a Club and this in­cred­i­ble train­ing fa­cil­ity will be of huge ben­e­fit to mem­bers of all ages.”

Ste­wart Gar­nett, who is head coach of the club’s boom­ing Academy sec­tion is equally de­lighted with this im­prove­ment.

He said: “The train­ing fa­cil­ity will help our coaches de­velop the skills of our 130 Academy play­ers into po­ten­tial first class crick­eters fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of for­mer Eng­land coach Peter Moores amongst oth­ers. At the very least it will mean our young­sters have qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties to prac­tice and im­prove their abil­ity at the game they love. It is a huge step for­ward for the Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity.”

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