Today Sport England and Penn Cricket Club announce that the club have been granted £50,000 to redevelop and improve the Pavilion and Bar facilities from the Inspired Facilities fund.
The grant forms part of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund and today Sport England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities.
Penn Cricket Club will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to refurbish and upgrade the current facilities at the ground, which has helped thousands of local young people get into sport since it opened its doors in 1908. The improvements include a new Pavilion, bar and conferencing facilities, multi-use room and kitchens.
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “Two years on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Wolverhampton.”
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the West Midlands who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Club President, John Fellows, said: “At Penn Cricket Club we are delighted to have been awarded a Grant by Sport England towards the cost of our project to develop first class facilities for the benefit of both members and the local community.”
“We would like to thank our local M.P., local Councillors, and the many local organisations who supported our application, and in due course we look forward to welcoming you to the Club.”
“We are confident that the redeveloped facility will enhance the ground, will encourage youth development and will be an asset to the local community.”
Local MP, Paul Uppal, said: “I am delighted that Penn Cricket Club has been successful in its application for a grant from Sport England, and I am excited about the new facilities and new opportunities that it will bring. Having had the pleasure of visiting the Club; I know that it will make a real difference.”
“Cricket has been a part of my life since a young age, and I hope the next generation coming through at Penn Cricket Club will be inspired to go on and achieve great things. Hopefully Penn can produce future England players to bring our nation success!”
As part of the initial celebrations of receiving the grant, PennCC will be hosting an Open Training Session at its Mount Road Ground on Thursday 1st May at 6:30pm for the local community to come and take a look at what we do here at Penn and how we influence the local community. The bar will also be open that night.
Penn Cricket Club is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the Fifth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.
Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from September 2014. You can find out more at: www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.