Leeds City Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyle Service have been providing support to North Leeds Cricket Club over the last few years, with ongoing meetings and discussions aimed at improving the clubs facilities and developing closer links with the community.
The club is based in the Roundhay ward and currently has 3 senior teams and over 150 junior players including teams at Under 9’s through to Under 17’s. The club have also developed strong links with Roundhay School, which is located only a few hundred yards away and have been involved in other initiatives including school based events and hosting the Drax Trophy, a national cricket event aimed at youngsters in the Under 9 age group.
North Leeds Cricket Club(NLCC), through much hard work and consultation, have recently opened their newly refurbished clubhouse which was attended by over 300 people. The council’s Club Development Officer provided advice and support in relation to identifying suitable funding and in wording some of the funding applications, along with officers from the Yorkshire Cricket Board. The club were also supported by the Inner North East Area Committee, who were very keen to support a local club, doing such fantastic work in the local community.
The total cost of the refurbished clubhouse came in at around £200 000 with funding coming from the following organisations, as well as money from the clubs own funds:
BIFFA, ECB grants and loan, Sport England and Leeds City Council.
Funding paid for the following work:
Demolition of changing rooms/toilets/showers, new balcony, changing rooms, showers, toilets including disabled toilet, store room, new roof, veranda/canopy.
The Sports Service are now supporting the club to reduce their rates, so that money saved can be put back into club development and discussions are ongoing around locating a new cricket pitch, to provide additional match day/training space for the vast amount of juniors already playing at NLCC.