Grants totalling £17,000 from building materials firm Lafarge are helping provide new facilities at a Staffordshire cricket club.
The three donations, made by Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK through the Landfill Communities Fund, have contributed to a new cricket square, purchase of mobile wicket covers and a state-of-the-art mower for Alrewas Cricket Club.
Ian Adcock, quarry manager at Lafarge’s nearby Alrewas Quarry, said: “Lafarge is a company which is committed to supporting the communities around its operations and we were delighted to help with grants to help Alrewas Cricket Club realise its improvement programme which will provide a firm foundation to secure the future of the club.
“It is a great club, bringing people together from across the community and we are proud to support it.”
Lafarge’s initial LCF grant of £6,000 provided the bulk of the money to level and relay the worn-out cricket square resulting in an even covering of grass and consistent bounce and consistently high pitch inspection marks from umpires.
A second grant of £2,000 helped towards the purchase of mobile wicket covers to protect the playing area in inclement weather and enable matches to continue after rain, improving participation, spectator satisfaction and reducing loss of revenue.
A third grant of £8,000 went to fund the purchase of a new multi-functional wicket mower.
Building on the improvements already made to the surface, this equipment allows the groundsman to remove unwanted growth and debris and ultimately to cut the grass shorter.