A £27,000 Sport England funding boost is set to transform Knaresborough Cricket Club - and boost sport in the town in general.
The club has secured the National Lottery cash injection as part of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
Club secretary Jonathan Corcoran said: “The club plans to use the money to ensure it is stable for the next 20 years.
“We are a multi-sport centre, with facilities for sports such as table tennis, running and darts, as well as for cricket.
“We have good facilities, but this funding will allow us to give them some TLC.”
He explained what the money would be spent on.
He said: “For instance, we will install boilers and replace windows. Also, electricity and water for the groundskeeper’s shed, to make it easier for them to prepare the playing surface.
“It is mainly infrastructure, as well as new machinery for the grounds staff.
“The money is a lift for everyone who uses the club.
“We are meeting soon to discuss a plan of exactly what to do with the money. We applied for it in March, and over the next six to 12 months we will make sure we get everything right.”
The club currently plays in the Aire Wharfe second division.
Club chairman, Don Winspear said: “Knaresborough Cricket Club has had a very good year. More people are enjoying sport at the Club where a range of day time opportunities have been introduced.
“Knaresborough Striders have also been flourishing after making the club their base in 2012.
“The award from Sport England will allow us to develop facilities to support wide ranging sporting and community use”.
Club president Peter Bedford praised the hard work that the chairman of the club and his committee had put into preparing and submitting the bid which resulted in the Club receiving this substantial award.
He said: “The work to be carried out using these funds will ensure that Knaresborough Cricket Club sporting and recreational facilities will reflect the greatness of the Club as it approaches it’s bicentenary”
MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones said: “It was an easy decision to support Knaresborough Cricket Club’s application to the Inspired Facilities Fund.
“I look forward to visiting Knaresborough Cricket Club soon to hear more of their exciting plans.
“I will help them any way I can to support the community even more using this marvelous grant from Sport England.”