Cricketers bowled over by new cricket nets

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Balls will be whizzing along the new surface after the Artificial Cricket Practice Nets at South Petherton Recreation Ground were officially opened on Thursday 4 July.

The new facility will be used by children from All Stars Cricket and the community of South Petherton. All Stars Cricket is England and Wales Cricket Board’s entry level participation programme aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.

The opening is the culmination of the £44,500 project which has been led by South Petherton Parish Council. The project was made possible by developer funding from recent new housing developments in South Petherton and contributions from South Petherton Cricket Club and South Petherton Parish Council.

South Somerset District Council has worked closely with South Petherton Parish Council, who are responsible for the Recreation Ground. Adam Dance, Chairman of South Petherton Parish Council said: “This is a fantastic facility and certainly enhances the sport and recreation facilities at the recreation ground, which are available to both the sports club and local community”. 

Jake Hannis, Locality Officer at the district council, said: “We are delighted to have supported and provided advice to the Parish Council on this project. Our Playing Pitch Strategy clearly identifies the need to support the provision of non-turf practice facilities for cricket clubs to take the pressure off grass pitches and that is exactly what this new facility will provide”.

Kevin White, Chairman of South Petherton Cricket Club, said: “We are excited that this facility is now complete and the new practice nets will enable us to develop our youth teams and provide better facilities to support training and development.  We also hope that with the Cricket World Cup currently taking place in this country, this represents a huge opportunity for us to attract new players to the game”.

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing at South Somerset District Council commented: “This project is going to give a lot more people a chance to play cricket. Enhancing playing provision with facilities such as this can only help to drive up participation and performance levels in community sport.”

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