Howzat for a cash boost!

The cricket venue will be upgraded thanks to a �21k grant
The cricket venue will be upgraded thanks to a �21k grant

A WIGAN cricket club is set for expansion after being given a huge donation of more than £20,000.

St Peters Pavilion in Hindley will now create an outdoor spectator area and improved access for those with disabilities after Barclays gave them a cash grant of £21,695.42.

The whole club has become a hub for the community

It follows previous cash boosts totalling £45,000 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2005.

Now youngsters have access to an array of sporting activities on the site.

Paul Barnett, centre manager at St Peters Pavilion, said: “The award of this grant is fantastic news for all users.

“The whole club has, since its opening in 2008, become a hub for the community with many differing users: young, old, adults with learning difficulties and the disabled.

“The much needed pathways opens up more of the site for everyone to access the multi-use games area (MUGA) previously not accessible to wheelchair users, it will also provide a family recreation, picnic area and a spectator viewing area for all our multi sports.

“We would like to thank Barclays Spaces for Sports for their continued support of our project.”

Money has previously been used to purchase an automatic bowling machine, send coaches on courses and run a variety of sports sessions for school children.

Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield, said: “This is fantastic news for St Peter’s Cricket Club and I’m delighted they have been successful.

“They are a real community club and I know this money will benefit them and the wider community.”

Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities. As part of this scheme, Barclays partnered with the Football Foundation to deliver the award-winning £67m facilities investment programme which has developed 200 community facilities across the UK.

Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Barclays, added: “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that St Peters Pavilion has received is a strong example of 
this.”