An £80,000 improvement scheme for a Harborough district cricket club has been opened by Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier.
The improvement works at Bowden Cricket Club’s Community Pavilion were officially opened in front of a crowd of club supporters and invited guests on Sunday.
The building, on Great Bowden Recreation Ground, now has an extra changing room and an enlarged community room.
The backbone of the funding for the scheme was a £40,000 grant from a Sport England Inspired Facilities Olympics legacy grant from National Lottery funds.
Cricket club secretary Gary Waterfield said the new facilities mean that the club is able to offer more local people the opportunity to take up cricket.
He said: “We had got to the stage where the old building struggled to cope with our existing teams.
“We have a girls’ team and problems particularly presented themselves when girls were selected for senior teams and had to change in the ladies’ toilet.
“We now have the space to house the club properly and we are able to offer first-class facilities for more people to participate in cricket.”
The building is owned by Great Bowden Parish Council and managed by the club and the parish council.
Outside of its use as a cricket pavilion, the building is available for community use.
“We have already seen bookings increase, and we are looking to extend the building’s use, particularly during the cricket close season,” said Mr Waterfield.
Sport England’s chairman Nick Bitel said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in the Harborough area.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports in the Harborough area who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Bowden Cricket Club has about 140 members and supports nine teams of all ages and both sexes.
Members come from all around the Market Harborough area.
For more details about the club, call Mr Waterfield on 07941 641 795 or visit the website at www.bowdencc.co.uk.