Burghley Park Cricket Club: Practice Nets
After a long winter, the Cricket season is back underway and although the opening result wasn’t as hoped for, when Burghley Park CC 1ST XI when they took on Newborough CC on Saturday, it’s certainly not all ‘doom and gloom’ for those connected with the Club.
This week, Paul Nixon - Head Coach at Leicestershire County Cricket Club made a special visit to Burghley Park Cricket Club to unveil a brand-new practice net and artificial wicket that has been installed at the Clubs’ playing facilities.
A £19,029 grant from local business Mick George Ltd has permitted the fresh amenities. The new features will prevent any further expenditure and hassles of having to manage a mobile net, or to borrow from the nearby Stamford School.
Local Cricket enthusiasts from around the county will be itching to get the bat, pads and ball out in the new nets.
The thriving youth section that the Club’ caters for have been among the first to sample the recent addition.
The Club’ currently attracts up to 200 visitors per week, all of which are connected to the 3-adult and 5-junior teams. Already attracting a wide-range of people from the local communities, it is anticipated that the changes will help elevate the offering to the next-level, bringing an even larger talent-pool to the Club, proving influential in the development of those involved.
The additions are likely to be the starting point for further refurbishments which the Club’ is hoping to make, with the Pavilion that dates back to 1892, next in line for some works.
Simon Stephenson, Chairman at Burghley Park Cricket Club said: ‘’The award of the funding to allow the installation of new practice nets will make a huge difference to the quality of practice sessions and coaching that the Club’ can offer our Cricketers. The nets will be a core focus of our training preparation for all age categories.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Burghley Estates has a rich heritage in the region, and one that owes to the substantial investment directed at preserving the grounds which entices large audiences from far-and-wide.’’
Stump continued: ‘’Each of the components that complete the Estates, including the Cricket-Club has a part to play, and we’re proud to have been able to support this project, especially given that it is likely to benefit local participants or spectators, for years to come.’’