Hampton Cricket Club
Since its foundation back in 2004, Hampton Cricket Club has held a long desire to form an all-encompassing leisure offering that the local community can be proud of.
However, the facilities from which the club operates has caused longstanding obstruction. The proposed Clayburn Road site which was earmarked from the outset has been subject to continuous development, preventing the Club from a settled ‘home’.
After many years of temporary relocations, ground sharing and playing matches away from home, the Club finally secured a settled home in 2015, subsequently accelerating the Clubs expansion and progress.
The Club has a core of loyal local members, which proved challenging with the previous travel requirements. Nevertheless, since 2015 the scene has dramatically improved with four senior teams and a thriving junior section that continues to benefit from specialist coaching sessions.
Firmly established within the respective Huntingdon and Rutland leagues, the Club is now attracting players from around the County thanks to the inclusive and friendly atmosphere, backed by facilities such as the recently added Grass Wicket (to English Cricket Board standards).
Keen to advance the Clubs provisions, a number of new elements have also recently been added, thanks to a grant of £14,980 from local construction business Mick George Ltd. This has permitted an artificial turf wicket for training purposes, as well as an Electronic Scoreboard, which are sure to develop the growing number of members associated with the Club.
It’s not just the players that will benefit either, the spectator areas have also seen improvements made. New benches, an increased patio area and awning for the club room have also been installed.
The changes have been made as a result of consultation with existing and visiting players, and are anticipated to help grow the number of players that currently represent the Club, which presently stands at approximately 80.
It could also prove significant in the Club’s quest for other sources of funding. Undoubtedly, it’s a more appealing sponsorship prospect, notwithstanding the improved opportunity to host social events at the amenity.
Daniel Leggett at Hampton Cricket Club said: ‘’The future is a bright and the original vision for inclusive community cricket on Hampton has materialised. To sustain and grow, requires ongoing investment of time, money and commitment. We’re extremely grateful to Mick George Ltd for their generosity.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Over recent times we have backed a number of Cricket Clubs within the regions that we operate. It is good to see that a variety of sport and community initiatives are benefitting from our support.‘’