Two clubs based in Swanland have been awarded £29,303.91 funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.
Swanland Bowling Club have been awarded £16,303.91 towards purchasing ground maintenance equipment and upgrading the current kitchen and toilets on the site. The project will allow the club to have hot water from the taps for the first time. In addition to the Commuted Sums funding, Swanland Bowling Club will be funding £1,811.55.00 of the £18,115.46 project from their own funds.
David Mitchelson, Committee Member at Swanland Bowling Club, said: "The Bowling Club are delighted to be recipients of the Commuted Sums
Funding Award. It will enable us to undertake a long overdue renovation of the ladies' and gents' toilets and replace most of our green maintenance machines
which are proving to be expensive to repair."
Swanland Cricket Club have been awarded £13,000 towards their club upgrades project. The funding will allow the club to purchase new sight screens, to replace the existing ones which have been damaged; wicket covers; an electric cricket scoreboard; a line marker; and two extra cassettes for ground maintenance. In addition to the Commuted Sums funding, Swanland Cricket Club will be funding £1,449.72 from their own funds towards the £14,449.72 project.
Alan Smith, Chairman at Swanland Cricket Club, said: "This award provides funding for equipment, which is vital for a club like ours, to enable it to move forward and prosper, within the village of Swanland.
"The new equipment will replace that which was vandalised during lockdown, allow wickets to be covered during periods of inclement weather, enabling more cricket to be played, and ground maintenance equipment necessary for the continued improvement of the playing surface.
"The award really does mean the difference between surviving or thriving. Currently with no external sponsors or funding, the only revenue string for the club is from members' subscriptions.
"Having to pay for, but also prepare, our own wicket, it is essential we have the right tools for the job, which this award provides. The club can now look forward to a bright future, maintaining a summer focus in the village and providing increased opportunity for all, be it playing, practicing, or simply supporting their local team.
"Our gratitude and thanks go out to all the Commuted Sums team, but in particular Lea Anne Wright, Rob Laycock and Theresa Gale for their continued hard work, professionalism and assistance delivering the award process - a big thank you from everybody at Swanland Cricket Club."
Councillor David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, said: "I am very pleased that we have been able to facilitate these two awards of Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval. It's clear that both awards will form a lifeline for both of these clubs, and I wish them both well for the future."