Dinton Cricket Club has been bowled over after netting £46,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England.
The club, which is based off the Oxford Road near Aylesbury, has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The Hermits will receive £45,816 of National Lottery funding to upgrade changing facilities and showers at the clubhouse. Dinton’s senior sides play in the Home Counties Premier League and in The Cherwell League. There are also junior teams playing in various competitions and a girls team. This year the club reached the semi-finals of the prestigious National Village Cup competition for the first time in their history – just missing out on a dream day out at Lord’s.
The grant will enable the Dinton to update and improve the changing area at the club and add new showers and toilets.
It is intended to complete the project by the beginning of the 2014 cricket season.
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Bucks.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the South East who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Dinton chairman Jonathan Morgan said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the standard of cricket that is being currently played at the club.
“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Dinton skipper and head of junior cricket, Mike Sutliff, added: “It is great news for all associated with the club and reflects our continuing ambition to provide the highest standard of cricket and facilities. Coming hot on the heels of our most successful season ever in the National Village KO these are very exciting times.”