THERE will be no excuse for Hadleigh’s senior or junior players not to get enough practice in now their new state-of-the-art nets have been opened.
In front of some eager youngsters on Sunday, the tape was cut on the new £28,700 facility by Babergh District Council chairman David Wood and Hadleigh Mayor Penny Cook.
The project to replace the Suffolk club’s 30-year old nets began 18 months ago and has involved a considerable fundraising effort from both senior and junior members, as well as grants from Babergh and Suffolk councils.
A presentation by four of the club’s junior members helped secure £5,000 from Suffolk County Council’s Youth Opportunity Fund and the junior section are set to be the biggest beneficiaries of the new facilities.
Hadleigh runs three junior teams, has more than 80 children aged 9-15 receiving coaching three nights per week, and is involved in delivering the Chance to Shine scheme in five local state schools, introducing children to cricket. This year the club has also begun a girls section and launched an Academy side for its best juniors, playing in the Hunts County Bats Suffolk League against adult teams.