Mel Stride MP has visited Belstone Cricket Club to promote local opportunities for youngsters to play cricket this summer. He met with Club President Peter Hammond and coach Richard Drake. The club, which won Division 1 of the North Devon Sunday League in 2022, runs the official England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Allstars and Dynamos programmes, which cater for 5-8 and 8-11 year olds and take place for 8 weeks over the summer. Children can enjoy 8 one-hour sessions and receive their own bat, ball, backpack and personalised t-shirt for only £40. President Peter Hammond also briefed Mel on the club’s ambitious plans to raise £200,000 for a new pavilion.
“It was great to catch up with Mel and update him on our vision for a new pavilion that will significantly improve the facilities here at the club and provide a wonderful community space for the village and many neighbouring communities. We have raised around £40,000 so far but have a long way to go!”
Mr Stride said:
“It was great to hear that youth cricket is flourishing here in Belstone and I hope that there will be a strong up take again for 2023, particularly with both the Men’s and Women’s Ashes this summer. It is vital that clubs have quality facilities to attract new players and in rural areas where community spaces are sometimes lacking this is even more important. I will gladly support any funding bids for the new pavilion.”