Stockport Residents Bowled Over by New Cricket Investment

Stockport residents will benefit from the installation of five artificial grass cricket wickets.

Stockport Residents Bowled Over by New Cricket Investment

The English Cricket Board has funded the project, costing £50,000, as part of their Greater Manchester Inspiring Generations Cricket Strategy.

The new wickets have been installed at Marple Hall School, Bramhall High School, Kingsway School, Woodford Recreation Ground and Heaton Mersey Village Cricket Club. The new wickets will provide state-of-the-art, all-weather facilities. The facilities will be supported by Cheshire Cricket Board, who will deliver community development programmes to start at the beginning of next year’s cricket season.

Councillor Grace Baynham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Parks and Leisure Services, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Inspiring Generations project. Many Stockport pupils, clubs and community groups will have the opportunity to play cricket, increasing grassroots participation across the borough. This fantastic project supports the Council’s vision, 'Stockport Moving Together', to get more people active in Stockport.”

Joe Barker, Marple Hall School Head Teacher, added: “We have over 100 students at Marple Hall that are already enthusiastic club cricketers, but up until now we haven’t had a high-quality pitch at the school for them to play on. They will really benefit from this fantastic addition to the school as well as all those new to the sport and the future generations.”

This project forms an integral part of the Inspiring Generations strategy, running from June 2022 until December 2024. The strategy aims to use cricket to improve young people’s lives and create stronger, healthier communities in Greater Manchester. The 10- Point Action Plan will deliver 100 non-turf pitches, three new urban cricket centres, and a comprehensive development programme. Once complete, they will engage around 150,000 young people in the sport and reduce inequality in access to local sports facilities for disadvantaged communities across the region.