Bognor Regis Cricket Club have taken delivery of new equipment which will enable them to improve their wicket and outfield.
It was presented by Bognor MP Nick Gibb following a grant from SITA Trust, who awarded the club £27,500.
The club plans to improve their playing surfaces to allow more community sports use and enhance the playing experiences of their growing youth membership.
The new gear will allow the club to move towards fulfilling their aim of expanding community use in conjunction with local clubs, schools and voluntary groups.
Bernard Burns, chairman of the cricket club, said: “When we first drew up our ground development plans they were ambitious, but we have been determined to seek to gain greater use of the ground and improve the quality of the playing surface for all users.
“This fantastic support from SITA Trust has allowed us to purchase equipment now that would have taken several years otherwise. Speeding up our plans means more people can enjoy cricket, football and other sports much sooner that we envisaged.”
Mike Broad, chairman of the colts’ section, added: “This is superb news for our club and local community. It is a real boost towards what we are trying to achieve and is very much appreciated by all the young boys, girls, local schools and others
who will now benefit, by us being able to use the ground more often.
Jools Granville, communications manager for SITA Trust, said Bognor were a large ECB-accredited club with eight active coaches and a growing youth section.
“The sports pitch is used for multiple activities such as football and summer hockey, which results in the use of the sports field throughout the year and not just during the cricket season,” he said.
“However this more intensive use of the field means maintenance requiremnts are quite high in order to keep the surface in good condition.
“We are delighted to be able to support this club to ensure the very best facilities for the people of Bognor and the surrounding area.”
SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.