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Gorseinon Cricket Club receive SwansAid funding

Gorseinon Cricket Club this week received £2,000 after successfully applying to SwansAid for a grant.

The local club, which plays at Welfare Ground in Gorseinon, were presented with the funds from members of the Community Trust and club ambassador Lee Trundle.

Using the grant to fund new nets, the money was the “final piece in the jigsaw,” said Chris Richards, the club’s Hon Secretrary.

“The grant money from SwansAid will be used as part of the overall costs towards our new outdoor two-bay cricket nets,” Chris explained. “We as a club had to find a minimum of 25% of the overall costs of the project, which is approximately £9,000, so the £2,000 received from SwansAid was a huge boost to us achieving our goal.”

Formed over a century ago in 1903, the 113-year old cricket club recognises the importance of supporting young, local talent, and encouraging more youngsters to take part in the sport.

In addition to two senior teams comprised of 35 players, Gorseinon Cricket Club has seven youth teams ranging from under-9 to under-19 level that caters for 80 junior members.

Additionally, the club places importance on aiding school teams in their local area.

“We are a community based club and we offer our facilities to local primary schools, as well as to Gower College Swansea,” Chris continued.

Such a stance that aims to develop young cricketers, not only resulted in them being successfully chosen to receive a grant, it has proved successful with their youth system producing international talent in the form of England U19 cricketer, Aneurin Donald.

Playing all his junior cricket at Gorseinon, before making a move to Mumbles to play in the Premier League, Aneurin has gone on to represent Glamorgan, Wales Minor Counties and has captained England U19s. 

“We at the club are honoured to have bought him through our junior coaching system,” added Chris. “Who knows, our new net facility may even bring through another one or two talented cricketers who will go on and represent England in the future!”

SwansAid applications are open until the end of today (April 1st 2016) so if you need financial support, check your eligibility and apply for SwansAid funding HERE. For more information on SwansAid please contact Helen Elton on Helen@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk 


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