Corley cricket club awarded £500 from The Heart of England Co-operative Society


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Talented young cricketers from a village near Coventry are celebrating a £500 windfall towards new kits thanks to the Heart of England Co-operative Society.

Corley Cricket Club has used the cash from the Society’s Helping Hearts Awards Scheme towards 12 new coloured kits. The kits will be worn by the club’s Under 19s team.

Celebrating 70 years in the Corley community next year, the club, situated on the outskirts of the village, today boasts 100 members plus a further 60 Little Batters – boys and girls aged four to seven.

With equipment, insurance, utilities, coaching courses and general upkeep of the ground among the general expenses faced by the club, the running costs reach £20,000 per year.

This is met through membership fees, match fees, fundraising, donations, social functions and income from the bar. Adam Webb, Chairman of Corley Cricket Club, said members had been given a real boost by the award from the Society.

He said: “The cricket club is a social hub within our community. More than just our matches and weekly training sessions, there is a real social side to it among the wider community with regular quiz nights, barbecues and outdoor cinema nights during the summer, all helping us to meet our annual running costs while building lifelong friendships and bringing the community closer together.

“We also have excellent relationships with other community groups in Corley who also use our facilities for their own activities.”

He added: “Without donations such as this from the Heart of England Co-operative Society the club would be unable to provide exceptional cricketing opportunities for over 100 young people and enable our national game to thrive within the local area.”

Jo Dyke, Community and Membership Adviser of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, said it was the perfect example of the type of community project Helping Hearts was designed to help.

She said: “Corley Cricket Club is a pinnacle within its local community – not just for cricket fans or players but for their families and the wider community also.

“It has long played a vital role within Corley and is clearly well supported by a great many people in the village and we are delighted to be able to help in some small way to ensure that Adam and his colleagues can continue their fantastic work.”

To make an application for your local community group or project pick up a form from any Food or Funeral branch of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, or contact Jo on 024 7638 2331.

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