Cricket club is hoping to bowl over local Lions

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 May 2012

Un 17 cricket  team.

Un 17 cricket team.


SINCE it was formed in 1845 Weston Cricket Club has seen hundreds of youngsters unleash their inner batsmen and bowler.

And now the club is hoping to help more youngsters follow in the footsteps of its biggest success story, Somerset County Cricket Club all-rounder Peter Trego with the help of a Mercury-supported initiative.

The Devonshire Road-based club is just one of a number of organisations which have bid for funding from the Go! Kids Go! campaign, run by the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club.

Three main grants of £1,000 from three prominent businessmen will be handed out at the Lions Real Ale Festival on July 29, along with smaller grants from the Lions fund and a donation from the Weston Carnival Committee.

The club has under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 teams, and for the current season has organised coaching sessions for dozens of youngsters of age nine and upwards.

It provides children with helmets, gloves, pads, cricket bats, balls, stumps and ground to play cricket on.

Club secretary Neil Crocker said: “In addition we are working with eight local primary schools to deliver cricket coaching in school time as part of the chance 2 shine programme.

“This has so far involved 672 children.”

The club is hoping for a slice of some Go! Kids Go! funding to help it equip its youngsters with some of the best bats available for use in the 2013 season.

All you have to do to enter your group is download a form from or pick one up from our office.

Your group must be a registered club or charity, involved in promoting the health and wellbeing of young people and based within postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go! Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in at our reception. The deadline for applications is June 15 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 26.

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