Working in partnership with Howick Hall Gardens, The North Northumberland Branch of the National Autistic Society and Active Northumberland, we plan to provide a new sports and community facility.The proposal involves demolishing the existing cricket pavilion and building a new pavilion in the north west corner of the ground. This corner provides a better orientation for a pavilion and the new layout meets the requirements of the English Cricket Board (ECB). The facilities are arguably some of the worst in the cricket league and are massively below standard, when compared to modern requirements. For example: a) the changing rooms are small being less than 10m2 and less than half the current space requirements, b) there are no showers, c) the only toilet is unhygenic, damp and outside around the back d) the kitchen fittings are limited, dated and fall well below current food hygiene standards, e) there is no electricity supply, f) the roof is holed and requires regular patching f) there are no accessible facilities or suitable access for a person with disabilities and finally g) there are no changing facilities for officials.
Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club is a thriving community sports club in Northumberland. We run 3 senior teams on a Saturday which play in the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League. We have a busy junior section with in excess of 120 members aged between 7 and 15. We run junior sides at aged 11, 13 and 15; a girls team, an under 19s team and a ladies team. We are an ECB Focus Club and hold the Clubmark accreditation.
A neighbouring club, Howick Cricket Club was on the verge of folding in 2012 due to a lack of playing numbers, therefore we agreed to take that club over at the start of 2013. This gave us a second cricket ground, at Howick Hall and the capability of playing a third team on a Saturday, giving more players the opportunity to play competitive cricket. This arrangement has worked successfully but the pavilion condition is a major issue.
More cricket matches and coaching at junior aged groups have enabled us to develop a stream of junior county cricketers for Northumberland and also England.
We should win as the people who will benefit from our new facility are:
a) Local cricketers. Our cricket club runs 12 teams and whilst the Howick ground is the home of our third team, with better facilities additional matches could be play there. and more opportunities given to people to play sport. Building on the work we have done to introduce ladies and girls cricket.We plan to make this the base for our newly formed ladies team (2017), our new (2018) u13 girls team and play more junior games at the u11 and u13 age groups. We also plan to make the facilities available for regional training and matches. Many of our cricketers, live in very rural areas and cricket provides an opportunity to be active and for them to have quality social interaction outside school/work.
b) The North Northumberland Branch of the National Autistic Society support group and children. The group have just developed a sensory garden at Howick Hall and plan to hold their monthly summer meetings in the pavilion along with activity mornings for children, mainly aimed at active lifestyles, and educational sessions.
c) Adults who are being encouraged to exercise for health and wellbeing reasons. many of which come forward through GP referral schemes. Active Northumberland, working with local health providers, plan to use the facilities, take advantage of the location and use it as a base for a number of new planned circular walks.
d) Local schoolchildren who undertake forest school activities either through their school or through privately arrangements in the school holidays. The facility will serve as an indoor classroom for such activities and will have the capability for indoor or outdoor camping.
e) Residents of the village and surrounding area - they will be able to book the facilities for meetings, parties, BBQ's.