Solihull Cricket & Football Club further funding

Sport England funding

 Solihull Cricket & Football Club awarded further funding of £33,000 from Sport England

Playing fields across the country continue to be protected and improved thanks to nearly £3.7 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund.

Since its launch in 2011, 399 projects have benefited from a total of £22 million of investment over six rounds, with more than 1,000 pitches protected and improved. Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The latest round of our Protecting Playing Fields fund continues to make a real difference to community sports clubs up and down the country by supporting one of the most important resources in sport. By protecting and improving playing fields in communities across the country, we’re ensuring people and teams have a place to get active and enjoy sport all year round.

” Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, said: “This £3.7 million lottery funding is helping to protect and improve playing fields across the country, giving a better sports experience to thousands. Combined with our on-going work to put down more 3G pitches this will also mean sports fixtures become less victims of the weather and enable play all-year-round.”

Protecting Playing Fields enhances the role Sport England already plays in safeguarding playing fields. The future of all sites funded through this programme will be secured for a minimum of 25 years. The funding for playing fields improvements is also in addition to our special £5 million flood relief fund that is helping restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the exceptional weather earlier in the year. The fund was specifically created to help with the damage caused by the floods and storms over winter. 

Dickens Heath Sports Club incorporating Tanworth and Camp Hill Cricket Club and Leafield Athletic Ladies Football Club are among 63 national sports projects to secure a share of £3.7 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields fund.  

The Cricket & Football teams have been granted major funding from the protecting playing field fund to upgrade the drainage on the football pitches at their Rumbush Lane ground. This involves extending the current drainage system from the cricket ground to cover both football pitch’s clean out existing drainage ditch’s and add a further outlet to take the water away into a road ditch.    

This means that we will have high standard drained football pitches to go along side our current well-drained cricket playing area.

Club Chairman, Peter Carey, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which will enable us to upgrade the quality of our football pitches that will match our refurbished Clubhouse which is being financed by a Sport England inspired facility award It is our strategy to get the club fully integrated in the local area to maximise our membership by offering competitive Junior/ Adult cricket & Junior/Ladies Football to anyone who wants to join a local sports club.  

Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Protecting Playing Field Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline.

To find out more and bid, visit  



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