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HS2 grant £75,000 to Chorleywood Cricket Club for their new clubhouse

Category: HS2 Funding, HS2 Funds, Grant from HS2, HS2’s Community and Environment Fund

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Chorleywood Cricket Club in Hertfordshire has secured a £75,000 grant from HS2 to build a new clubhouse and training facility. The two-storey building will house a community café, a commercial kitchen, changing facilities and a viewing terrace.

Picture of a cricket clubhouse

The funds secured from HS2 will be used to replace the current clubhouse, a temporary building originally installed on the site in the 1970s. Situated in an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB), the new facility will be finished with a timber façade to match the original building, complete with a natural slate roof.

The new cricket facilities will also be upgraded to bring the clubhouse up to Sport England and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) guidelines.

Cathy Elliott, Independent Chair of the HS2 Funds

The club has also partnered with Mission EmployAble, an organisation which works with young adults with learning disabilities to give them an opportunity to participate in work experience, encouraging them to take active roles in their local community.

The club plans to use the new community café and kitchen as a base for their internship programme, with space to train a cohort of around 20 young adults with moderate learning disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down's Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.

The café will be open daily, offering home-made food for snacks, light lunches, and afternoon teas served overlooking the grounds.

Steve Dunning, Chair of Chorleywood Cricket Club

Chorleywood Cricket Club received the grant through HS2’s Community & Environment Fund (CEF).

HS2, the company building the UK’s new high speed rail line, has already funded over 197 projects near their line of route between London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Local organisations including sports clubs, charities, youth programmes and local employability training schemes have already received over £11 million pounds of funding from the HS2 project.

HS2’s Community & Environment Fund (CEF) and Business & Local Economy Fund (BLEF), independently administered by community charity Groundwork UK, are still in open to applications: https://hs2funds.org.uk/home/community-environment-fund/.

For more information on HS2's DEI work please click here

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