Newclose County Cricket Ground

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Newclose County Cricket Ground were given a grant from the Brian Gardener Isle of Wight Cricket Fund to encourage boys and girls to play competitive cricket. The group aims to promote community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of those living on the Island; and in particular the provision of cricket facilities for junior cricket teams, ladies and girls’ cricket teams and provision for disabled persons to play cricket.

The funds will ensure a pitch is available for all fixtures, prepared by a contract groundsman to ensure that young people can continue to play cricket at an affordable price. Some of the young players are from poorer homes in disadvantaged areas of Newport, Cowes, Ryde, Sandown and Ventnor and playing cricket helps the youngsters to generate team spirit, increase confidence, raise fitness levels and give satisfaction in achieving success.