WORK will start imminently on new changing rooms at Greenfield Cricket Club in a development that will cost approaching a six-figure sum.
Once grants are received from Sport England and the England Cricket Board, the Ladd Hill Lane club will crack on with the building work that they expect to be completed by mid-March.
Greenfield have also secured a welcome £10,000 grant from Action Oldham towards what chairman Richard Hepworth describes as a “large project”.
The grants will cover 70 per-cent of the cost of the work with Greenfield needing to raise around £30,000 over a five-year period. The balance is being borrowed interest free from the ECB.
Greenfield has launched a number of fundraising initiatives including a ‘Pledge a Tenner’ scheme for £10 a month for the next five years.
Twenty-two families have already committed and that will raise £15,000 in that period.
The old changing rooms have been in place for more than 100 years in various guises and Mr Hepworth says they are “no longer fit for purpose”.
Though the new building will be on the same footprint as the present structure, it will be 50 per-cent bigger as a large extension will be added at the rear and accommodation for the groundsman’s equipment at the side.