Sports surface specialist total-play Ltd recently joined forces with leading bulk loam supplier Boughton to help Leicester Community Sports' Cricket Academy boost the cricket facilities on offer at its new home.
The Northants-based companies' teamwork saw a new natural turf cricket square constructed at Leicester Community Sports ' (LCS) base, Stonehill High School, at minimal cost to the community interest organisation.
Boughton donated 80 tonnes of cricket loam to the project, while total-play donated its time and skill to design and construct a new six-pitch cricket table.
The new facility will help LCS, which was established in 2011, to continue its work of reaching out to the community and disadvantaged people through the medium of sport, as Founder Zaheer Dread Esat explains:
"When we set up in 2011, we had just nine youngsters involved but over the past two years the growth has been phenomenal and we now have 120 members.
The goal is to use cricket as a way to get disadvantaged youngsters and adults to feel part of something and enable self-development; offering the support and training to help them reach their potential - whether it be enjoying the game at grass-roots or training to achieve a place at first class or International level.
"To do this we need first-class facilities, and the new cricket square will be a real boost for us.
On behalf of Leicester Community Sports Cricket Academy I would like to thank Boughton and total-play for their generous support. We are now one step closer to achieving our goal by giving our young people the opportunity to play cricket in the adult league and fulfilling one of our main objectives 'Coaching Cricket, Creating Champions'.
"This new development will be life changing, literally, for our members and all involved in the LCS experience."
MD of total-play Ltd, David Bates, says: "When Dread approached us about constructing a new square, I was seriously impressed with the work LCS is doing within the community.
Sport genuinely has the power to transform lives and Dread and his team of volunteers do a fantastic job in terms of engaging youngsters and offering them a chance to reach their full potential.
We're proud to support their work, and would like to thank Boughton for their generosity in providing the loam for the project.
We're now looking forward to seeing LCS's young cricketers go from strength to strength - and possibly seeing future International players among their ranks!"
For further information about Leicester Community Sports Cricket Academy and how to get involved, visit www.leicestercommunitysports.org.uk