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Harrow St Mary’s Cricket Club chairman hopes to bring community together with cricket
The chairman of a cricket club says money secured through an Olympic legacy initiative will help it build for the future.
Last week it was announced Harrow St Mary’s Cricket Club, based just off Headstone Lane, would receive £36,679 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The club has played in the borough for more than 120 years as the cricket team of St Mary's Church, in Harrow on the Hill.
Club chairman Hasu Patel said: “We want to make St Mary’s the centre for cricketing for Harrow. We want to use the game to bring the community together and have a positive effect.
“We are also looking to create a scholarship scheme so children from all backgrounds can play and enjoy cricket.
“Kids shouldn’t be stopped from playing cricket because of their financial situation. We also want to work with more schools and get more young people into the sport.
“Getting the grant from a national organisation is a vote of confidence in the club and the work we have done.”
Money will be spent on improving facilities at the clubhouse including the kitchen and the shower rooms.
The club was originally founded in 1881 and its first few matches were played at the bottom of Harrow on the Hill.
The club then moved to their current home at the Old Millhillians Ground in Headstone Lane in 2009 after playing at a number of locations in the borough.
Earlier this week the Harrow St Mary's Under-15s were crowned ECB national club champions after defeating High Wycombe at Shrewsbury School by six wickets.
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