Students pitch in to help boost west Leeds cricket club

Brickwork tutor Steve Roberts with students and, far right, Rodley Cricket Club's chairman Steve Bradbury.
Brickwork tutor Steve Roberts with students and, far right, Rodley Cricket Club's chairman Steve Bradbury.
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A cricket club is to have its own clubhouse for the first time thanks to kind-hearted building students and tutors.

Leeds College of Building has teamed up with Rodley Cricket Club to carry out work on the new facility, saving the club thousands of pounds.

Previously players have never had a permanent clubhouse, but thanks to their help a 2,500 sq ft building is being constructed.

Club chairman Steve Bradbury said: “Our amateur club began in 1956 and despite having fantastic grounds we have never had a clubhouse. Over the years players have changed where ever they could, we even had a steel container for two years as a temporary changing area, but it was away from the pitch and really not ideal.

“Recently the club has gone from strength to strength with over 40 senior and 20 junior members and it’s essential that we provide our players and visiting teams with a proper clubhouse.

“The project will deliver home and away changing rooms, an officials’ room, kitchen, bar and social space with terrace overlooking the cricket pitch.

“The development will also ensure that changing facilities will be available whenever there is a fixture clash with Rodley Rockets who share the ground.”

The club had originally approached the college for help with the work and with applying for a loan from the England Cricket Board for the project.

Thanks to the partnership, the board has agreed to provide most of the money as a grant.

College tutor Steve Roberts said: “The project is providing them with invaluable first-hand experience of a live-build and we all feel very proud to be able to help with a local community project like this.”

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