Gatting cuts the ribbon as Wellingborough Town unveil extension

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Former England captain Mike Gatting was the man to officially open Wellingborough Town’s pavilion extension.

The club received a grant award of £90,000 from the ECB in partnership with Sport England to extend and up-grade their pavilion.

Former England captain opened the new extension at Wellingborough Town

Former England captain opened the new extension at Wellingborough Town

The total cost was £112,500 and the club also received support from the Empowering Councillors and Community Scheme (£5,000), Wellingborough Council Sports Development (£7,500) and Hatton Park Residents Association (£300).

The award came after the club were considered of strategic importance due to the strength of their junior programme and development of ladies cricket.

Club secretary Wally Armstrong, said: “The club was delighted to be awarded the grant at the end of last year, it gave us a double reason to celebrate in the club’s centenary.

“The club has made good progress and we have achieved ECB Clubmark and Focus Club status.

Former England captain opened the new extension at Wellingborough Town

Former England captain opened the new extension at Wellingborough Town

“We are pleased the ECB has recognised the work we do in the development of the game and we are extremely grateful for their most generous financial support.”

The ECB’s national funding and facilities manager Bruce Cruse added: “Wellingborough Town deserves support because of the strength of the junior development programme and their special efforts to develop women’s and girls’ cricket. Investing in worthy projects such as this allows clubs to make their facilities as welcoming and as accessible as possible to members, players and spectators.”

Former England captain opened the new extension at Wellingborough Town

Former England captain opened the new extension at Wellingborough Town