Hailsham Cricket Club is celebrating after being given the green light to undertake a major refurbishment project at their historic pavilion.
The local sports club applied for planning permission to extend the pavilion on Western Road, which has been in place for more than a century.
Chairman of the club, Trevor Scott, said: “Securing planning permission is the first step on an exciting journey to create a 21st century cricket facility in Hailsham.
“The current pavilion has been there for more than 100 years, and the club wishes to create an improved facility that will leave a legacy for the next 100 years.”
The ambitious project will see the pavilion extend to not only improve changing facilities for cricketers, but also to create a multi-use area on the first floor, available for other community groups or individuals to hire.
Director of cricket, Rob Wilkinson, added: “The cricket club has had a really successful few years by increasing participation numbers, especially the juniors, with more than 100 young people playing cricket every week.
“We now want to offer a facility all of the community can use, whether it be for a children’s party, book clubs, cookery clubs or whatever your passion may be.”
As a result of discussions with Hailsham Town Council, the cricket club has agreed to take on a 50-year lease in order to be able to improve the pavilion.
Having already raised £20,000 towards the cost of this project, the club is now embarking on steps to raise the rest of the money needed. In total, the project will cost around £150,000.
Hailsham Cricket Club boasts four successful teams playing in the Parker Building Supplies Cricket League. In 2013/14, the first XI won Division Three and became Champions of the Intersport Trophy, while the second XI and third XI both secured promotions from their respective divisions. The club also caters for five to 16-year-olds, with more than 100 junior players receiving coaching.
As well as improving the historic pavilion in Western Road, plans are also in place for the club to take on a second ground in Roebuck Park.
The club is appealing for help to raise funds in order to complete the major projects, whether from businesses or individuals in the form of time or money.
If you wish to help, contact Hailsham Cricket Club on 07980 146841 or visit the website at www.justgiving.com/hailshamcricketclub.
For more information on the club and its facilities, visit http://hailsham.play-cricket.com.