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ECB offers funding support for Darlington school sports hall
2:12pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A DARLINGTON school won a funding boost for its new sports hall thanks to a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Longfield Academy of Sport officially opened its new multi-use sports hall with a ceremony at an open day, which will provide facilities for pupils and local sports groups.
Part of the funding towards the £2.1m sports hall came from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), supported by Sport England, which made a grant award of £150,000.
The school was identified by the ECB as an academy that offered potential for the development of cricket in the Darlington area.
Headteacher Susan Johnson said: “We were delighted when the ECB made the grant award towards the cost of the sports hall and the partnership arrangement with the ECB and the Durham County Cricket Board has been excellent.
“We are looking forward to working very closely with our partner club, Haughton Cricket Club and also other local clubs within the whole North East area.”
Graeme Weeks, cricket director for Durham County Cricket Board, said: “Longfield Academy is based in an area that had been identified as requiring a four lane indoor cricket facility.
“Early on in our discussions with Longfield it became apparent how passionate and committed they were to genuinely wanting to provide a quality sports provision for their students and their local community.
“The new sports hall is of exceptional quality and I’m sure will be a fantastic draw for our local clubs.”
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