Leisure Centre bowled over by club’s generosity

Long Stratton Leisure Centre was bowled over by Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club’s generosity this week, when they donated a huge amount of second-hand kit to charity.

South Norfolk Council have installed kit collection hubs at all three of its leisure centres to support the youth cricket and disability sports charity Lord’s Taverners.

The Council is collecting cricket, rugby and football equipment, tennis balls, cones, bibs, general sports clothing and boots on behalf of the charity, which is dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people the chance to play sport.

Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club were the first to donate to the Council’s kit hub. The Club’s welfare Officer Jane Morton arrived with 10 sets of pads, two big bags of bats and a huge bag of cricket shoes, gloves, hats and more.

She said: “These things were just lying around the Club and no longer being used, so the obvious thing to do was to donate them to this wonderful charity. It’s great to know that they will be used again to help young people play sport.”

South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader Michael Edney said:

“We are really pleased to be able to support such an excellent charity and are grateful for Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club’s kind donation. If you or a club you are in has any kit you no longer use, then please donate it to this great cause.”

In 2017 alone, the Lord's Taverners donated over 4,100 items of cricket kit to 14 countries including Cameroon, Gambia, Rwanda, Serbia and Malawi.

Donations can be made at Long Stratton, Wymondham and Diss Leisure Centres.

For more information on what the charity can accept see www.lordstaverners.org/sportskitrecycling