Flexible facilities the answer for the Balaklava Buffaloes
The Lower North Cricket Club is an increasingly popular place to be – thanks in part to its members’ creativity.
To play at their best, members obviously needed to train – including (in wet weather and during winter) indoors. But how to maximise your indoor training options – including having different groups doing different drills at the same time – when you had limited space??
The solution turned out to be simple: new, retractable nets.
They work pretty much like curtains on rails do – some can be drawn across and some drawn back, so the inside playing area can be divided up and used for multiple purposes simultaneously.
The Office for Recreation and Sport contributed $16,000 to the project under Round 41 of the Active Club Program.
Part of the grant also helped pay for new netting in front of the club’s bowling machine (handy protection for the person feeding the machine!).
There was even a bit of money left over to help build a new mini-grandstand and BBQ/bar area. The resulting increased patronage has brought in more revenue, allowing the club to pay for professional coaching for its under-16 players.
Best of all, the indoor upgrade has led to the establishment of an indoor cricket competition – handy pre-season training, and just plain good fun!
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