A CRICKET club is hoping to redevelop its run-down pavilion, which officials believe could provide the springboard to securing future players.
Llay Welfare Cricket Club, which plays in the North Wales Cricket League, has 15 junior players currently representing North East Wales.
But members fear they will lose their stars of the future if essential maintainance is not conducted at their ground.
The pavilion – built in the 1920s – is in desperate need of refurbishment, but club chairman John Lloyd said the club struggles to pay for day-to-day costs without focusing on the redevelopment.
“It’s a very impressive but old building desperately in need of a revamp,” he said.
“The Welfare Institute have to work constantly to maintain the main building so it is difficult to upkeep the pavilion too. The changing facilities need addressing and we would love to be able to provide our children and parents with fully functional kitchen facilities.”
Grants are hard to come by at the moment, but the club has been working closely with AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) in the hope we will find support.
In addition to the issues with the pavilion, the club is also appealing to local businesses who may be able to help with the funding of new net facilities at the ground for its junior teams.
Currently the club only has one outdoor net. This makes training nights difficult during the summer and forces players to train on the first-team wicket, sometimes only 24 hours prior to league fixtures.
The club hopes to raise enough money to install high-quality net facilities at the side of their pitch.
“Our youth set-up has blossomed into three decent teams at under-nines, 11s and 13s,” Mr Lloyd said.
“We have an excellent 15 players playing at a North East Wales representative level and two players in the Wales under-12s squad.
“The problem the club has is we do not have the training facilities to help take our club to the next level or fully cope with the popular demand, so any support from businesses through sponsorship would be welcomed.”
The latest fundraising effort is a sporting auction at Llay Miners Welfare on Friday, March 14 at 8pm. The club has a range of items on offer, including tickets for Glamorgan matches, a signed England football shirt, a Cadbury’s hamper and around 50 other lots.
Any profits on the night will be shared equally with the Welsh Cricket Association.
Anyone wishing to contact Llay Welfare CC should call John Lloyd on 07736072474.