New Brighton club’s hi-tech new facility will benefit many
Jendamark United Cricket Club, with the financial assistance of the Mandela Bay Development Agency and Cricket SA, opened a new outdoor hi-tech cricket facility at the New Brighton Oval this week.
The facility is the first of its kind in a Port Elizabeth township and wasmade possible with sponsorships from CSA and the MBDA.
“The newly refurbished nets cost over R200 000 and the contributions came from CSA [R60 000] and MBDA [R145 000],” United Cricket Club president Gerald Majola said.
“The structure and some of the equipment we’re going to use there will be sponsored by CSA.”
The facility features new netting surrounds, as opposed to the previous use of fencing.
The pitch is also now covered with a synthetic turf as opposed to the cement that was left exposed, resulting in ball damage and player injury.
“This facility will be able to withstand any kind of weather and the synthetic pitch will be ready for use at any time,”Majola said.
The new facility will not only be utilised by United Cricket Club, but will also be available for use to their development hub, which focuses on giving back to the community.
United Cricket Club aims to host all the cricket development projects in the surrounding areas, which will include the neighbouring schools.
“We had a coaching clinic two weeks ago , that was attended by 18 schools utilising the facility. “We also use players and staff f ro m our clubs to coach schools and in the area, hence there was so much support from the metro [MBDA],” Majola said.
The metro has also shown its support for the new facility by spon – soring 24-hour security at the venue to further combat chances of theft or damage.
CSA has committed to the introduction of the cricket nets by signing a continued support deal with the club, supplying the necessary playing equipment annually.
The NMB Premier League fixtures for the weekend are (home teams first, 10am start): Tomorrow: United v Buco Uitenhage Sunday: SA Homeloans Union v Gelvandale; Schauderville v United Brothers; EmediaIT Heatherbank v PECC