Press release
Community Cricket Club Installs All Weather Nets

Players, members and supporters of Whitefield-based Stand Cricket Club are celebrating the chance to enjoy the sport all year round, thanks to a substantial grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company.

The funding, worth £35k, has allowed the installation of all-weather training nets at the ground, which is run entirely by volunteers, with very limited funding. The new addition will make a huge difference to players of all ages. Stuart Catterall, the Cricket Chairman said,

“The new training facilities have been a great success with players of all ages. Players can get so much more out of practice sessions with the dual lane netting facility and it is much safer with the all-weather non-slip surface. We wanted to improve the sustainability and standard of the club by retaining our players and we are now in a much better position to achieve that goal.”

How will this have an impact on the local community / local area?

“We are really passionate about the positive impact playing cricket has on our younger members. It helps them to improve their coordination skills and develop social skills as they learn to play as part of a team. The new nets will hopefully encourage junior members to come down with their friends and use the club’s facilities at the weekend.

By developing our existing facilities and improving access to cricket for all ages, we can not only benefit our members, but the community as a whole.”

Stand Cricket Club has a long and successful history, first established in 1853. It currently runs three senior teams and four junior teams (U11s, U13s, U14s and U17s).

The new nets were unveiled at the recent end of season junior day and have already had a great response from players aged 8 to 80.

Editor’s notes:

Viridor Credits Environmental Company seeks applications from not-for-profit groups and organisations and community groups. Applications can be made for projects that fall into one of three categories (below), provided that the project is located within 10 miles of an active Viridor landfill site or Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). They are: • Provision or improvement of a public amenity;  • The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through: o the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat, or o the maintenance or recovery of a species or its habitat on land or water • Restoration or renovation of buildings of historical or architectural importance or those used for religious worship.

Viridor Credits is looking for further projects to fund located within 10 miles of active Viridormanaged landfill sites or ERFs. Applicants can visit, call 01823 476476, or email

Viridor Credits Environmental Company is an environmental body and independent charity.

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund  The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs).  EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.