Armley: New artificial cricket pitch is welcomed


Howzat! Keen cricketers in Armley have enjoyed a magical summer following the introduction of a new non-turf pitch in Armley Park.

Funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as part of their South Asian Communities Project, the near £50k initiative also saw new pitches installed in Cross Flatts Park, Harehills Park, along with two strips at Roundhay Park.

The arrival of the non-turf pitches replaced those already available at Roundhay Park and Armley Park. As part of the project, all of the pitches are on offer to the public on a strictly first come, first serve basis. No pre-booking of the pitches is available.

Kirkstall councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and sustainability, said:

“This is a fantastic and free opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to emulate their heroes and have fun playing the game for seasons to come.”

Bruce Cruse, ECB national funding and facilities manager, said:

“Projects like this are a key part of our plans to grow the game, get a bat and ball in more hands and ensure that cricket is a sport that is accessible for everyone.”

The full total of the £49,830 project has been provided by the ECB as part of their South Asian Communities Project.






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