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12 Jul 2021

Sherford hits it out of the ground with plans for new cricket pavilion

Fast becoming one of the region’s most exciting and thriving sports and leisure hubs, new plans have been submitted for Sherford’s first cricket pavilion. Closely following the opening of the town’s playground, skate park and games area, the cricket pavilion is yet a further expansion of Sherford’s community facilities, making it the destination for sports, learning and play. 
The proposed new pavilion will be located near an area known as the ‘Western Pitches’ a space dedicated to a variety of outdoor sports. The area will also include a cricket pitch, full-sized football pitch, and two five-a-side football pitches. With a huge investment being made into the creation of high-quality play facilities, it will be a stone’s throw away from the newly opened playground, skate park and games area – and where tennis courts and a 3G pitch are also set to open soon, followed by the construction of Sherford’s leisure centre.  
The plans for the new cricket pavilion show a facility that will enable sports teams and clubs to prepare, recuperate, and socialise, with the building set to include a club room and treatment room, as well as changing, shower and accessible WC facilities. The building will be able to benefit a host of different sports and social groups, providing a useful new community building for the growing town.  
The state-of-the-art new structure has also been designed to integrate and enhance the surrounding green landscape, with its design drawing inspiration from natural resources and materials. Following approval, construction of the new, one-storey, pavilion could begin as early as this autumn, with completion expected in early 2022. The pitches are already under construction and will open in stages, when each new surface is ready.  
Ian Pugsley, Taylor Wimpey, part of the Sherford Consortium, said: “Cricket is a great community sport, and the pavilion will be an exciting addition to Sherford. With a number of new outdoor facilities now open and with even more planned, the town’s communal spaces are expanding. This area is fast becoming Sherford's 'sports district'; a location dedicated to outdoor sports and play. 
“A massive investment is being made in the creation of these new facilities, which we will hope will help bring people together, while offering sports enthusiasts and families a safe, secure and accessible location to enjoy a variety of different activities. We are committed to providing everything needed for a thriving new community to play, learn and take advantage of the great outdoors.”  

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