By Joe Hewlett
Horsforth Cricket Club is looking forward to the new season as the Yorkshire-based side reflects on the extensive investment that has gone into revamping the club.
Club secretary Michael Lambert spoke exclusively to Yorkshire Voice to reveal their financial position.
He said: “I’m not sure on the exact cost of the club. The clubhouse is now known as the Horsforth Community Sports Association with Horsforth CC and Horsforth St Margaret’s having merged. Horsforth Harriers also use the facility. There was funding made available from the FA, ECB and sport England as well as significant fundraising effort from members.
“The running costs of the clubhouse are now taken over by the sports association. However, we have lost the intake of the bar but we have covered those losses by fundraising through raffles, bag packing and social evenings.”
With the season beginning in just a matter of months, Horsforth CC will begin their pre-season training this month.
The club has been in transition over the winter period, with new arrivals replacing key players who left at the end of the season.
“We’ve had a good winter. We’ve lost three players but have managed to bring in four very exciting players to replace them. We will begin our pre-season in February at Woodhouse Grove School.
“We have several players who represent league teams, district teams and one player who represented the north of England,” Lambert added.
Horsforth will begin another season in Division One as they attempt to add more silverware to the mantel piece.