Funding boost for Durdan's Park

by Jim Dunton Mon 19 August 2013, 11:18 am

Southall's Durdan's Park Cricket Ground has been awarded Sport England funding to help pay for a new pavilion and pitch improvements.

The £150,000 from the body’s Inspired Facilities Fund will be added to already-secured grants for the project from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Ealing Council, and the Ramgarhia Sports and Social Club.

Ramgarhia was selected as the site’s preferred developer in 2011 and has been working with Ealing Council on detailed plans for the scheme since then.

The new pavilion will be a base for Ramgarhia, and also host yoga, martial arts, and aerobics classes, in addition to running educational, cultural and social events.

It will also provide changing facilities for club’s cricket players and other users of the site, including football teams which play at the adjacent King George’s Playing Fields.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said the project would create more opportunities for local people to get involved with sport.

“Cricket is a popular sport in the local area, but sadly the pitch at Durdan's Park has been out of use since 2010,” he said.

“This grant has moved us a step closer to seeing the facilities restored and for cricket to be played onsite once more.”

Work is expected to start at the ground later this year.

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