13/04/17: £1,500 awarded to promising young cricketers

Three promising young cricketers, who will soon play for the Norfolk under 11s team, have each been awarded a £500 'Gifted and Talented' grant by Breckland Council. 

All three young people play for Bradenham Cricket Club and their grant applications were supported by Norfolk Cricket Board coaches Neil Taylor and Steve Goldsmith.

Eleven year old Harvey Moody from Carbrooke hopes to play for England one day. He opened the batting for the Norfolk U10s  side last year and is described by coach Neil Taylor as 'a very talented and conscientious cricketer' and 'a very useful off-spin bowler'. 

Cllrs Theresa Hewett and John Rogers, Breckland Council members for the Saham Toney ward said: "As Harvey's school does not offer cricket, this grant will help pay for private coaching to help him develop his natural ability. He is clearly a committed and talented player who deserves our support."

Campbell Tillcock, 10 years, lives in Dereham. Coach Steve Goldsmith praised his 'excellent technical skills' and 'thirst for improvement in all areas of his game'.

Cllr Linda Alison Webb, Breckland Council ward member for Dereham Neatherd said: "Our congratulations to Campbell on his selection for the Norfolk Under 11s team. As a left-arm bowler, with a superb work ethic, I'm sure he will be a real asset to the team."

The third grant was awarded to Scarning resident Ciaran Lake, 11 years. Mr Taylor identified his 'excellent hand to eye co-ordination' and praised his valuable ability to keep calm under pressure.

Cllrs Lynda Turner and Paul Hewett, Breckland Council members for the Shipdham and Scarning ward said: "It's fantastic to see so many Breckland youngsters selected for the county team this year. The coaches have recognised Ciaran as a very talented and conscientious cricketer, and we are delighted that Breckland is able to offer him this support."

The grants will help cover costs associated with the sport such as training, equipment, match fees and travel.

Breckland Council offers a range of grant schemes that support both individuals and community projects. For more information, contact the Norfolk Community Foundation on Tel 01603 623958, or email grants@norfolkfoundation.com.