Club bowled by donation
14 April 2021
A 131-year-old cricket club, which has faced financial strain during the pandemic, has been bowled over by a £1,000 donation from Persimmon South Coast.
Weymouth Cricket Club, based at Redlands Community Sports Hub, fields two men’s teams, a midweek evening league side and a growing youth section.
The Community Champions funding from Persimmon will be used to support the running costs of the club and Persimmon’s logo will adorn the club’s new polo shirts, which the players will wear before and after matches in County Division One.
Chairman Simon Browne said: “It’s fantastic. We had a conversation not so long ago about trying to generate funds, then Covid hit and life became very difficult.”
“For Persimmon to come on board and supply money to us has been brilliant. We’re grateful for their support and maybe it won’t just be a one-off thing. It’ll help the club continue to grow.”
Persimmon Homes managing director Matt Paine added: “Local sports clubs are a vital part of the communities in which we build, so we are proud to assist such a long-established and well-respected organisation as Weymouth Cricket Club.
“Our Community Champions scheme was set up to support the grassroots teams, small charities, schools and voluntary groups across our region, providing two donations of up to £1,000 every month. Any local organisation in need of funding can apply through a simple online form on the Persimmon Homes website.”
For more information on Persimmon’s Community Champions programme, visit: https://www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions
PICTURED: (from left) Persimmon Homes construction director Paul Coombes, Weymouth CC treasurer Tom Reed and chairman Simon Browne.