worcestershire supporters’ association chairman andrew jenkins has thanked its members for their support in helping to fund more than £130,000 of projects at New Road during the past two years.
the association has aided to finance the new chestnut marquee, the association club shop, a new kitchen under the ladies pavilion, the new nets system used by the players, an artificial wicket on the main playing area and a tractor and three mowers for the groundstaff in that period.
jenkins said to assist paying for these projects would not have been possible without the monies raised from the fifty-fifty competition, association lunches and raffles and membership fees.
he said: “we are always wanting to help the cricket club, which we all love, in anyway possible by funding projects, big or small.
“in days gone by, the association actually purchased the ground for the cricket club and today the determination and willingness to help is as great as ever amongst the current committee.
“the new marquee, the club shop and the new nets system alone cost approximately £100,000 in total and then there are other projects we are always looking to help with.
“but none of these would have been possible without the support of our association members whether it be through participating in the fifty-fifty competition or purchasing a raffle ticket or attending a function.
“every penny helps and we are thankful for everyone who has lent their support.
“the reason we like to publicise anything we assist with is not for our sake but so that the members who in effect have paid for it know where their money is going.”
worcestershire ccc chairman fanos hira said: “the supporters association have done a wonderful job for worcestershire county cricket club over many years and funded countless projects since they were formed in 1951.
“we should also not lose sight of the countless hours committee members, like dave kennedy, andrew jenkins and richard stone, put in for voluntarily running the club shop day after day.
“their efforts are never taken for granted – the club is very grateful for their tireless efforts.”
meanwhile, the club shop has been removed from New Road for the winter.
it cost £4,000 for it to be refitted after being engulfed during the june flood at the county’s headquarters.