A Bury sports club has received a grant of almost £50,000 to renovate their usable sporting areas.

Walshaw Sports Club received a grant of £49,720 which is expected to be used to build a brand-new cricket practice area and improve their football section.

Cricket chairman, Mike Mills, said: “A lot of work went into the grant request, and the club were really pleased with the success of gaining their grant via Viridor Credits.

“It will not only be a huge benefit to both sports sections, but as we pride ourselves on being a community hub, it will provide use from within the community via bookable 5-a-side football, and, cricket nets.”

The grant will be spent on a two-lane, 43-metre cricket practice area with a fully enclosed, fenced structure and lockable gate.

In addition to this,  the football section will also receive new 8x4 ‘kick boards’ all around the 5-a-side football pitch with new, increased height netting around the whole facility.

Following their recent grant submission via Viridor Credits, Mike thanked those who helped along the way.

He said: “Big thanks go to Mr Faulkner from Tottington High School and Cllr Luis McBriar for their letters of support in the grant submission which again, show our links within the local community.

“Cllr McBriar has also donated a new junior bowling machine which will be well used by the thriving junior cricket section at the club”.

Work is due to begin on the two projects from the end of September this year.