Stayley Cricket Club got some good news last week, when they were told that their application for money from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund had been successful.
The club are set to receive £50,000 to rebuild their changing rooms which were damaged in an arson attack in 2005.
Since then the club has had to rely on the use of a portable cabin to play their games, something the local cricket league only tolerated because of the special circumstances.
If their bid was unsuccessful they faced a realistic prospect of being banned from taking part in league games, which would have been a real blow to everyone involved.
The Inspired Facilities programme is linked to funding that is intended to ensure the 2012 Olympic Games left a lasting legacy of sporting investment throughout the country, something that Stalybridge will now be able to proudly display for years to come.