The City Council are working with the Cricket Derbyshire Steering Group to promote cricket in the City.
Following negotiations, the Council has confirmed all current cricket pitches will be maintained for the 2013 season and discussions will continue with cricket representatives about how to ensure cricket provision is sustained in the future.
Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “I am delighted that we have been able to find a way to maintain cricket provision across the City and I look forward to working with representatives and cricket clubs to create a strong future for the sport in the City.”
In order to cover the costs of sustaining cricket ground maintenance in 2013, the fees for cricket pitch hire will increase. However these represent only small increases per player per game and will ensure all current provision is maintained.
The fee increases have been agreed in consultation with Cricket Derbyshire for the 2013 season. Further consultation with cricket representatives will also take place during the forthcoming season on the usage patterns of grounds, future sustainability and the opportunity for investment in the future.
Ryan Duckett, Director of Partnerships at Cricket Derbyshire said: “Having spoken to Council Executive’s, Members and club representatives, we understand the need to increase fees for the forthcoming season.
“We are pleased to be working closely with the City Council to build a sustainable model for Club Cricket in the City and are confident new Cricket Derbyshire initiatives will have a positive impact on the number of people participating in the sport over the next few years.”
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