Hadleigh CC Pavilion Project
Hadleigh Cricket Club is engaged in a project to extend its pavilion, to meet the needs of our rapidly developing club and those of the community of Hadleigh, a thriving market town in south Suffolk.
The planned extension will comprise three new changing rooms, toilets, an improved bar and meeting room area and disabled access. Planning permission was approved for the project by Babergh District Council in October 2014.
Why do we need to do this?
The current pavilion at Hadleigh was opened in 1965. It was extended in 1990 and now, 25 years later, needs to expand further to support the level of cricket activity at the club, to deliver our long term development plan and provide a vital community resource for the town.
In recent years Hadleigh Cricket Club has rapidly grown in membership, especially within our junior section. We now have three girls teams and three boys teams, and a ladies team. We run coaching sessions for children from the age of 8 through to 15 years old.
It is vital that we improve our facilities in order to maintain the existing level of participation and to further develop the club. A third changing room will make a huge difference to the quality of cricket experience we can deliver for our club and community. It will enable girls and boys, women and men to share the pavilion for cricket activity. It would dramatically reduce the child welfare issues that are presented whenever girls and boys use the ground at the same time, and help schools using the ground with mixed gender teams. It will encourage girls to stay in the game after age group cricket, knowing that the club can offer them appropriate facilities.
It will give umpires separate changing facilities, a criteria of the ECB East Anglian Premier League, to which our 1st XI, currently in Division 1 of the Two Counties Championship, have ambitions of reaching within the next three years.
An extension to the current facility will also be of great benefit to the local community of Hadleigh and the surrounding villages. Organisations within the town are desperately short of suitable meeting places. The new building will enable other groups and organisations to use the facility at the same time as cricket activity is taking place – something not possible within the current layout of our pavilion. The enlarged function room could, for example, be used as a meeting venue for other sports, social and recreational clubs, as well as offering enhanced opportunities for community leisure and learning.
For further information on HCC's pavilion extension, please click on the links/documents below.