Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000

Description

Ushaw Moor is a former pit village situated on the west side of Durham.

1858 Ushaw Moor Coal mine opened, however a little more than a hundred years later (1960) the Colliery closed as the industry economically collapsed.

Unfortunately, we now live in challenging times and like all small villages, amenities close as public sector financial cuts take hold. 2015 indices of deprivation highlights Ushaw Moor as a village with worsening level of relative income deprivation.

Established by the colliery, the Recreation Ground has been home to the Cricket Club since 1881; hundred and thirty six years later it remains central to the village sporting and social engagement, with a cricket pitch, football pitch and a 400 member social club.

Back in 2012 The Council recognised the sports pitches poor drainage and commissioned a report that concluded the need to install a new drainage system, levelling of surface areas and improved maintenance programme to increase user time and minimise cancellation of fixtures through poor ground conditions.

No action on the report was taken.

Not prepared to see any further erosion of village amenities, the Cricket Club Committee entered into Asset Transfer discussions with Durham County Council; successfully concluded in late 2016.

The Committee have adopted a “we can do it” attitude to restore the playing pitches and facilities and make The Recreation Ground “the best it can be” have preserved the recreational space and social hub for the community for the next 30 years, and beyond.

In preserving the space and to increase the participation opportunity the Cricket Club firstly has to overcome the major drainage concerns of the sport field (“the football pitches and cricket field”) and to improve the surface levels on the east side of the ground to allow for training space to be accommodated.

Presently, the club supports two senior cricket teams (1st & 2nd XI) playing local league, whilst the U13-15 & U18’s junior teams play in age related district and county competitions.

With the support of Durham County Cricket, primary school age boys and girls have been encouraged to get involved with the basics of the game. With game development the boys and girls join the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 teams to play local league cricket coached by Grandparents, parent helpers and senior players.

Additionally, UMCC has one senior football team playing in the district Sunday League. The club has welcomed the introduction of mini and youth football to the Recreation Ground on a Saturday and Sunday; 40 boys and girls are now enjoying Under 11’s and Under 18’s football in Ushaw Moor, during the winter months, subject to ground conditions!.

Once an appropriate drainage system is in place, the committee will be able to increase the number of users hours with more game and training time. The improvements to drainage will mean less training nights and matches being cancelled and can keep the children engaged with the sport.

The membership recognises the need to support a broader community and foster the good will and energy of the youth to make sure that the legacy, that started with the pit owners in 1881, continues to give the Ushaw Moor community a healthy cricket team and football team that enjoys the social atmosphere and plays in an setting that is “the best it can be!”.

Ushaw Moor Cricket Club

Moment of Pride

Taking on the spirit of the pit owners, the Committee have adopted a “we can do it” attitude to restore the playing pitches and facilities and make The Recreation Ground “the best it can be”

Location: Ushaw Moor