Cash stumped up for Westquarter Cricket Club’s future

Stephen and Helen Sutton with daughter Fiona at the Baileyfields club in Brightons. Picture: Michael Gillen
Stephen and Helen Sutton with daughter Fiona at the Baileyfields club in Brightons. Picture: Michael Gillen
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A pioneering cricket club has stumped up the cash to secure a sound financial future and picked up an award for its foresight.

Cricket Scotland was bowled over by Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club’s providence and voted the club with the ‘Biggest Change-maker’ at its annual Last Man Stands Club Awards.

Committee members Helen and Stephen Sutton and George McLaughlin were praised for transforming the future of their beloved club, which is sited on old farmland in Brightons, into a model for other Scottish clubs to follow.

The committee invested money into turning an old farmhouse on the land into a children’s nursery which will provide an income for the next 25 years in partnership with Glenbervie Kindergarden which also invested in the project and has the lease.

The 107-year-old club, which plays in the Saturday East Division 2 league, also rents space to an archery club and is looking to become a community interest company to offer more services to the local community.

Secretary Stephen Sutton, an all-rounder who played for over 30 years, said: “Everyone here at the club is a volunteer and has played their part in guaranteeing income for 25 years.

“We did a lot of the manual labour ourselves from stripping plaster off the walls and lifting floorboards. We are now looking at ways to become a club for the community.”

Cricket Scotland’s Ian Sandbrook said: “This is a phenomenal achievement that safeguards the long-term future of the club, which is going down the road we would like more clubs to follow.”