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New cricket pitches for Cardiff parks

If you've been inspired by the summer's Ashes series and want to give cricket a try - or just rediscover your love of our national summer sport - Cardiff Council has some exciting news for you.

The council has supported the installation of five new all-weather community pitches across the city, including Heath Park, with more planned over the next two years.

At the official launch in Llandaff Fields, stars from the Welsh Fire team, which plays in 'The Hundred' competition, were on hand to help people get to grips with the game and prove cricket is for everyone.

Alex Hartley, part of the England side that won the 2017 World Cup and now starring for Welsh Fire, said: "This is such an exciting time for grassroots cricket across Cardiff. Having top-class facilities like this can really motivate more people to give cricket a try and get active in the process."

The initiative is part of KP Snacks' ‘Everyone In' campaign which aims to champion balanced lifestyles through inspiring and enabling more people to get active and involved with cricket.

In addition to the Llandaff Fields development, it has funded four other new or refurbished pitches across Cardiff which will be maintained and run by Cardiff Council:

  1. Blackweir Fields, off North Road

  2. Pontcanna Fields

  3. Sevenoaks Park in Grangetown, and

  4. Heath Park/Cathays High School

Sites have been chosen to make them accessible to the maximum number of people and to bring cricket to people who may not have previously had access, or whose facilities had degenerated over time. More will be installed over the next two years in collaboration with the England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket Wales and Cardiff Council.

Jennifer Burke, Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Sports, said: "Taking part in sport brings so many benefits for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, and the investment in these new non-turf pitches will help us to get even more people playing cricket in Cardiff's parks, even when the weather's not playing ball."

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