Over Cricket Force weekend, some 70-80 volunteers from the ECB, Surrey CCC and Byfleet CC completed a series of projects to prepare the ground for the 2019 season including finishing touches to the new Clubhouse, which was officially opened in the evening by local resident Jade Dernbach (Surrey and England).
During the day Jason Roy (Surrey and England) and Tom Harrison (ECB Chief Executive) attended to offer their support to the Club.
In the evening over 100 members and former members, local councillors, representatives from Surrey CCC, the Surrey Championship, other local Clubs, Surrey County Council, the Resident’s Association, Fullers Brewery and Fullers Surrey County League attended the formal opening. Club Members raised over £90,000 to refurbish, renovate and re-design the original Clubhouse built in 1980. Together with a grant of £10,000 from the Surrey Cricket Foundation, they constructed a new scorebox and storage area, installed 2 new, larger changing rooms, new umpires room, new flooring, ceiling, heating, plumbing, insulation, drainage, toilets and electrics to the highest environmental standards, modernised and extended the kitchen and bar, created a larger Club room, installed an A/V system, provided wheel-chair accessible and baby-changing facilities and commissioned a CCTV security system.
These improvements have created an attractive and vastly improved community asset, available to local organisations, which enable the Club to offer enhanced facilities and opportunities for local children and residents to participate in the cricket community.
Bernie Dodwell, Club President, commented “The whole day was an outstanding success, extremely well supported and massively exceeded our expectations. We now have a facility which will serve the Club well for the next 30-40 years. The support of the Surrey Cricket Foundation, the ECB and local community has been immense throughout this project and shows that cricket in Surrey is thriving. Byfleet CC is indebted to Andy Savage, Club Secretary, for his commitment, drive and determination to make all this happen and to Club member Pete Horobin and his team for undertaking the refurbishment to an extremely high standard”.