There was more good news for local cricket with the awarding of further grants to Bready and Newbuildings by Sport NI.

Bready will receive £17 290 for their "Bounce Back Bready" Community Programme, while Newbuildings will get £17 000 for "Our healthy village project".

"The past 12 months has been tough for the entire community," said Bready spokesperson Trevor Hamilton (pictured with his daughter).

"The Sport NI - Team Up grant will see the club work with Magheramason Community Development Association, Bready Jubilee Primary School and City of Derry Young Farmers Club to provide the ‘Bready Bounce Back’ programme, which aimed at getting all members of the community back involved in programmes and working together.

"We’re delighted to be working with the named groups from within our community and are looking forward to the year ahead," added Hamilton.

Newbuildings Chairman Raymond Mitchell outlined the details of their successful project, which will see the progressive club very much at the epicentre of community life.

"We are naturally delighted for our cricket club and community to receive this funding," said Mitchell (pictured below on right at the official opening of the ground).

"Although it’s been a tough year with the Covid-19 pandemic we have never once sat back waiting for it to go away. Now as we reach what we hope is the beginning of a long year we have plans in place for our cricket and community to participate in a busy schedule throughout the summer.

"We will be running numerous coaching programmes for our youth and community, plus a summer scheme for our children. After a week of child and parent registration at all ages we were overwhelmed at the numbers that want to participate in cricket, which is incredibly encouraging.

"We are in process of developing an agenda throughout the summer to make it a busy time for everyone involved.

"There are exciting times ahead and I can only thank everyone who have worked so hard to make this happen especially after so trying a year. With the continued development of our cricket ground we want the youth and the community to now enjoy the facilities at our ground.

"In this our 10th anniversary since the formation of the club it all looks promising for the future."

There was also successful funding for three NCU clubs, with North Down awarded £12 150, Drumaness Super Kings £17 092, and Lurgan Rugby and Cricket Club £22 460.