The Olympics will leave a legacy in Chorley after the town’s cricket club secured £50,000 funding to upgrade its pavilion Officials at Chorley Cricket Club were advised this week that their application under Sport England’s ‘Places People Play’ legacy programme for money to upgrade its pavilion had succeeded.

To mark announcement, club members, 93-year-old Albert Mockett and John Mawdesley, who built the original pavilion back in early 1970s, returned to Windsor Park.

Chairman Peter Mockett said the news was just reward for the efforts of those behind the project.

“We are delighted to have secured this investment and thanks should go to the committee members who worked on the bid, in particular David Tootell who headed the project,” he said.

“It means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our cricket coaches. It gives encouragement to our volunteers and supporters and apart from the obvious benefits to our club, will enable wider use by schools and the local council in their efforts to increase junior sporting activity as a legacy of London 2012.”

The finance, which comes from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, will be used for a substantial rebuilding of the pavilion and changing facilities at the Northern Premier League club, and the new structure will carry the London 2012 Inspire Mark to celebrate the link to the Games.

The work includes separate changing and shower facilities for juniors and females.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle was one of many to express his delight at the news.

“Sports clubs like Chorley CC are a vital part of our community but I know sources of funding are difficult to come by, so I'm delighted Chorley's historic cricket club has been awarded this much needed funding from Sport England.”