The Cricket World Cup is not just bringing the best players and cricketing nations to England and Wales later this year, but it is having a positive impact on cricket here on the Isle of Wight.

7 Island clubs have each successfully secured a £1,000 grant from the World Cup Club Fund. The funding criteria stated that the Cup Club Fund is to be used to improve social space/provision or digitise club houses ready for clubs to host World Cup Festivals this summer.

The grants will be used to purchase over £10,500 of goods, such as BBQs, Chairs, Tables and TVs, till systems and in some cases installing or upgrading internet access in pavilions.

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In addition, over 130 school children from 6 Isle of Wight schools attend World Cup games for free thanks to a ticket giveaway by the World Cup organisers through the Chance to Shine Programme.

The Isle of Wight Cricket Board is also running a competition through its All Stars Cricket programme to win 15 pairs of tickets (1 Adult and 1 Child) for the India v Afghanistan game on the 22nd June. Any 5 to 8-year-olds registered for an Island All Stars Centre before the 29th March will be entered into a draw to win one of the pairs of tickets. They will also get a money-cant-buy opportunity to be one of the Anthem Mascots at the start of the game.

Other benefits will see some primary school competitions re-banded with World Cup branding and we can’t forget that the Isle of Wight will see 1st class cricket come back to the Island for the first time in nearly 60 years. On the 20th May Hampshire will take on Nottinghamshire in a Specsavers County Championship fixture at Newclose due to the World Cup games being played at the Ageas Bowl.

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