The contractor started removing the old “nets” two weeks ago. All groundwork has now been done to realize the new indoor facility in the coming weeks. After a process that had all kinds of hiccups (permits, subsidy applications, insurance, etc.), what has been dreamed of for a while has now been started: the construction of new nets where cricket training can take place in winter! In the summer, two of the four sides can be removed for semi-outdoor training.
Many members have contributed financially to make this possible and a core team consisting of Victor van Koolwijk and Dorith van der Laan have put in countless hours to get everything done, including the selection of suppliers for the groundwork, the tent, the lighting and last-but-not-least the surface. Because the surface has to be very good, so that cricket can be played optimally. We will build four nets, the leftmost (from the clubhouse) of 35 meters long, the other two will be 50 meters long (and can still be cut in half, so that during youth training sessions one can train in 5 nets).
The intention is that each VCC team will have their own slot for training this winter, and we will also try to rent out hours so that we can also earn a little money with it.
Although this is the most eye-catching project on our ground, there is another upgrade to take place: five of the seven grass wickets will be converted into hybrid pitches. This is done by a Dutch company that stitches an artificial grassfibre into the ground every two centimeters. That does not change the quality of play, nor the manner of maintenance, but it does mean that we can play much more and more often on the grass wicket and of course we want to make it possible for all teams to play as much as possible on the grass wicket!
For both projects there has been and is a lot of collaboration in various areas with the municipalities of The Hague and Leidschendam-Voorburg, for which VCC is very grateful.
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