Friday, 04 September 2015

England cricket legend opens 'wonderful' sports hall in Barrow

FORMER England captain Mike Gatting has officially opened a new sports venue in Cumbria today, describing it as a fantastic community facility.

The 56-year-old opened the impressive new Match Box sports hall at Furness College, which has been backed by the England Cricket Board and Cumbria Cricket Ltd.

The hall features specialist cameras for video analysis, nets, cushioned flooring, a spectator viewing gallery and scoreboard.

Mr Gatting told the Evening Mail: "This is a wonderful sports hall where lots of sports are going to be played. And for me to play any sport is an important thing for children.

"It makes them rounded individuals, it helps them when they play in teams, it helps them learn to work with other people. And just in general it helps them get rid of that testosterone that teachers need to get rid of from the classroom.

"When kids play sport they seem to be in a better place, they’ve had a good time, they’ve enjoyed themselves and then they are ready to learn. It really is so important and to have a facility like this here in Barrow at Furness College. It is going to be so good for the area."

Gatting is succeeding former Sussex batsman Mike Griffith in the MCC role for a 12-month term, which will focus on the redevelopment of Lord’s in the ground’s 200th year.

During his playing days Gatting also captained Middlesex, tenants of Lord’s in county cricket, who will also celebrate a significant anniversary of their own next year when they will reach 150 years.

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