Terrace Cricket Club is asking the City for support for the cricket pitch as membership grows
Terrace Cricket Club has grown to three teams and is actively seeking City of Terrace support for a dedicated cricket pitch.
Currently, the club uses a parking lot at the Skeena Valley Guru Nanak Brotherhood Society Temple in town for practice and tournaments. The club started with just 16 players three years ago and has since grown to a membership of 50-60 players from a variety of backgrounds including international students, permanent residents and those on work visas.
As each team consists of 15 players, the club’s upcoming tournament will feature four teams. Players bear the cost of their own cricket kit and shirts, but the club are struggling to find a suitable pitch.
Terrace Cricket Club coordinator Sukhjinder Grewal has applied to the Town of Terrace for a plot of land stating the need for a flat concrete oval and circle in the center and grass or concrete around it with an extension of 60 to 65 meters on each side specified.
The club has not received a response to its request from the city.
“We can’t do it all alone,” Grewal said, stressing the need for local government support. He noted that the lack of infrastructure is hampering the club’s ability to host tournaments, but this could change if the city makes land available for a cricket pitch.
Grewal, a former cricketer in India, is passionate about bringing sport to Terrace and fostering community engagement.
Cities like Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary already have cricket fields and Grewal believes setting up a field in Terrace could help bring the community together.
He recognized the challenges faced by newcomers to the city who hold multiple jobs, making it difficult to build that community and undertake projects like this.
The club focuses on motivating its players and promoting healthy competition.
“We’re tough competition,” Grewal said.
While waiting for a correct square, players continue to compete against each other.
The Terrace Cricket Club Facebook page provides more information about the club and its initiatives.
As of now, the club is not open to women.
Viktor Elias joined the Terrace Standard in April 2023.
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