The NW Senior Cup may have been the centre of attention this past weekend but for Ardmore Cricket Club and the surrounding area, events at the Bleachgreen this Wednesday are of just as much relevance.

In terms of development there are few who have put more effort into working with the next generation than Ardmore.

Up to 8 local school teams -150 children- will gather at the Green on Wednesday for the annual "Blitz", however this year brings a real twist as the club unveils its new "Juniors" pitch.

It is the culmination of years of planning and work and is a shining example of what is achieveable, even in the North West.

Fittingly, the ground will be named after a man who devoted a lifetime of service to the club, Bobby Brolly.

Speaking this weekend, secretary George Brolly (jnr) said that the club was thrilled to have seen the project through and that Ardmore now had the potential to cater for cricket at every level.

"We believe this to be the only purpose built junior's pitch (U13 & U11) in Ireland", he began.

"The idea for it was conceived three years ago when the club identified a piece of 'waste land' within our demise.

"We feel that in order for a cricket club to be sustainable, the underage players must be treated as importantly as the senior players. Instead of postponing underage games due to re-arranged adult fixtures, as is the case across the Union at present, we felt that transforming this piece of waste ground into a new pitch would be ideal to cater for youth cricket for both boys and girls.

"As part of our club development plan we realised that we had to look at our underage coaching and development structures more closely and providing a purpose built facility would help us to greatly improve this section of our club.

"We are now at the end of a long process that included ploughing up the area of waste ground, leveling the ground, installing drainage and sewing out a new outfield and square.

"We have also now provided an artificial pitch and ball catch netting as well as a timber fence. We are very close to acquiring sight screens as well.

"Ardmore CC are indebted to, amongst others, Michael Dalton and Conor Coyle for not just the funding, but also the time and effort they have put in to helping us realise our ambitions.

"We were also able to secure partial funding for the artificial pitch from the Community Fund through the Slievekirk Windfarm and would like to thank Anne Reynolds in particular for her help with this.

"Part-funding for the ball catch netting has come from the Community Fund and to them and indeed all our backers we want to say a huge thank you.

"The new junior's pitch marks a new chapter in the long rich history of Ardmore CC as the club aims to strive to have the best facilities that it can to enable it to deliver cricket to the wider rural community of Co.Derry.

"Underage practice continues at the field every Friday from 6pm to 7pm and we encourage any budding young cricketers to attend. You won't be disappointed."