This initiative kick starts our attempt to raise the funds to build permanent nets, we do not anticipate raising the full amount through this initiative, but all funds will be ringfenced and added to with other fundraising throughout the season.
We aim to raise the funds to have installed a two lane all weather practice facility. Meaning more children can practice in a safe environment allowing additional activities to take place on the ground at the same time and increasing participation in sport
(Remember - All money pledged will be ring fenced so we can ensure it goes toward the nets as further fundraising is undertaken through the season... That's if we don't raise our total!)
About the project
We are a club on the up, as I type the 2nd XI are on the verge of promotion in the PS Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League while the under 15's this year won the league championship. The club are looking to improve their facilities with the install of a two lane permanent net facility. To do this we need to raise £25,000 to cover the purchase, required building work, drainage etc. (We have set our initial target lower to encourage donations!)
Once in situ these nets will make a massive difference, our current all weather strip is dangerous, curling at the edges and continally "mossing up" making it horrendously slippy and unusable. A two lane facility will allow us to use our bowling machine, have more batsmen in the practice area at once, provide a safe environmet for our coaches to work with junior players in a safe environment and allow coaching to take place while a game continues on the main ground. (our current practice strip is no longer fit for purpose, and is on the edge of the square - preventing use whilst a game is ongoing).
As a relatively small "village" cricket side, our number one priority is to play cricket and encourage others to play cricket, especially local juniors, giving them facilities to be proud of within their local community. This facility would allow us to improve our coaching provision immensely.
The money raised will also cover the removal and making safe of the exisiting all weather strip from the edge of our square, which is currently somewhat unsafe and a hazard when playing and practicing.
We have a range of donation options, with rewards which you are more than welcome to take advantage of and promote how you wish.
Please give generously and help our club and community continue to thrive.