The Griffin: a cricket ground that puts women and girls first
Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports for women and girls. At Dulwich Cricket Club, we've tripled the number of players in our primary school age section just in the course of the 2021 season. We're passionate about the idea that cricket is for everyone -- and our goal is to offer women and girls exactly the same opportunities that we have long provided to men and boys.
What's holding us back isn't demand for cricket -- it's access to pitches and training facilities. Cricket grounds in London are oversubscribed, and often have long-standing arragnements with male cricket. To grow the female game as we want to, we need access to more and better facilities.
That's what this appeal is for.
Dulwich CC is proud to have teamed up with Lambeth Tigers FC to secure a 30-year lease on the Griffin Sports Ground in Dulwich Village, through a new charity, London Youth Sports Trust. The cricket club will be the lead user in the summer, the football club in the winter.
In the summer, the Griffin will be the home ground for Dulwich CC's women and girls teams, who will have priority use of the facilities -- which we will be redeveloping as the best in the area. We think this will make it the first top quality cricket ground in the country to give first use to women's and girls' teams.
What we're raising money for
Now that we've secured the lease for the Griffin, we need to raise the funds we need to get it up and running.
The facilities need considerable improvement and refurbishment -- pitches, nets, drainage, the pavilion, the changing block. We'll also need to kit the Griffin out with roll-out cricket pitches for the juniors.
The new charity needs working capital and reserves.
And as our mission is socially inclusive sport, we want to be able to hire the facilities out at reasonable rates to those who couldn't otherwise afford to play.
Lambeth Tigers have launched this crowdfunder to get us started -- and if we raise £10,000 together, Sport England have agreed to match this with another £10,000.
Please do give generously, and spread the word!