If you've ever played for us, ever played against us, or even just visited and watched a match you'll hopefully know that Bathford Cricket Club is a bit special. We're a genuine community club, we encourage participation by players of all skill levels, and we do our best to abide by the spirit of cricket. We like a laugh and a beer, too.
At a time when village cricket is under threat, it's heartening to see a club that's bucking the trend. Bathford Cricket Club is based in a small village on the outskirts of Bath and plays senior cricket in Wiltshire and junior cricket in Bath and district.
A few years ago we decided as a club that youth was the way forward, since when we have invested massively for a club our size in attracting young players. That strategy is starting to pay off. Last year we debuted five home-grown talents into our development and second teams and they loved it. This appeal is about making sure that those same kids one day have the headache of working out how to celebrate the club's 100th anniversary.
So, we want to celebrate our 50th anniversary by raising some money to secure the club's financial foundation for the next 50 years. A relatively modest amount of £5,000 would secure our finances and enable us to continue investing in our young players.
So please support our effort to raise some much-needed money, so that we can keep doing the things we do at a reasonable cost to the participants.