Brightlingsea Cricket Club COVID Bounce Back 2021

by Brightlingsea Cricket Club in Brightlingsea, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd May 2021 we successfully raised £11,010 with 108 supporters in 28 days

To 'bounce back' from COVID with better, safer training and playing facilities for our young players and the wider community to enjoy.

by Brightlingsea Cricket Club in Brightlingsea, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The full costs of carrying out the refurbishment of the nets and artificial strip are higher than the £10,000 initial target. By reaching the stretch target, which is an amount beyond what we thought would be possible, we could cover all these costs. This would release our own, existing limited resources to fund more of our members to become qualified coaches, especially where this will help us provide more specific opportunities for women & girls and disabled people. We have applied to be part of the Disability Cricket Champion Clubs programme.


Brightlingsea Cricket Club

Formed in circa 1860, Brightlingsea Cricket Club is one of the oldest sports clubs in the town and we play on Bayard Recreation Ground in Brightlingsea.  We play most Saturdays and Sundays, either home or away and enjoy the environment with the local pub team ‘The Railway Tavern’.  We have an established Youth section consisting of Kwik (softball) and Colts (hardball) teams and are looking to extend and rebuild this part of the club as it recovers from COVID restrictions.

In 2021 we will have two senior teams playing, one in the Two Counties League and one in the new North Essex Cricket League 30 overs a side competition.  We will also have an U11s and U13s hard ball team as well as running our Kwik Cricket programme for primary school children.

1616537112_under_11s_team_photo_2.jpgWhat are we Crowdfunding for?

We have secured a pledge from Sport England whereby for every £6 we raise (up to a maximum of £6,000) they will give us an additional £4.  However, if we fail to raise £6,000, we will get nothing from Sport England.  This means that any contribution you are able to make has a huge impact on what we can achieve through our project.

We need to carry out essential repairs to our all-weather playing strip and outdoor nets facility - crucial to the quality and safety of our provision. The full cost of these is well beyond our current financial position and so that is what we need your help with. Without the repairs, we risk these key facilities becoming unsafe and unusable, hugely affecting what we can offer our young players. 

  • The nets facility is now 10 years old and has been seriously affected by weed damage, the impact of heavy usage, as well as the layout not fitting with changes to pitch lengths for our youngest players. 
  • The artificial strip has 'sunk' below the level of the rest of the square making it a trip hazard as well as affecting the flight of balls hit along the ground.1617015321_brightlingsea_cc_nets3.jpg

1617016049_artifical_strip_full2.jpg1617017541_nets_4.jpgOur Journey

In recent years, the journey of the club has been a rollercoaster.  Like many cricket clubs, the number of teams that we run has reduced significantly, from 3 teams to 1 team in the last few years.   However, there is now great momentum to secure and regenerate our club for the next generation to enjoy the game.   With your help, crowdfunding will support the club for cricketers in the future. We want to invest in our community, promote the sport, both as a competitive or recreational activity and additionally realise the mental health benefits, the importance of which we have all come to appreciate.1617017904_kwik_cricket_play.jpg

Impact of COVID

2020 COVID year was a challenging for many people in many ways.   We know that we are not the only organisation or group who have experienced the implications of losing essential revenue to fund our work.  Not only did we lose membership, match fees and bar takings from significantly reduced matches played during 2020 but we also lost essential income from major annual events in our calendar, such the town carnival, our Kwik Cricket Festival and the end of season Family and Awards Day. As a small club, this has put real pressure on our income, however, costs remain the same and facilities continue to require maintenance.

COVID gave us opportunities too!

Whilst 2020 was a difficult time for the club financially, it was an opportunity to regroup and make plans to regenerate our club.  We welcomed back past players and said hello to new players who moved into the area.  Due to a steady growth in players in 2020, we are now in the position for 2021 to expand our teams from one to two teams, based on the young players that we have developed through the club in recent years.  This will give more people an opportunity to play in different formats of the game and attracting players back to the sport and new players to get involved.  

1616537160_94977345_116033703409166_4221580929275002880_o.jpgDuring 2020 members have given their time to address some pressing renovation of the club facilities. Repairing and revamping the toilet facilities, repairing the netting of the cricket nets, working in the background to relaunch our website and planning for an eventual new clubhouse. However, we now have the essential repairs to do to the strip and nets that will involve purchasing materials and employing contractors to do the works. 1617014643_nets_image3.jpg

1617016111_artifical_strip_across2.jpgDeveloping Young Players

Our work with Brightlingsea Primary School and Nursery over the past few years has generated many players, some of whom have since played at District and Essex level. COVID has put a brake on this work, however, we are really keen to get back into schools to bring the love of cricket to new audiences.  We recognise that youth players are the future of the club and want to rebuild membership numbers back to at least pre-COVID times.1617015070_kwik_cricket_coaching_2.jpg

Due to COVID measures, our group sizes will be small and social distancing protocols mean that our artificial strip and cricket nets will be used even more for training so that we can keep groups separate. Ideally, we also want to purchase a portable net so that we can maintain small coaching groups/bubbles.  This will allow us to keep the same number of children overall, but separate the groups to allow for infection control measures to be in place.

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Come & Join Us!

If this has got you thinking about possibly playing some Cricket then please do get in touch. We welcome people of all ages (current range in our membership is 5 to 75!) and abilities. We are a friendly, family-focused club that looks to get people playing with a smile on their face.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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When Rivers Meet Signed Vinyl Albums

Buy this reward and you get National Blues Awards 2021 Best Album of the Year nominated 'We Fly Free' along with the EP Collection, signed and on coloured vinyl. Some great music in a very collectable format.

£5 or more

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Photograph Digital Download (Jacob Plummer Media)

Choose from an excellent range of different types of photograph, to download the one for you. Each download would normally cost £10 but you can get yours for £5 through this site. To see the range of great photos available go to - https://jacobplummermedia.wixsite.com/jacobplummermedia?fbclid=IwAR2l7ji-BFImUWH1YYgifS_wM4haRu7Mnerw_Lqew_47e_WKWZyZ46YGJJc

£6 or more

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Necklace with changeable Centre (Spirals)

This necklace has 3 different centres to switch between and is made by Equilibrium. It has been donated by Spirals and would normally set you back £10.99 but you can get it through us for £6! To see a photo visit our Facebook Page at - https://m.facebook.com/BrightlingseaCC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=276946310651237&mt_nav=1&ref=page_internal

£7 or more

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Brightlingsea Teddy Bear - Donated by Spirals

Buy this cute, soft teddy, wearing a red jumper with 'BRIGHTLINGSEA' on. Nice size as it is 30cms tall sitting. Donated by local shop, Spirals, the teddy would normally set you back £12.99, so you save £5.99! To see a photo visit our Facebook Page at - https://m.facebook.com/BrightlingseaCC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=276946310651237&mt_nav=1&ref=page_internal

£8 or more

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Unicorn Image Wall Clock (donated by Spirals)

This cute, round clock is 33cms in diameter and has been donated by Spirals. The normal retail price is £15.99 but you can get it through us for half price at £8! To see a photo visit our Facebook Page at - https://m.facebook.com/BrightlingseaCC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=276946310651237&mt_nav=1&ref=page_internal

£15 or more

Social Membership

If your partner is already a Player or Social Member or you just want to come and watch the cricket then join Brightlingsea CC as a social member and access the bar on match days and social events.

£24 or more

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6 Bottles of Wine for the price of 4 (Wine Well)

Buy this reward, generously donated by local Brightlingsea store, Wine Well, and get this half case (6 bottles) of 'i Heart Wines' Chardonnay for the price of 4! See more details about Wine Well at https://www.facebook.com/winewell.brightlingsea.3 Also available - box of 6 Sauvignon Blanc and box of 6 Shiraz - see other Rewards.

£24 or more

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Buy 6 bottles of wine for price of 4 (Wine Well)

Buy this reward, generously donated by local Brightlingsea store, Wine Well, and get this half case (6 bottles) of 'i Heart Wines' Sauvignon Blanc for the price of 4! See more details about Wine Well at https://www.facebook.com/winewell.brightlingsea.3 Also available - box of 6 Chardonnay and box of 6 Shiraz - see other Rewards.

£24 or more

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6 Bottles of Wine for the price of 4 (Wine Well)

Buy this reward, generously donated by local Brightlingsea store, Wine Well, and get this half case (6 bottles) of 'i Heart Wines' Shiraz for the price of 4! See more details about Wine Well at https://www.facebook.com/winewell.brightlingsea.3 Also available - box of 6 Chardonnay and box of 6 Sauvignon Blanc - see other Rewards.

£27 or more

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Colchester Tyre & Exhaust Centre Car MOT

Get your car's next MOT from Colchester Tyre & Exhaust Centre for just under half price, saving you £27.85!

£30 or more

Kwik Cricket Coaching Fees

For those who have already paid the £10 Kwik Membership, this is the money saving way of paying for all session fees up front for less than the cost of all sessions paid individually.

£30 or more

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When Rivers Meet Signed CD Albums

Buy this reward and you get National Blues Awards 2021 Best Album of the Year nominated 'We Fly Free' along with the EP Collection, signed and on CD. Some great music in a very collectable format.

£45 or more

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High Quality CAT Work Jacket - Footsure Western

You choose between the CAT Terrain Jacket (in brown or black) or the CAT Storm Jacket in your preferred size. These retail up to £80 and so you can save up to £35 on these high quality work jackets. More details about the jackets on the Footsure Western Ltd website at - https://www.footsure.net/group/WorkwearJackets/

£50 or more

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Children’s Cricket Party

Get into cricket and have a party outside! Hold a cricket themed party for your children under the guidance of a qualified cricket coach. Numbers restricted to 12 children. Party consists of 45 minutes cricket practice, break for food, cricket match. No previous experience of cricket required.

£50 or more

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Match Night

Take the chance to enjoy some cricket fun with friends and/or colleagues by booking an evening at the club. Whether it be for your organisation, against another pub/sports team, or amongst friends we will provide all you need to play a short-format (T20, 100 Ball; hard or soft ball) match, with our bar open for some light refreshments to finish the evening off (numbers restricted to 30 people including spectators).

£50 or more

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Clay Pigeon Shooting Afternoon for 2 People

Enjoy an afternoon of clay pigeon shooting with tuition available for anyone new to the sport. The session will take place at the Essex Shooting Ground which is in Fyfield near Chipping Ongar.

£75 or more

Match Day Business Promotion

Choose this reward and we can advertise your business at our ground on home match days during the 2021 season. You provide us a banner and we will put it up. We will also promote you through our website and social media channels.

£100 or more

Match Day Business Promotion (inc. Banner)

Choose this reward and we can advertise your business at our ground on home match days during the 2021 season. As part of this we will produce a banner for you, if you provide us the necessary logo, etc. We will also promote you through our website and social media channels.

£100 or more

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Disability Sport-Based Awareness Training

Receive up to 3 hours of bespoke sport-based disability awareness training from deliverer with over 30 years experience in the field. Ideal for school groups (staff or pupils), sports clubs or facilities. Content to be agreed with you for your group's specific needs and setting. This would normally cost £200 and so you save £100! Venue within 50 miles of Brightlingsea.

£150 or more

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Individual Return To Play Physiological Assessment

Buy this 3 hour physiological battery of assessments, carried out by the Human Performance Centre at the University of East London, that would normally cost you at least £350 including; - VO2max - exercise physiology test that assesses the maximal oxygen uptake - Reactive strength index and muscle stiffness tests that are used to assess the body’s strength ability - Posture and functional movement screening and corrective exercise programming

£400 or more

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Level 4 Cert. in Strength & Conditioning (RQF)

Buy this reward (you will also need to pay £300 registration/certification to course organiser) and save up to £500 on a 2 day level 4 course, accredited by Focus Awards, delivered at Fit4Life Gym in Romford by Spartan Strength & Conditioning. Aimed at learners who are qualified at level 3 and looking to progress into the specialised field of strength and conditioning. Looks at knowledge and understanding of how to improve athletic performance.

£500 or more

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Level 2&3 Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer Dip.

Buy this reward (you will also need to pay £500 registration/certification to course organiser) and save up to £1000 on a 4 day combined level 2 & 3 course, accredited by Focus Awards, delivered at Fit4Life Gym in Romford by Spartan Strength & Conditioning. No pre-requisites apply. The course ranges from underpinning knowledge to the planning & delivery of personal training sessions for different clients.

£750 or more

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Physiological Assessment for Your Sports Team

A day of physiological assessments, carried out by the Human Performance Centre at the University of East London, that would normally cost you at least £1500, for teams up to 15, including; - VO2max - exercise physiology test assessing the maximal oxygen uptake - Reactive strength index and muscle stiffness tests that are used to assess the body’s strength ability - Posture and functional movement screening & corrective exercise programming

£10 or more

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Kwik Cricket Membership with free T-shirt

Become a member of Brightlingsea Cricket Club and get a club Kwik T-shirt free.

£12 or more

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Brightlingsea CC Club Cap

Whether a player or supporter where your club cap with pride! More details and images can be found on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Colts Cricket Membership with free shirt

Become a member of Brightlingsea Cricket Club and get a Colts Cricket Shirt free.

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

One-To-One Coaching 3 Session Bundle

If you feel that you need a bit more practice, then sign up for a bundle of 3 coaching sessions to either perfect that technique or just get back in the swing of things if you have been away from the sport for a while.

£15 or more

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Large Kilkus Rug from RG Prentice

Coming in 6 different colours (you get to choose), this rug would normally cost you £27, so you save £12! The rug is provided by local flooring specialists, RG Prentice. The rug is 1.5m by 1m. To see a photo visit our Facebook Page at - https://m.facebook.com/BrightlingseaCC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=276946310651237&mt_nav=1&ref=page_internal

£17 or more

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Brightlingsea CC Club Polo Shirt

Available in black or white, buy this club-crest embroidered polo shirt and show your support of the club with pride. More details and images can be found on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Half Price MOT (donated by Street Cars)

This is your chance to get a half price MOT from local garage, Street Cars on Hurst Green, Brightlingsea.

£26 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Brightlingsea CC Adults Varsity Hoodie

Very nice black club hoodie with green bits. Buy this and have your initials printed on it as well. More details and images are available on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£28 or more

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Brightlingsea CC Senior Playing Trousers

Choose from either Tek or Pro style and get your club logo emblazoned playing trousers. More details and images are available on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£30 or more

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£50 Voucher for Clothing with My Icon

Buy this reward and save £20 on clothing from our club kit suppliers My Icon.

£31 or more

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Student Senior Membership with £15 off shirt (SS)

If you are in full-time education OR fit into another concessionary fee group (e.g. unemployed), become a member of Brightlingsea Cricket Club and get £15 off a Short Sleeved Senior Cricket Shirt.

£34 or more

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Student Senior Membership with £15 off shirt (LS)

If you are in full-time education OR fit into another concessionary fee group (e.g. unemployed), become a member of Brightlingsea Cricket Club and get £15 off a Long Sleeved Senior Cricket Shirt.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

PRO-LEC Qualified Electrician for 2 Hours

Pay this amount and get 2 hours of work from PRO-LEC at less than half the cost, saving you £40! Anything from fitting light fittings, changing wiring accessories, installing garden lights - anything at all! All light fittings or wiring accessories to be supplied by the ‘customer’ but can include any small sundries if required. Should any larger quantities of materials or cable be required, a small cost may be applicable. Within Colchester radius

£37 or more

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Brightlingsea CC Club Short Sleeve Jumper

Look smart in this short sleeve club jumper with sponsor's logo. More details and images are available on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£38 or more

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Brightlingsea CC Curve Rain Jacket

Buy your high quality, Stuart Surridge, black rain jacket for those rare occasions it gets a bit cold and wet at training or on match day. More details and images are available on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£40 or more

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Kwik Cricket Membership & Coaching Bundle

Choose this reward for membership of Brightlingsea Cricket Club, receiving a club Kwik T-shirt free, as well as group Coaching for Kwik members with a qualified cricket coach for each training session throughout the season. Approximately 20 weeks of cricket. A discount of £10 off the £2 training fee each week.

£40 or more

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Brightlingsea CC Club Long Sleeve Jumper

Buy this to look really smart and support the Club! More details and images are available on the website of our kit suppliers, My Icon, at - https://www.myiconbranding.com/brightlingsea-cricket

£46 or more

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Senior Full Membership with £15 off shirt (SS)

Become a member of Brightlingsea Cricket Club and get £15 off a Short Sleeved Senior Cricket Shirt.

£49 or more

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Senior Full Membership with £15 off shirt (LS)

Become a member of Brightlingsea Cricket Club and get £15 off a Long Sleeved Senior Cricket Shirt.

£55 or more

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Colts Membership, Coaching & Match Fees Bundle

Choose this reward for Colts Membership, including free playing shirt, as well as group coaching for Colts members with a qualified cricket coach for each training session throughout the season. Approximately 15 weeks of cricket. A discount of £10 off the £2 training fee each week. In addition, pay this and you have covered your Colts Match fees for the season no matter how many games you play.

£100 or more

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Day's Work by Experienced Local Carpenter/Joiner

Pay this amount and get 6 hours of work by local, highly experienced carpenter/joiner, Roger Goodwin, to complete a wide range of household joinery tasks, such as door hanging, laying wooden floors, helping with kitchen fitting. This would cost you £200 normally and so you save £100! All materials provided by the customer (except screws, nails). Within Colchester radius.

£500 or more

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Junior Cricket Shirt Sponsor 2022

Are you a community-focused business looking for a way to demonstrate this by investing in the sporting youth of Brightlingsea? If so, become the high profile sponsor of our junior teams for next season and not only have your company logo on our playing shirts but receive regular promotion through our website and all social media outlets. Enjoy regular hospitality at our home games.

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