The restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the pandemic has resulted in a shutdown of our community sport and physical activity. Not only have our revenue streams been totally decimated, but also this loss has magnified to many undervalued and positive impacts of community sport and physical activity on health and wellbeing.
The impact of COVID-19 has been significant at Hawk Green CC as it has in many, many places. Whilst the club managed to fulfil all of it's fixtures and responsibilities in a shortened 2020 season, our income was reduced drastically from previous seasons - sponsorship around 90% down on 2019, our playing members subscriptions were also reduced for all seniors and waived for juniors and our bar takings were also drastically down (over 70% from the previous season and still falling due to enforced closure). We have estimated that Covid-19 has cost the club a net income of around £20,000 in 2020.
All of this means we are asking for your help and contributions to make up this shortfall to fund our net upgrade and refurbishment project.
The club's aim is to encourage greater participation in cricket and other sports and to support our members and the local community from both a physical and social perspective. We are proud to deliver a welcoming, inclusive and fun atmosphere in which to take part in cricket and social activities.
The club is run entirely by volunteers, including the management committee, coaches, ground staff and many others who give their time freely. We have been Clubmark accredited since the schemes inception, recognising us as a safe, child friendly club.
Our vision and project
Hawk Green CC aims "To become and remain the best Player Development Club in the Cheshire League" and to do this we know that our training facilities need to be upgraded and improved.
Our facilities are well used all year round and can provide an excellent training environment for our members and other local cricket stakeholders.
The club are looking to improve their facilities with the installation of a two lane permanent net facility. To do this we need to raise over £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 continually "mossing up" making it horrendously slippy and often unusable. A two lane facility will allow us to use our bowling machine, have more batsmen & women 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.
By upgrading and refurbishing our nets, we will be able to continue to provide and maintain training provision at all times to meet the local need and demand. This will truly help to make the facility an 'all weather' option again.
Whether it be senior men’s club training sessions, 1-1s, juniors using the facility with their parents, or our women’s & girls sides honing their skills, significantly upgrading our facility will make this possible and safe.
This was the year we had intended as our final push towards raising enough money for our new nets. Our old ones are in a desperate state (they are over 30 years old) and we really need to offer the players adequate facilities in which to improve their cricket, they would particularly aid the newly established ladies and girls team’s. We play for fitness and fun to forge a pathway for future generations. Our mixed ability group plays competitively and newcomers from any background welcome.
We need your help in raising money for new nets for all the local players. We have the plans and are ready to go for next season so it is very exciting, but we are relying on friends from the local and extended community to help us!
Our local Community involvement
Our clubhouse and grounds are used extensively by the local community. Events include:
- Cheshire Cricket
- Pilates, Yoga & Dance
- Slimming World
- Women's Institute
- Charity events
- Quiz Nights
- Parties (all sorts!)
- Youth Cricket tournaments