COVID Recovery - Newcastle Cricket Club

by Phil Hudson in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom


Gift Aid
+ est. £881.25
£8,000 stretch target 8 days left
107% 71 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £6,000 is pledged by 12th March 2021 at 4:54pm

To raise funds for the continuation and prosperity of Newcastle Cricket Club

by Phil Hudson in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The monies pledged from the local community and our supporters would be used for the development of the bar facilities and to pay for coaching and facilities to sustain our junior cricket and womens cricket section.

This includes education and provision of coaches and the purchase of coaching equipment.

1612359094_50132740318_46fde22efb_c.jpgWho we are

 Newcastle Cricket Club was officially formed in 2001 from the old ‘County Club’ based in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. Our Osborne Avenue ground is one of the finest in the region and we take great pride in this.

Since our inception, we have played in the North East Premier League exclusively, finishing as runners up in 2016. Our 2nd team and Academy side have won their respective NEPL competitions multiple times, and boast strong records in the cups also. The club fields 4 senior sides on a weekend and 4 junior sides (2 at Under 11, 1 at Under 13 and 1 at Under 15.) In addition we expect to run an Under 19 side in 2021. We are a fully Clubmark accredited club.

We have welcomed some fantastic players over the last few seasons including Australian batting sensation Josh Phillippe and England’s talismanic all rounder Ben Stokes. However, we take most pride in developing our young players and in the 2020 season we were delighted that Will Jobling, Joe Boaden, George Darwood, and Ross Sinclair all represented the club at 1st team level having played junior cricket with us. In addition Matthew Brown and Alistair Gibson both made their mark in 2nd team cricket.

Currently the club has 7 directors, all of whom work on a volunteer basis. The directors are assisted by a further volunteer network as well as some casual staff and one full time employee.


What has caused the problem ? 

 The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the club extremely hard. Our business model is that we particularly require function bookings for our downstairs function room in order to support our cricket operations, and as such even as we were able to trade last summer we were missing out on a great deal of income and profitability. Since late September our bar has been shut as the North East has been in Tier 2 restrictions or above, meaning that we have been unable to trade at all. Naturally during this period we still have ongoing costs to meet including rent, utilities and staff costs.


How much do we want to raise?

Our aim is to raise a minimum of £3,000 from Crowd Funding, with a stretch goal of £6,000. We hope to benefit from some match funding from Sport England, but we need as many pledges as possible to make this a reality.

More about the Club and its effects on the community

The club draws its playing base from a wide area, with players keen to sample our facilities and test themselves at a high level of cricket. We invested in artificial nets relatively recently and this ensures that members are able to practice in a safe enclosed environment even when there are games in progress. 

Our junior setup attracts children from all areas surrounding the ground, across a wide variety of societal sectors and promotes an inclusive and safe environment. We have worked with local schools in the area to create a clear pathway into the club and are looking to do so again.

In addition, our ground is one of the largest areas of open green space in an urban area of Newcastle. The space is regularly used by families and children playing when there is no cricket on. Furthermore, our indoor facilities are enjoyed by all with full disabled access – with groups as diverse at the Jesmond Gentleman’s Association and music academy The Rock Project utilising our meeting space.


What the Club needs the funds for 

The pandemic has affected us all in any number of ways and there are any number of incredibly worthy organisations who are looking for assistance just like we are. This year our club had aims to enhance our junior section further, and re-activate our Women’s Cricket programme after a dormant couple of years.

In order to do this, the club needs funds for:- 

  • coach recruitment
  • coach education and development
  • coach wages 
  • capital expenditure on equipment

The latter has become particularly prevalent in the wake of COVID and the restrictions on equipment sharing that are now in force. We also aim to hire 3 new coaches this year (1 specialist female coach) in order to restart our engagement in local primary schools as well as running our existing commitments to junior cricket.

Coaching courses, first aid courses and child safeguarding courses are all run by the ECB for a cost and the upfront expense of putting several coaches through these courses has a significant effect on cashflow at the best of the times - however in the current climate it is something we simply couldn't afford to do with support.1612289121_ncc_kids.jpg


Please use our reward scheme

Where possible, we are trying to provide fun and exciting rewards for supporters who are able to pledge to assist us. Please feel free to peruse these and take advantage of them, we are adding to them all the time!

We have been working with local business to provide as many rewards as possible for people who are able to support us. We will continue to do so right up until our Crowdfunder challenge ends! We would like to take this opportunity to thank anyone who has pledged funds or donated rewards, you are all incredibly appreciated by us.

Any help in spreading the word would also be appreciated by word of mouth or social media.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Match Sponsorship and Hospitality

Full match sponsorship for NEPL home games for our 1st XI. Includes full hospitality package (unlimited draught&canned beers/selected wines*) and picnic lunch, matchball sponsorship and opportunity to present MOTM. *subject to responsible drinking.

£10 or more

NCC Beanie

Newcastle CC Beanie hat, perfect for the early season games at Tynemouth and Gateshead Fell!

£25 or more

5 of 22 claimed

Match Ball Sponsorship

Sponsorship of a match ball for an NEPL game. Your support will be acknowledged at the ground on the match day.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Power hitting coaching session for 5

Hour long coaching session with Scottish international and 6 hitting expert Oli Hairs. Oli will work with the players teaching them how to improve their explosive batting technique.

£80 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Signed Perth Scorchers T20 side

Perth Scorchers T20 shirt signed by ex NCC and Perth Scorchers batsman Nick Hobson

£120 or more

0 of 16 claimed

NCC Programme Ad

Full page ad in the Newcastle CC Programme for 2021. This will be distributed in the ground and around the local community.

£375 or more

1 of 10 claimed

NCC Hoarding on the ground at Jesmond

A hoarding at our Jesmond ground, produced by our partner and hosted on the Jesmond ground for the duration of the 2021 season. Expose your brand to literally 1000s of supporters over the season!

£400 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Sponsorship of Junior side

Sponsorship of a Junior side. Includes full branding on playing kit and hosting of a hoarding on the ground (production not included.)

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Breakfast bundle for 2 from Block and Bottle

Breakfast pack for 2 - bacon, sausage, eggs and black pudding.

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£15 Voucher for Cakestories, Jesmond

A £15 voucher for the amazing Cake Stories in Jesmond, with many thanks to them for their support.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Letterbox Bake from Cake Stories Jesmond

Delicious Letterbox bake from Cake Stories, Brentwood Avenue Jesmond

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Pair of tickets to Durham CCC T20 Blast game 2021

2 tickets to a T20 Blast game of your choice at the Emirates Durham.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Grate Cheese Hamper

£25 Cheese hamper voucher provided by Grate, Jesmond.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Denes Deli voucher

£25 Voucher for Denes Deli - finest sandwich shop in Jesmond. Perfect for sandwiches or picnics!

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Voucher for Rios Jesmond

A £25 voucher for the excellent Rio's in Jesmond. Donated by Howard Eggleston. Full rodizio experience, if you haven't tried it this is a must!

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

18" Pizza, dips and fries from Cals Own Jesmond

A delicious and MASSIVE 18" pizza (with up to 3 toppings) from Cals Own in Jesmond, (THE BEST PIZZA GOING) as well as fries and a selection of dips.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Online Golf Lesson

A 30 minute online golf lesson with PGA Professional Will Urwin. Guaranteed to get the flaws out of your game!

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 course Sunday lunch for 2

A 3 course sunday lunch for 2* at the Lion and Lamb pub in Horsley, Northumberland. Perfect way to celebrate when lockdown ends! *Food only

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£50 Tomahawk Steakhouse Voucher

A £50 voucher for the delicious Tomahawk Steakhouse chain

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Durham CCC T20 shirt

A fully signed T20 shirt by the Durham CCC squad

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

4 ball at Gosforth Golf Club

4 ball at Gosforth Golf Club, donated by Joe Jobling Wealth Management.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tomahawk Steakhouse Voucher

£100 Voucher for a meal at Tomahawk Steakhouse, donated by Smooth Radio.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

4 ball at Tynemouth Golf Club

A 4 ball at Tynemouth Golf Club, to be enjoyed any Mon-Fri. Valid for 12 months.

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed NUFC Football

A football signed by the Newcastle United 1st team squad

£150 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Match day hospitality for 4

Match day hospitality at Jesmond for a 1st team NEPL game next season. Includes match day picnic and unlimited drinks package*. *Draught and canned beers, selected wines. Subject to responsible consumption.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Josh Phillippe Sydney 6ers T20 shirt

A true one of a kind prize! Australian batting sensation Josh Phillippe has donated a match worn Sydney 6ers shirt, a collectors item.

£225 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Framed, match worn NCC shirt signed by Ben Stokes

A framed, match worn shirt signed by talismanic England all rounder Ben Stokes from when he played for the club in the NEPL. Stokes will surely go down as one of the finest all round cricketers England have ever produced. Shirt is framed with photos included of Stokes in playing kit.

Let's make 'COVID Recovery - Newcastle Cricket Club' happen

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