Cricket Nets Practice facility and refurbishment

by AJ Cricket Academy and Morden Cricket Club in Morden, England, United Kingdom

£7,125

£25,000 target 6 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 12th August 2021 at 7:09am

A thriving grassroots cricket club for children is raising funds to develop the existing training environment and services for members.

by AJ Cricket Academy and Morden Cricket Club in Morden, England, United Kingdom

Who are we

AJ Cricket Academy is a thriving grassroots cricket club in Merton which provides coaching for children aged between 5 and 18. Having over 300 members, we run an all-season cricket training programme, camps and one to one coaching sessions. On top of that, the members  can hone their skills by participating either in our league or friendly matches.

Recently, we started working with Morden Cricket Club, which has been around since 1891, supporting local talent and community through training and organising tournaments.

Together, we aim to make a difference in young people’s lives as they learn about fair play, supporting teammates, winning and losing.

In order to give youngsters their first taste of competitive cricket, we are raising funds to upgrade our training and clubhouse facilities and expand the current provision with a new cricket programme for girls.

What is our vision

Today’s challenging times have had a big impact on young people’s lives. Their daily routines were interrupted due to subsequent lockdowns, hence they had fewer opportunities ti meet their peers and less motivation to engage in a focused physical activity. This meant less training, less match play and ultimately, less fun.

Therefore, we firmly believe the club’s healthy progressive environment supported by top quality professional coaching is ideal to help local youngsters thrive and maintain good spirit.

Also, in our view it is about time to change the traditional perception of cricket as a male sport and make it more inclusive.

As an expanding club with ambitious growth plans we want to play an active role in making this change happen.

Future plans

We recognise the importance of net practice in the development of our players, therefore our key goal is to enhance their training environment by installing outdoor cricket nets.

Having the nets on site would not only improve the level of coaching we provide but also allow us to train more children.

We also want to make a number of improvements at our pavilion to make it more functional and comfortable for the members.

Last but not least, we are planning to pilot a new cricket training programme exclusively for girls, running from winter 2021 until spring 2022.

Our objective is to enter at least one team in the league and have a girls section with more than 20-30 girls by summer 2022. 

Our credentials

AJ Cricket Academy was set up in 2010. It is led by the Founder and Director, Ali Jaffer who played first class cricket for Karachi in Pakistan.

Ali and his team of coaches give every child personalised attention. This approach is in stark contrast with the conditions in bigger clubs in the area where children can get lost in the crowd and never play competitive cricket. Ali’s passion stems from the belief that cricket is for everyone regardless their level of ability and the main focus of training should be enjoyment of the sport.

Therefore, as a team we created motivating environments where every child is encouraged to embrace challenges as they are learning how to play.

Our milestones 

Since the club was founded, we have competed in extensive league fixtures at the highest level and won in two age groups within the local NEC league. 

In addition to that, a number of our players have represented the Surrey County.

Having a permanent base in the picturesque setting of Morden Cricket Club has given our junior cricketers more opportunities to grow and progress into senior level cricket. 

Why donate

By donating to this project you can help us roll out these new initiatives and stay on track to deliver the cricket nets in 2021.

Contribute today and watch us achieve even greater success in future.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

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SILVER PASS

Exclusive cricket net practice - SILVER PASS Skip the queue to polish your skills and test our brand new cricket nets. Enjoy a half an hour net practice session in this modernised training environment.

£10 or more

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Zoom Call

Why choose cricket? A zoom meeting with a cricket coach who will answer all your questions about why cricket is the perfect sport for your child.

£10 or more

Thank you cards

Receive a personalised thank you card from Ali Jaffer, club founder at AJ Cricket Academy

£10 or more

Cricket Hamper

Every donation of more than £10 will be entered in a raffle. Winner wins a cricket hamper filled with cricket items

£10 or more

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AJ caps

Receive an AJ Cap

£10 or more

Sponsor A player

Calling all parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts - pledge £10 today to sponsor a player to score a 50, 100 or take 3 wickets in a match. This can be scheduled for summer 2022.

£15 or more

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AJ shirt

Receive and AJ cricket shirt

£20 or more

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BBQ lunch/evening

Invite to club BBQ lunch/evening. Invite and details will be sent by Founder Ali Jaffer. Potentially for 2022.

£20 or more

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Guest junior coaching session

Two free 30 minute guest junior coaching session (non-members only) Have a go at playing cricket in these two fun sessions

£25 or more

Pavilion renovation

Help us on our way to renovate and update the pavilion. This also includes a personalised note from AJ Cricket Academy and Morden Cricket Club and donors' names will be displayed inside.

£40 or more

Sponsorship

£40 or more Fixture card advert for 2022 both MCC and AJ £40 for half a page and £70 for full page

£120 or more

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Cricket Birthday Parties

Cricket or multi sport birthday party for 10-12 children

£25 or more

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Cricket net practice

Cricket practice in the nets for two hours with a bowling machine as well, for two hours for you and your teammates.

£30 or more

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Place on AJ Summer camp

Receive a free day at AJ’s summer cricket camp

£30 or more

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Hour girls cricket lesson

Hour long Girls one to one coaching

£30 or more

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Batting session with Ali himself

Hour long Pro coaching one to one session with club founder Ali Jaffer

£40 or more

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45 minute bowling session

45 minute bowling session with Senior Academy bowling coach

£45 or more

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Batting session with Ali and bowling machine

Batting coaching session with club founder Ali himself with a bowling machine.

£45 or more

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Bowling machine practice at the nets

Take this opportunity and challenge yourself to bat against the bowling machine when our new nets are ready

£100 or more

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Signed Surrey CC bat

Signed Surrey CC bat. Signatures include, Ollie Pope, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes and more....

£100 or more

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Signed Surrey CC photo

Signed Surrey CCC Playing squad 2018. Signatures include, Ollie Pope, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes and more....

£120 or more

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Gold Pass

Exclusive cricket net practice - GOLD PASS (first half hour) Be the first to polish your game using our new facilities. Bat and bowl on our freshly installed net surface for half an hour.

£150 or more

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Place on indoor training programme

Place on indoor winter training programme to include certificate or progress

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