At the last committee meeting we had a re-focus and what we wanted to do as a result of Covid. We wanted to ring fence the club this session and focus on promoting the participation in the sport and encourage people to get into Cricket. To get active! Keep active when the opportunity presents its self. To this end, we want to give people inside and more importantly those outside the club the chance to try and play cricket throughout 2020 and into 2021. When children and adults benefit from playing the sport, they get fit and its participation we know as a club we will grow and benefit.
The first thing is to provide extra coaching, equipment and access to nets throughout the rest of 2020 and into 2021. This is expensive and we have lots of people locally hit by covid 19. We hope to do this free, we will promote throughout the Eye & District area of Suffolk. This includes existing players but also novice groups, people who have never played before, school aged groups in year 4/5/6, all ladies/girl groups. Cricket for All.
Secondly we want the environment that people come into to be fit for purpose, enjoyable and a reason to return. We do not have that presently and all our 2020 revenue disappeared over night no fees, no sponsorship, we have been left with no opportunities to raise funds to try to address some of the most serious issues we have with the fabric of our club house. We have showers (See photos) that are in need of making good for 2021 and ideally changing to be inline with today's guidance. That is separate until versus communal showering (£3.5k). We also have storm damaged changing rooms that make it presently a space that players cannot use. See photos. We expect this to cost (£1.2k). We want to improve the experience we offer our customers but also other that may be able to use the facilities off season such as keep fit classes, running groups, archery not just cricket.
Once we have completed this fund raising if we need more funds, we will look to other funding sources such as local authority (Town council/MSDC, Suffolk County Council, CIL), to top up the work started here to bring Cricket to All.
Many thanks in advance for your help and support.