Who are we?
Woodley Cricket Club has always been an integral part of the local community providing excellently organised cricket for participation by all ages and all levels of capability. We have enjoyed hosting events at the club for the local community and are keen to continue this in the future. We currently run 1 x ladies open age team, 4 x senior open age men teams, including one veterans (over 40's) team, 4 x junior teams, plus we have All Stars coaching for aged 5 to 10 supporting all levels of ability.
We were established in 1924 and are established members of the Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League.
We built a self funded clubhouse back in 2005 as we did not have the Clubmark accreditation and could not access any additional funding. We do still continue to pay off a long term loan agreed with Marstons that helped us build the much needed clubhouse. Since then we have achieved Clubmark in 2011, which we still retain. Whilst this has helped us significantly, we still need additional funding to help us realise our ambitions of a safe and a thriving club.
We are proud to provide facilities for the local community which fall outside the traditional use of cricket in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League. Local schools, including Greave Primary, Woodley Primary and Bredbury St Marks Primary who all take the opportunity to use the ground and clubhouse free of charge. We also provide the club for any meetings they wish to hold. Additionally, we provide cricketing and changing facilities for use by Cheshire schools for both boys and girls, They also use our clubhouse for cricket development meetings.
Recent collaborations include providing training area within our outfield for junior football coaching by JNS Football, who bring Premier League Academy level training to the local community. In fact we have players of Woodley CC who work as coaches for premier league football clubs and are leading the organisation and running of these sessions.
Why do we need support?
Well, our dream is to look like this by the end of 2020....
At these unprecedented times we need to remain together and come out of the Covid-19 crisis even stronger. As a club who wishes to continue to delight and encourage our community to use our facilities, we did plan to improve the disabled access and general safety of our clubhouse and surrounding area in 2020 and this was especially essential for those with disabilities. We feel we should continue to plan to raise funds and invest and have therefore established a Crowdfunder page as we cannot currently rely on the historic revenue received via players' membership fees, bar takings, nor from organised events whilst Covid-19 remains a threat.
If we can count on your continued support during this difficult period then we can still all make our facilities safe together in 2020 and not delay this much needed work. With the money we raise, all contributions will help us to provide more sustainable and safe facilities for the club and for all of our members and those supporters with disabilities who have difficulty accessing the clubhouse and viewing area in front. Many clubs have struggled even before the pandemic and we are proud to have been able to swim against that tide and continue to grow and host cricket almost every night of the summer as well as provide a community facility for celebrations and events all year round. We need your help to allow this to continue in the future.
Our plans are:
- Provide a purpose built disabled access ramp to enable easier entry to the clubhouse.The current ramp is small and difficult to access.
- Extend the existing external area by a further 3 metres to enable better viewing on match day and easier wheelchair mobility. This will double up as a larger area for all events held at the ground.
- Provide new robust seating for both spectators and social events.
- Build new and safer steps to the side of the pavilion for players access during games.
- These improved and safer facilities will be available to all members and supporters and we do hope you will continue to support your local club as we continue to develop the growth vision for Woodley CC.
- Our aim is to take us from the version where our steps are broken and our ramp is too small to an updated, safe and accessible clubhouse. Our pictures of how we look now and how want to look in the future can be seen clearly below:
Our Clubhouse now - this is why we are looking to transform...
View of the terrace from the access ramp side
Our current ramp And our chipped steps
Drawings of the Future Clubhouse - this is what we can have with your support!
We hope you agree the pictures look fantastic and we would love for you all to embrace them and to continue to be part of our thriving family based club in your community. To help us, we do need your support and have many rewards on offer for all levels of contribution. If you have any more ideas then we will be delighted to hear from you.
Thanks in advance,
Your Woodley CC Committee.