Falkland Cricket Club Ltd (FCC)

Building new, carbon neutral, year round community pavilion for physical activity, local charities in a rural community.

We did it!

On 20th Oct 2017 we successfully raised £25 with 1 supporter in 45 days

About us

Falkland Cricket Club, in wash common, is a  volunteer  run charity  founded  in  1884  owning  two  cricket  grounds  and  woodland  on  the  civil  war  battlefield  site  of  1643  First  Battle  of  Newbury. It  is  the  Berkshire Cricket hub  for  women girls  cricket  and  those  with  disabilities.  A  community  club  with  a  social  enterprise, 50 active volunteers,  over  350  members,  including  57  with  registered  disabilities,  90  girls,  11  adult  teams,  11  age  groups  sides  and  4  girls’  and  women’  teams.  We  provide  community  space  for  yoga,  drama,  bridge,  church,  cycling,  running,  motor  cycling,  music  groups,  Parkinson  and  Samaritans Societies plus host the community's annual fireworks.

Our project

The current building is at the end of its useful life, can no longer be patched up and is rotting from the insides. If the existing social enterprise and cricket changing provision is not provided the usage will radically decline, the grounds will not be able to be maintained and the community facility will fall into disrepair. It will provide a fit for purpose community building for physical activity, enrichment time for Park House School staff and pupils and much needed community provision for local charity groups with no place to meet locally.

We have planning permission for the new building which is fully accessible, provide changing rooms suitable for all types of players, new community space, host The Berkshire Cricket Community Foundation staff and provide a new home for The Bowlers Arms social enterprise which will be open 365days a year.

The building will be carbon neutral, use ground source heat pumps (our current building is always cold and damp!) and harvest rainwater to irrigate the grounds.  The site has 16,000 users annually.

Our club is a regional centre for disability and girls cricket and supports local clubs with our independent limited company that provides grounds care to smaller clubs and Park House School.

358a61b26b99b70afba709936ef9d51a.jpgWe have consulted the last 2 years with local community groups, West Berkshire Council and other key stakeholders to produce 5 year community engagement plan to demonstrate how the new facility will be used and provide a much needed resource following local austerity measures.

Can you help us by donating?

It is challenging raising funding for our grass root sports project as there have been many budget cuts reducing funding locally and Nationally in Sport despite the increased funds going into the top tiers. We have raised half the funds so far and have other grant applications pending in the hope to be able to start work before the end of 2017. 

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