Farnham Royal Cricket Club Covid Survival

by John Hayes in Farnham Royal, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 26th April 2021 we successfully raised £23,945 with 178 supporters in 35 days

FRCC is 132 years old and many generations have enjoyed this great facility, with your help we can secure cricket for many more generations.

by John Hayes in Farnham Royal, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If through the generosity of yourselves we exceed our target then we have other capital projects that we would like to carry out, these include investing in the outfield for the third year running to repair the damage from the hot summer three years ago and installing a water reservoir to collect rain water from the clubhouse roof.  We assure you that we will use your money wisely to ensure that club is here for the benefit of future generations.


Farnham Royal Cricket Club Covid Survival 

Our goal is to raise £20,000 through Crowdfunding before the season commences in order to mitigate the damage that the Covid lockdowns have had on the club to ensure that we have financial stability to continue as a club in 2021 and beyond. The club is 132 years old and many generations have enjoyed this great facility.  With your help we can secure the future of Farnham Royal Cricket Club for many more generations to come.

 Our club

Founded in 1889, we have enjoyed 132 years of cricket on this site. The club has continually changed with the times, from not being able to play on the Sabbath as we are on church land, to closing during the Wars, moving to league cricket right up to the modern day, we aspire to being an inclusive club that is there for the local community to enjoy.

 

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From humble beginnings

 

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Up to today

Cricket

During the Cricket Season, our ground is used every day of the week be that for league matches, training or social cricket.

FRCC have 2 adult teams playing in the Morrant Thames Valley League on Saturday and an active team who play every Sunday as well as a youth section, who play in all the various Berkshire Youth leagues.  We provide an important place for the young community of Slough and the Farnhams to come and join in training sessions as well as matches throughout the summer. We run both ECB Allstars and Dynamos groups for children between the ages of 6 and 17 and these are run by professional coaches which the club invests.  Some of our Youths have gone on to play County Cricket and we have a great player pathway in place to support young players from their initial Allstars sessions through to playing for their Country.

This year, funds permitting, we are aiming to launch a girls and womens section to help bridge the diversity gap between men and women in competitive sport.

In addition to the above we also let other teams regularly use our ground every year.   It is always a privilege to host the Berkshire Stags, the county’s Visually Impaired team for a few of their games as well as Bucks Over 50’s and over 60’s.

From the above hopefully it is apparent that our focus is on inclusion, if you like cricket, then from the age of 6/7 to 67, irrespective of your gender, race or ability there will be opportunities for you to play cricket at the club.  Our strategy is to focus on developing talent and not paying players and most importantly for all sides to enjoy their cricket playing in the right spirit. 

 

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Covid and its impact on club finances

As mentioned in the introduction, our income stream has been significantly impacted since November and this is on top of the impact of being closed during lockdown in March 2020

 To emphasise this, for the period November 2020 to today our income is down £56,000 compared to the same period a year ago.

We have been supported by the Government during the lockdown this has helped us but we have eaten into our bank balance. Not only has our income flow reduced, we still have outgoings such as rent, insurance and electric as well as water, waste disposal, security and phone bills.

 Our cash reserves are severely diminished and the clubs future is at risk without further financial support.

One of the benefits of going with Crowd funding at the time is their association with Sport England and we hope to gain some additional funding from Sport England which generously supports similar fundraising campaigns.

 The Projects you are funding

If through the generosity of yourselves we achieve our target then we have capital projects that we would like to carry out, these include 

  • investing in the outfield for the third year running to repair the damage from the hot summer three years ago. The picture above labelled “up to today” shows how bad the outfield was.
  • installing a water reservoir to collect rain water from the clubhouse roof and reduce water bills.
  • Repair the clubhouse roof to stop leaking into the bar area
  • Re-furbish the scorers hut and stop it being an eye sore.
  • Build a patio area in front of the clubhouse

The Club and our involvement with the local community

The club is at the centre of our community.  For the past ten years one of our long time member has raised funds for the Children’s ward at Wexham Park Hospital. Over £2000 was raised in the run up to Christmas 2019 (pre-Covid).

 In June 2020 we actively took part in the Ruth Strauss Foundations Red for Ruth Day supporting this worthy charity which supports families facing the death of a parent from cancer and drives the need for more research into non-smoking lung cancers.  Our fundraising efforts have earned us a visit from Andrew Strauss himself.

Pre-pandemic we also sought to integrate more with our community by running an Annual Family Fun day where we celebrate together in a safe and friendly environment.  This proved to be hugely popular with in excess of 600 people attending.

   

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Each year (when we can!) we host a fireworks night where we invite local schools to sell tickets to the event.  In return they keep 30% of whatever they sell. We can have more than 600 people attending!

 FRCC are also proud sponsors of Hedgerley Football club which enables them to hire their pitches each year, we are also one of the sponsors of Slough Town football club. 

The club is a focal point for the local community in other ways

For non-cricketers we provide an active social hub throughout the year, with a well-stocked bar and kitchen.  We have 5 darts teams, both men and ladies, and crib teams which play throughout the winter.  We also provide a local facility for people to hold private functions, including wakes, parties and weddings.  With several local pubs having closed we find ourselves one of the few venues remaining in the village.

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Full house for a race night (pre pandemic)

Thoughts of Chairman Ben Nicholas

Please support us so your sons, brothers, fathers and from this year daughters, sisters and mums can play cricket from 7 year old colts, to first team competitive league players or just for fun socially in a friendly inclusive environment.  The risk of the club not being an integral part of the village is an awful thought as so many people have found so much joy at FRCC over the years watching and playing.  The club has been important to me for over 30 years, many of my oldest friends are from here, and seeing my sons now growing up in the positive environment makes me so proud of them and the club so please if you can spare some money to help us secure our future it will be spent wisely to ensure the club is here for many more years to come to provide others with the opportunities, fun and memories we have all enjoyed so much.

What do we need you to do?

To ensure that our club can continue to play cricket and fulfil its role in the community we need an urgent cash injection to guarantee our survival.   Please actively support FRCC’s Covid Survival. Support, pledge and get involved in our project to ensure we are here for future generations. If you cannot pledge please get the word out to your friends and colleagues using social media. THANK YOU - We appreciate these are difficult times for everyone and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supports Farnham Royal Cricket Club Covid Survival.

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 We would like to offer our thanks to all the following who have helped us put our rewards package together :

Carlsberg & Marstons brewery plus Rebellion brewery.

The following golf clubs, Burnham Beeches, Farnham Park, Huntswood, Maidenhead, Richings Park and The Caversham.

All the following local businesses, Future Legends, Brilliant signs, Princess parties, Piped Flower Bouquets and Sam Porter, window & gutter cleaning, the local public house Fox & Pheasant and the makers of Cricketers Gin.

Finally thank you to Slough Town Football Club for their generous donation and reward and a big thank you to all our members who have donated time to make this come together and hopefully guarantee the future of FRCC.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Afternoon tea for four delivered to your door

Afternoon tea delivered to your door if you live in the slough area. Outside of that it will be available for collection from clubhouse. Tea consists of home made scones, cakes, sandwiches for four plus a bottle of Prosecco

£15 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Fed up with ironing ?

Have someone do the ironing for you, reward is for an hours ironing up to a maximum of 20 items.

£25 or more

4 of 6 claimed

Cricket practise in the nets

A two hour session in the nets with the bowling machine for you and your friends and team mates. Get ready for the new season

£50 or more

6 of 30 claimed

Matchday Sponsors price varies by team

Sponsor a game during the season. Saturday First eleven is £200, Second eleven is £150, Sunday side is £100 and sponsoring a Colts game is £50. See options to choose your preferred choice.

£100 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Need work in the garden ?

Four persons will come to your house for half a days work be it in the garden or cleaning away things in the house. Have work that you have always put off, well now you have people who will do it for you.

£300 or more

4 of 8 claimed

Pitchside advertising

Have your business advertised throughout the year at the club positioned around the ground. Prime positioned adverts are £500 the rest are £300. We have a lot of foot traffic throughout the year so this will be highly visible plus will be seen on our new website. See options to select your preferred choice.

£15 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Hanging Baskets - brighten up your outside

Hanging basket donated by one of our members

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A bottle of Champagne

Bottle of champagne to help celebrate that special moment or even just the end of lockdown. Bottles normally sell at £20

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

12 Bottles of Rebellion beer

Twelve bottles of Rebellion beer, either Red, Blonde or their new lager. Go to options to select your choice of beer. Normal RRP for these is £22.41

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Get your windows cleaned

Have Sam Porter who runs Window and Gutter cleaning come and do your windows and be ready for the summer. Normally costs £25

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Case of Marstons Pedigree

Case of Marstons Pedigree

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Meal for 2 at the Fox & Pheasant

Receive a voucher for a meal for two at the Fox & Pheasant in Stoke Poges. This would normally cost more than £30

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Meal for two at the Five Bells

Receive a voucher for a meal for two at the Five Bells in Burnham, this would normally be worth £30

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Do you like Chocolate

Chocolate Bouquet as last seen at the Andrew Strauss day. If you like chocolate you will love this

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

FRCC Cricket shirt with new sponsors logo

Get the new seasons cricket shirt with the ACS logo

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Do you like cakes ?

A local company called Piped Flower Bouquet make glorious cakes. On offer is a Piped Flower Bouquet, great for ignoring the calorie counter. Normal price for these would be £35

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

22 pint mini barrel from Rebellion

Voucher for 22 pint mini barrel from Rebellion. Ring them for your specific order. If you bought this directly from Rebellion it would cost you £41.84

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Children's party entertainer

Have an experienced chidren's party entertainer look after the children at their next Birthday party. Voucher will entitle you to £60 off the party price, so a discount of £30. This is supplied by Perfect Little Parties. Suitable for both boys and girls parties

£35 or more

4 of 4 claimed

16 gins for £35

Get a voucher for 16 gins at a very low price not seen for many years. Would normally cost £45. Does NOT include mixer - its for the gin only.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Personal coaching session with Marwan

One hour session with Marwan complete with Pitchvision membership. Be trained and watch the video over again afterwards. These would normally cost you £50 with Pitchvision

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Free MOT at Beeches Garage

Get a voucher for a free MOT at Beeches Garage, the normal price for this is £55

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Slough Town football shirt

A home or away Slough Town football shirt signed by you favourite player (if you would like their signature). normally retails above £40 without the signature

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Golf lesson with pro at Farnham Park

Does your golf swing need looking at. Spend an hour with the pro at Farnham Park, normally costs £50

£45 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Eighteen pints of beer for £45

Get eighteen vouchers for pints of beer at the Cricket club. Eighteen pints of any beer we have at the time. Maximum value would be £72. If you cannot drink it then but someone else a beer. Works out at £2.50 a pint, not seen those prices since the 90's. Beer kindly donated by Marstons

£60 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Four ball golf package

Four ball golf package available at five golf courses locally. Huntswood is £60, Farnham Park and Richings Park are £70, Burnham Beeches and Maidenhead are £100 with the newly refurbished The Caversham £120. These will be released in batches through the five week window. See options for this weeks offer. You golfers out there know that there are big discounts on the normal price.

£60 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Four ball golf package at Huntswood

Four ball golf voucher for Huntswood, this would normally £80+

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Four ball golf package at Richings Park

Voucher for a four ball at Richings Park, this would normally go for £100

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Four ball golf package for Farnham Park

Four ball voucher for a round at Farnham Park which would normally cost £100

£90 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Four Horse Racing tickets

Four tickets with a face value of £30 each valid for a race meeting at either Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Royal Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worcester They expire 31/12/2021

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Slough Town Football Club matchday package

Use of boardroom for two people before, during and after match. Seats in the main stand, name in the program, hot drinks and food and an alcoholic drink after the match. Once fixtures are published, pick your match. This would normally cost you more than £125

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Maidenhead golf package for four

Ticket for a four ball at maidenhead Golf club. This would normally retail above £150

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Painting and decorating for a day

Most of you know Turk, he runs his own building firm and is offering his services for a day for painting and decorating or any other work needed. His daily rate is normally £180

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personalised cricket bat

A personalised cricket bat provided by Brilliant Signs (a Farnham Royal company, normal RRP £150)

£120 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Caversham golf package

Four ball at the refurbished "The Caversham". Millions has been spent refurbishing the course. Enjoy

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Photo session with Gary

One hour photo shoot with Gary. This would normally cost you more than £150. Included in the price is one framed picture and five unframed ones, they do not need to be the same.

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Scorers Hut sponsor

Sponsor the scorers hut with your banner on the hut and another on the outfield

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Box at Lords for Twelve

A box at Lords for a cricket match, once restrictions are lifted. This has been donated to us by Marston brewery and includes all the beer and wine that you can drink. Please note that food is NOT included. The box holds twelve people. Details on match etc to follow once the Government allows spectators to attend live sport events.

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