Funding to combat the impact of COVID-19 on KECC

by Jeff Sheldon in Gallowstree Common, England, United Kingdom


£22,500 stretch target 23 days left
142% 123 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th December 2020 at 12:53pm

Your support will help secure the financial survival of a friendly community club, and help us invest in future improvements.

by Jeff Sheldon in Gallowstree Common, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Should we raise extra money we will look to further invest in the ground at Crowmarsh Gifford for the benefit of the Junior and Senior sections.

Welcome to the KECC Crowdfunder. 


Affiliated to Berkshire CCC & the ECB. We hold ECB ClubMark status and have an appointed Child Welfare Officer endorsing our work in the safeguarding of children. 

We pride ourselves on being a diverse and inclusive cricket club with a strong focus on family, fun & friendship. We provide junior cricket starting with All Stars, have four senior Saturday teams playing in the Thames Valley Cricket League, Sunday friendly fixtures and a midweek T20 side. We are pleased to offer accessible inclusive cricket for all ages and abilities. 

Our ground at Gallowstree Common is one of the most idyllic in the region with a recently completed new pavilion. The ground is kept by a tireless group of volunteers of all ages and is a great testament to their hard work.




Following the closure of the local pub, this summer KECC opened our doors to the local community providing families and friends a safe place to play, drink, eat and most importantly have fun during a difficult summer.  

With help and funding to improve the facilities we aim to play an ever growing role in the provision of sport and leisure in the community.  


Understanding the impact COVID-19 was having on people and their mental health following lockdown we opened "THE PAVILION BAR" to the community. The aim was to provide a place for everyone to safely enjoy themselves with friends and family. The club delivered a safe cashless outdoor bar with app ordering and top class food vendors. The bar also helped local food vendors during a summer with no festivals and events running. No pitch fees were charged as we saw the benefits of people being able to leave the house for some great food. This initiative has exposed us to the wider community and helped raise our profile.


This season saw cricket return to Crowmarsh Gifford recreation ground for the first time in 5 years. The clubs 3rd and new this year 4th teams play at this lovely ground every Saturday. Having not been used for a number of years the club set to work in January painting the sight screen and setting to work on the square. The lower teams are a vital part of the club seeing junior players transition to senior cricket.

Bringing cricket back to an area where a handful of clubs have folded in recent years is something we are very proud of. It is the aim of KECC to use the ground on Sundays for both senior and junior cricket. 

Taking on a second ground to provide cricket for more players does come at a cost. We have invested in professional end of season renovation and repairs to the square at just under £2000. In a season so drastically impacted this was very hard to fund. However it is vital to improve all the playing facilities if we are to survive and grow.


The junior section is the life blood of our cricket club. This year saw us deliver 10 weeks of junior cricket on Mondays. Tuesdays and Friday evening to over 80 children. All coaching was provided by volunteers from the clubs senior section as well as parents. 

Boys and girls ages 4 and above start with ECB All Stars and move up the age groups to eventually start playing in the senior teams. One of the main reasons behind crowdfunding to help us against the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19 is to improve the practice nets. Nets play a vital role in children improving their techniques and preparing for games. Our aim is to provide the very best possible facilities for the children to learn, grow and have fun.


As a small cricket club in a South Oxfordshire leafy hamlet we are always looking for ways to attract new players and much needed sponsorship to keep the club running. Late this summer one such opportunity arose, it is called FrogBox. 

FrogBox is a way of live streaming club cricket to the internet for anyone anywhere in the world to enjoy. The players were so enthused at the thought of being able to watch their performances on TV they started a crowdfunding page and raised the money in a week. Fingers crossed this appeal is as successful (it will be with your support).

Aside from the obvious advantages to the players as a club we see this as a vital tool to raise yearly sponsorship revenue and increase our digital footprint.

You can read the whole story here : KECC & Frogbox  


This year would have been the third and biggest year for our joint charity fundraising and community event "Around the Boundary". Sadly the global COVID-19 pandemic meant we were forced to cancel. This was heartbreaking for the volunteers planning and running the event.  

The aim of Around the Boundary is to raise much needed funds for two local charities Kidmore End Cricket Club and The Chris Bevington Foundation.

Jeff Sheldon, Kidmore End Cricket Chairman & Organiser said of Around The Boundary ‘I’m very excited to have such great foodies and musicians at the cricket club for a cause that’s so close and important to us. It’s all about building for the community and continued provision of a top class sports and leisure destination’

Local resident Jez Felwick runs The Bowler Meatballs food truck and is curating the food at the event. Jez is excited to be working on a community focused event which has ambition, quality & a wide appeal, as it will be a key fundraiser for local charities, as well as a new charity he is involved in setting up called The Chris Bevington Foundation.

Chris Bevington, was the British man who was tragically killed in the Stockholm Terror Attack on 7th April 2017. Jez was Chris's best man and is the godfather to one of his sons. He worked for Spotify and loved music. The Chris Bevington Foundation is a charity set up in his name by his friends and family. We raise & distribute our funds to improve the lives of young people through the positive power of music. We are currently funding existing projects with youth/music charities. These include Reading charity Readipop, as well as Brighton based Rhythmix & Audioactive. We hope to be developing our own CBF projects with them if our fundraising is a success.

The event supports local artists, food vendors, producers and brewers giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents alongside some of the biggest names in the music business. 

We hope to be back for 2021 to have a much needed party with the local community and this space. 


Sadly, the Coronavirus crisis has hit the Club hard. The cricket club and all it’s activities are funded solely through memberships, match fees, donations, the profit it makes from the bar and fundraising events.

Due to COVID-19 we only played half a season in 2020. We were not able to run our annual charity music festival "Around the Boundary" or any of our normal fundraising events which are a vital lifeline for the club. We also saw massive reductions in match fees (£4000) and subscription revenues (£4275) compared to a full season but sadly no reduction in expenditure to run the club. Had we been able to run the bar for six months we could have potentially raised another £8,000. COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the clubs ability to fund much needed improvement projects, we had planned to help ensure the sustainability of the club. With no events looking likely in the near future or grants to cover what we have lost we are crowdfunding to secure the future of the club and make these improvements happen.




Practice net refurbishment to benefit the junior and senior sections

Extra junior coaching equipment & balls

New sight screens for Gallowstree Common (main ground)

Covers for Crowmarsh Gifford (3s & 4s ground)

Vital running repairs to our ground machinery

Pressure washer to keep everything clean 

Projector & TV for main room to watch live streamed club matches and aid coaching


We hope to gain some additional funding from Sport England which generously supports similar fund raising campaigns for clubs like ours following the impact of COVID-19.

All donations of any size are massively appreciated and much needed. Thanks so much for taking the time to read about why we are crowdfunding and thanks for your support. 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

8 of 70 claimed

Sponsor the balls for a TVCL League Game

Pick a team (1,2,3,or 4) and buy us the balls for a home game. League balls are a massive outlay for the club and sponsoring a balls me we can focus money in other areas.

£5 or more

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Aspen Hill Rosé 2017

100% Grenache from Spain that is elegant and stuffed with bright red fruit flavours. Value £6.49

£10 or more

14 of 20 claimed

Sponsor a Junior Game

A great opportunity to sponsor one of the junior matches in 2021. We will add your name to the sponsors board at the match. Personal & Business sponsors welcome

£15 or more

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Discounted "Around the Boundary" adult tickets

Buy now have fun later...your chance to secure discounted tickets for the next "Around the Boundary" music festival (date for 2021 TBC). Face value of an adult day ticket is £25.00

£30 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Discounted full bat repair and refurbishment

Get your bat in for a full pre-season repair and refurbishment by the master bat makers at REAPER CRICKET. Value of £40.00

£50 or more

0 of 2 claimed

2 hours private History tuition

2 hours private one to one History tuition with James Frost (Pangbourne College Head of History) or Joe Holloran (Sir William Borlase's Grammar School) . Value of £74. Please let us know what you want to focus on.

£50 or more

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2 hours private Sociology tuition

2 hours of private Sociology tuition with Mark New (Charters School). Value £74. Please let us know what you want to focus on.

£70 or more

5 of 20 claimed

Reduced 2021 Adult Subscription

Pledge now and save £20 on your 2021 season subscription. Only 10 available so be quick. Value £90.00

£100 or more

£100 or more and receive a KECC Polo Shirt

Pledge £100 or more to our core development projects and you will receive a KECC polo shirt

£3,000 or more

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Sponsorship of roll on covers at Crowmarsh

Sponsorship of the roll on covers at Crowmarsh Gifford Recreation Ground. The covers will be on the ground May to September offering a business unbeatable exposure in the local community.

£4 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A tray of home baked brownies

Always a crowd favourite. Your own tray of baked brownies. Go on...treat yourself

£5 or more

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Practice Cricket Ball

You will receive a brand new high quality practice ball from Wintech Sports. RRP £10.00

£5 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Bottle of Malbec or Rose

A bottle of Tesco Finest Malbec - Value of £8 Aspen Hill Rosé 2017 100% Grenache from Spain that is elegant and stuffed with bright red fruit flavours. Value £6.49

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

England Rugby Supporters White Beanie

England Rugby Supporters White Beanie. Value £12.00

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Barón de Barbón Oak Aged Rioja 2018

Classic Tempranillo with all the hallmark, velvety, toasty flavours that have made Rioja such a hit. The grapes come from the old vineyards of Rioja Alavesa, rare in such a modestly priced wine, and key to its popularity and Trophy winning history. Value £12.99

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Full length premium cricket bat case

Full length premium bat case from REAPER CRICKET. Classic design in all black only carrying the head logo. Value £12.00

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Sainsbury Voucher

Snap up a £10 voucher to spend at Sainsbury on whatever you fancy

£8 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£10 Caversham Butcher Voucher

Award winning local community butcher serving more than just meat. Spend the voucher on sausages, bacon, scotch eggs or an array of amazing sauces and cakes

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Waitrose Voucher

Waitrose Gift Vouchers - For the finest food and more Spend in 300+ UK stores, and John Lewis too. Value £10.00

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Gift Boxed Dartington Gin Time It's Gin O'Clock

Dartington Gin Time It's Gin O'Clock has a large bowl and long stem which is ideal for mixing a G&T, with plenty of space for ice and a garnish infusion. The perfect gift for gin lovers! This glass boasts a 640ml capacity and carries a colourful gin related phrase that will raise a smile every time you use this glass. Comes supplied in an attractive presentation tin. Value £15.00

£11 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Limehouse Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 70Cl

Sweet & tangy rhubarb balanced with a lingering warmth of ginger for an intensely aromatic gin, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Inspired by the colourful history of London's East End, Limehouse is produced with care by pioneering experts at the UK's foremost gin distillery. Handcrafted using the finest botanicals Suitable for vegetarians. Value £15.00

£12 or more

1 of 1 claimed

H Valrasque Chateauneuf Du Pape 75Cl

This Chateauneuf du Pape has a dark ruby red colour and aromas of black fruits, olives and spice. The palate is rich and full-bodied with flavours of blackberries, liquorice and cinnamon. Value £18.00

£18 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Swaadish Curry Sauce 6 Pack

A 6 pack of award winning premium craft curry sauces from local business SWAADISH. Value £23.70

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Champ Sports Test Batting Glove (Mens RH)

Top quality mens batting glove with pittards leather palms. Value £65.00

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A days specialist fishing on a private syndicate

A money can't buy day out fishing on a private stretch of the River Kennet. Learn techniques and tactics from an experienced fisherman (Previously Chairman of Barbel Catchers Club).

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Reduced junior 2021 membership

A one off reduction from the normal junior membership fee of £80.00

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3s v 4s derby naming rights & engraving on trophy

Your chance to have the naming rights for the 3s v 4s derby matches and be immortalised on the trophy forever

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Door hanging by AH Carpentry

Need a new door hanging or planning to get one? AH Carpentry will bring their expert services. Value £150

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 x 1 hour specialist batting coaching sessions

Batting coaching sessions (plus bowling machine) with one of our ECB Level 2 coaches. Value of £90.00

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Logo on all home game FrogBox live streams

Main sponsor for all streamed home games of the 2021 season including all TVCL Saturday matches. Increase your businesses reach whilst making a big contribution to the club.

Let's make 'Funding to combat the impact of COVID-19 on KECC' happen

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