Hythe CSC 2020 Survival Fund

by Hythe Cricket & Squash Club in Hythe, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th October 2020 we successfully raised £26,001 with 179 supporters in 43 days

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

by Hythe Cricket & Squash Club in Hythe, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The last 3 weeks have been incredible.  We have gone from seriously worrying about survival beyond the end of the year to daring to draw up plans for expansion. Thank you to everyone who has made this turn around possible.  Thank you to members, friends, families, local residents and businesses, and to people unconnected with the Club who have so generously given their support. 

Encouraged by this vote of confidence in the Club, we have set a new target.

Raising £20,000 has not only made the Club financially secure again, but has engaged members with a whole range of professional skills in the process of planning for the future.  If we raise another £5000 we can launch a project team to actually start work on improvements to the clubhouse and grounds.  

We have until 3rd October to reach our new target with some great rewards and membership packages still available.  Please keep spreading the word and support the Club if you can.  

THANKYOU!


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Who We Are & What We Do

Founded in 1856, the Club serves the Hythe community and surrounding rural areas. We have cricket, squash, racketball and football teams, indoor bowls and a golf society, and partner clubs offer pilates, singing, yoga and a running club on our site. Members come from all walks of life and range in age from 6 to 87.  We offer a warm welcome to anyone wanting to play sport and enjoy the social activities and support that comes with being part of a friendly club.

The Club is run by a volunteer management committee, and while we employ a fantastic bar manager and three very part-time bar staff, all sporting activities and social events are run and organised by volunteers, and much of the Club maintenance is completed by volunteers.  

We've maintained Clubmark Status (Sport England's national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs) for the past 15 years.

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Why We Need Your Support

Our club policy is to keep fees low to enable everyone to play sport without financial barriers, so in 'normal' times most of our income comes from community boot fairs and summer functions and events. This year we lost close to £30,000 in income. It costs nearly £7000 a month to run the club and maintain the grounds and pitches, so while expenditure has been cut to a minimum, survival over the winter will be a real challenge.

Before Covid we were working on plans to update the clubhouse, to potentially increase the number of squash courts, to make changing facilities more comfortable, to protect our pitches from some of the damage experienced in recent years, and to increase the capacity for community use of the building and grounds.  We need your support to survive the winter, so we can generate income again next summer, and resume our improvement plans.

If you can help us recoup our losses and keep going this year, next year we can work towards:

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Contributing to the Community

Our facilities are open for community use - you may well walk or run on our grounds, or have visited the club for a boot fair, wedding or party. The Club hosts an annual community fireworks and bonfire night, and you might have had a good laugh at our floats in the Hythe Venetian Fete, or cheered club runners across the line in the Round The Houses Run. Members actively support local charities, most recently The Rainbow Run in support of the NHS.

We've built partnerships with local schools and community organisations, particularly Shepway Sports Trust, and have loved hosting Kent School Games events for primary school children.  

This year we began a new partnership with 'The Shed', a project offering bike hire and cycle journeys for people with learning disabilities.  We look forward to welcoming them on site shortly.

While we are on the edge of a financial cliff now, the club has survived bombing in World War II, a devastating fire in 2004... so we are determined to survive Covid in 2020.  

Please support us by donating or choosing a reward - every pound will count.

Thank you

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Donation

Please donate to support your Club. If every member and supporter gave £10 or more we'd be well on our way to our target.

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Squash or Racketball Introductory Session

Always wanted to try squash or racketball? Enjoy a one-to-one 1 hour introductory session with an experienced player, equipment provided.

£10 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Cricket Net Session

Not played cricket for a while and want to get back into the game? Watched your kids/partner play and want to have a go yourself? Got a shot or delivery you'd like to work on? Enjoy a one-to-one 1 hour training session in the nets with an experienced player. Equipment provided. Great gift for an aspiring cricketer!

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Garden Tour

Pledge £10 per person, and enjoy a personal tour of Churchfield and West Court Lodge Gardens, with a free plant to take home. These local National Garden Scheme gardens recently featured on a BBC Kent Gardening Programme. A treat for any gardener!

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Club Bar Token

Receive a £10 token to spend in our bar, and a free spirit and mixer. Token must be used in a single visit before the end of October 2020.

£20 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Squash Coaching Session

Whether you are a complete beginner or squash veteran, advice from an experienced coach could lift your game! Enjoy a 1 hour one-to-one session with a qualified coach. Great gift for an aspiring squash player!

£25 or more

14 of 25 claimed

Social Membership 2021

Pledge £25 or more to secure your social membership for 2021, and qualify for entry into a prize draw to win a £20 drinks voucher to spend in our bar.

£25 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Junior Cricket Kit Package

Young cricketers grow fast and new kit is expensive, so why not reuse and recycle? Pledge £25 to receive a minimum of 3 items from our second hand stock (bat, pads, gloves, kit bag, clothing etc). We'll include a new ball, and a voucher for a new bat grip from 'The Sports Hub' specialist cricket shop. Items will depend on size and availability, but one of our coaches will be on hand to help you choose and fit the kit to suit you.

£25 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Garden Consultancy Service

Enjoy a 2 hour visit to your garden from a professional horticulturalist, and benefit from horticultural advice and plant identification. A personal gardeners' question time!

£40 or more

9 of 15 claimed

New Multi-Sport Member Special Offer

Join the club as a multi-sport member until the end of 2020. Pledge £40 and we'll get in touch to register you as a member and welcome you to the club. We are a covid safe club, so usual range of sporting competition is limited this year, but there are opportunities to play squash, racketball, football & cricket. Use the 'contact project' button if you'd like more information.

£50 or more

12 of 20 claimed

Adult Cricket/Football Membership 2021

Pledge £50 to secure your football or cricket membership for 2021 and qualify for entry into a prize draw to win a £30 drinks voucher to spend in our bar. Draw to take place on 10th October at the Club.

£50 or more

Facilities Hire Voucher

Pledge £50 or more for a voucher to use against future hire of the club facilities. Great gift for a friend wanting a party venue, or for a local club/charity you'd like to support to hold a meeting or class. Perhaps your company could hire the ground for a cricket or rounders match or team building event? Contact Tobie on 07584283611 to discuss your requirements.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A Reward for your Garden

2 experienced gardeners will be at your service for 2 hours if you pledge to receive this reward. Imagine the difference mowing, trimming, pruning, and tidying could make to your garden!

£100 or more

36 of 50 claimed

Adult Squash/Racketball Membership 2021

Pledge £100 to secure your squash/racketball membership for 2021 and qualify for entry into a prize draw to win a court lights voucher worth £50.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Annual Banner Advertisement Special Offer

Support the club and promote your company on a banner advertisement (76cm x 183cm) installed at the ground for the 2021 season. Contact Chairman Philip Carter on 07813 939169 to discuss your requirements.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Sponsorship Package Special Offer

Advertise your business and demonstrate your company commitment to the local community with a sponsorship package. Includes banner adverts in prominent areas of the ground, feature on club website/handbook, and rolling ad on clubhouse TV screens. Contact Chairman Philip Carter on 07813 939169 to discuss your requirements.

£1 or more

285 of 285 claimed

Club Raffle

Tickets £1 a strip (5 tickets). Fabulous prizes include vouchers for John Lewis, Loaf, The Holy Pundit, The Bell, Gingers Kitchen, The Everest Inn, The Butt of Sherry & Truly Scrumptious. There are wine & cheese, port and beer hampers, massage and hair treatments, homemade cake/desserts and golf club 4 ball vouchers. Draw 6-8pm 26th September. Tickets can be collected from the bar, or issued to you by email on 25th September.

£8 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Aldi Voucher

Support the Club, and receive a £10 voucher to spend in the Hythe branch of Aldi.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Kentish Cobnuts

Receive 10lbs of Kentish Cobnuts from a local producer. Enjoy a traditional Kent product, at a very special price! (RRP £35)

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Christmas Cake

Pledge £20 and treat your family to a large handmade Christmas Cake - delicious!

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Luxury Massage

Reward yourself or a friend to a back, neck and shoulder massage with Leanne from House of Beauty. Can you feel the stress slipping away already....

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Gardener for a Day

Receive one day's work in your garden from an award winning gardener from Hythe Garden Landscapes. Give your garden a treat!

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