Matlock Cricket Club
We did it
On 30th September 2020 we successfully raised £16,012 ( + est. £1024.50 Gift Aid ) with 112 supporters in 77 days

We aim to redevelop our ageing facilities and encourage more people in our community to play cricket and become more physically active.

by Matlock Cricket Club in Matlock, England, United Kingdom

A long history and a vision for the future

The small Derbyshire town of Matlock has had a cricket club since 1858, and the game continues to be played here with passion and enjoyment. We've had great players here in that time, including former internationals, such as Derek Randall, capped by England on many occasions in the 1970s and 1980s.

Most importantly though, it has been home-grown talent and volunteer support which has sustained the club for more than 160 years.


The impact of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has put sport in perspective, given the impact on those families who have lost loved ones. But the effect has been felt across communities and in their sports organisations, which provide opportunities for local people to engage in physical activity, as well as providing a focal point for social interaction.

As well as the loss of sporting activity for children and adults alike, our whole town has taken a significant economic hit during the lockdown period. Matlock is a popular destination for tourists and visitors, so its economic activity has been adversely affected over the past few months. 

The visitor economy is also a vital income stream for the cricket club, which has allowed visitors to park on the the outfield on non-matchdays, charging a small fee. This in the past has helped has helped the club to meet general maintenance and revenue costs, such as the upkeep of facilities. 

With the restrictions on travel during the lockdown, and the lack of visitors in the town the club lost this vital and significant source of funds, which it can't hope to replace this summer.. 

Our development

Although the club's income has been substantially reduced, we are still determined to create an inspirational environment for people of all ages and abilities from across our community to try and take part in cricket, increase their activity levels - while still able to socially distance - and improve their physical and mental health, make new friends, raise confidence and self-esteem, and play the game to a high level, if that is what they aspire to do.

We aim to do this by raising money from within our community and beyond to help us access available match funding from agencies which support sporting and physical activity in the UK.

The club is expanding its junior section by enabling local children to try and enjoy cricket for the first time through the ECB's All Stars programme, and had just celebrated the first season for our new ladies softball team. We are keen to encourage more women and girls to take up the sport.



We would also like our club to be a place where disability cricket can be played and enjoyed in what we believe is one of the most picturesque grounds in the region.

Our proposal

Our proposal is to create new changing rooms to replace our ageing facilities (as can be seen in the pictures below), which are more accessible and truly suitable - particularly when social distancing may be with us for some time - for players of all ages, genders and abilities. 



The lockdown has also helped us appreciate the importance of our community and we want to provide facilities that we hope can be used by local people throughout the year for a range of functions and events with the eventual refurbishment and expansion of our old wooden clubhouse (pictured below).


Your help

To unlock the funds we need from funding agencies, we must raise the other 50%, and this is why we are making this appeal to you now.

Thanks to generous support already provided by local business and organisations we are able to offer a fantastic selection of rewards for donations to our Crowdfunder appeal.

 Thank you for your interest. We very much hope we can count on your support.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£275 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£275 Reward

£200 discount on seven-night stay in a holiday cottage in Bakewell (worth £475), courtesy of Andrew Paulett

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Public message of gratitude on the Matlock CC Twitter and Facebook channels

£8 or more

3 of 100 claimed

£8 Reward

Commemorative Matlock Cricket Club badge

£12 or more

0 of 40 claimed

£12 Reward

Lucky dip discount voucher of up to £20 for table for four at selected local restaurants

£15 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£15 Reward

Limited edition illustrated and signed 2021 Countryside calendar

£20 or more

£20 Reward

One season Matlock Cricket Club membership including two free drinks

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

Hand painted bone china mugs depicting Hall Leys Park, created by local artist Sarah Parkin

£30 or more

15 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

Three bottles of limited edition Matlock CC Legends beer in a presentation holder. Nationwide delivery. Over 18s only.

£40 or more

12 of 100 claimed

£40 Reward

Three bottles of Matlock CC Legends wine in presentation holder. UK-wide delivery, courtesy of the French Wine People.Over 18s only.

£50 or more

7 of 100 claimed

£50 Reward

A year's entry to Club 100, with monthly prize of £100 and an annual draw, with a first prize of £1,000.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

£200 discount of any new driveway installation, donated by AKA Construction, within 15 miles radius of Matlock.

£140 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£140 Reward

Two nights accommodation at award winning Sheriff Lodge B&B in Matlock (usual value £190).

£150 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£150 Reward

Weekend hire of a Mercedes sports car (conditions apply), courtesy of Inchcape Mercedes, Nottingham.

£250 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£250 Reward

An honorary member's board in the newly refurbished clubhouse and free drink at each visit to the club

£500 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

Private room booking and meal for 10 people (socially distanced) at Matlock's famous Maazi restaurant

£750 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£750 Reward

Seat at the Matlock Cricket Club ground inscribed with donor's name and message.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£75 Reward

Kookaburra cricket bat (rrp £129.99) donated by Kick Off Sports, Matlock.

£90 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£90 Reward

A round of golf for four at Matlock Golf Club.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

An opportunity to open the batting for Matlock CC's midweek team alongside club captain Ed Lander

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