Bishop's Cleeve Community Sports Hub

Bishop's Cleeve Community Sports Hub

Bishop's Cleeve Community Sports Hub

We did it
On 1st April 2021 we successfully raised £23,162 with 430 supporters in 42 days

We want to build a modern community sports hub in Bishop's Cleeve to enable inclusive and accessible sport for all in Gloucestershire

New stretch target

Amazing – we've hit our first target and we can't thank everyone enough. The supporters, our coaches, players, local businesses and the community of Bishop's Cleeve. And Sport England who made a £6,000 pledge of their own to support our project. Too many people to mention. We simply could not have achieved this without every single one of you, so thank you from us all.

But let's keep this going. We still have a funding gap to bridge so it's important we push on and see how far we can go with this campaign. Check out our fantastic rewards and keep spreading the word, far and wide!

Our ground at Kayte Lane is suffering.

The pitch is currently blighted by drainage issues and is generally unplayable for a large part of the winter, preventing us from using it for youth football and wider community activities.

Making football – and sport – accessible to everyone in the Bishop's Cleeve and surrounding area is at the heart of everything we do but the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been devastating for our club, both in financial and social terms. 

The current situation has been a major setback for our plans to develop a modern community sports hub for everyone in our local area but there's a funding gap to complete the project, and we're hoping to raise as much as we can through this initiative.

So we're trying something different with Crowdfunder, where we can reward you for your support because we want to achieve this together as a community. We want to try and give back as much as we can and we have created this campaign with various rewards to say 'thank you' for your support.

Check out the local businesses that are supporting us with rewards on this page including Weird Fish, Collicutt Meats and Danny's Cafe and Bakery. And we have also enlisted the help of former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe and Gareth Southgate, the England manager, to launch it. You can watch Lee's video message below.

A club for everyone in its community

Almost every family in Bishop's Cleeve will probably know someone who has been involved with the club over the past 116 years.

Like many grassroots sports organisations, we are run by a team of volunteers that work tirelessly to establish a local club and facility for the village to enjoy without ever taking a wage, or making any money. 

The club is run on a shoestring and without the continued support from local businesses and loyal members of the public it would have been difficult to continue.

But now we need the support of our wider community to help create an organisation for future generations to enjoy.


This new community facility is designed for everyone and each year almost 500 young players from Bishop'e Cleeve alone will use the facility alongside other local teams, schools and businesses. 

The following organisations have already committed to using the hub:


A team effort – how to play your part

There are four ways you can help us make this crowdfunding campaign a success.

1. Pledge your support for our new facility. We have produced a host of rewards on this page to thank you for your support. 

2. Spread the word about our campaign. The further and wider we share the message about what we're doing, the more chance we have of making it a success. Please tell your friends, family and colleagues and share it on your social media pages.

3. Can you help us? If you're a local business and want to get involved to support us with rewards, get in touch. They could be meals, goodie boxes, MOTs, anything! We want to work with our community to offer supporters real value.

4. Join us with keepy-up challenge – let's have some fun! We want everyone in our community to try and do a few (or more!), film it and nominate someone else to take part. Then share your video and ask people to support us! We hope this will help our campaign to be seen far and wide on social media.


What the future holds

Simply put, our current grass pitch can't accommodate the increasing demand for player participation from all of the playing groups from the men, women and youth team – boys and girls – plus the disability sides.

So we are embarking on major and exciting improvements to our facility, replacing the floodlit grass pitch with a 100m x 64m 3G artificial turf pitch while improving the flood lighting and car parking facilities.

At present the club has 30 mini soccer and youth teams, four men's 11-a-side teams and one women's 11-a-side team, providing football opportunities for 650 children and adults with an ambition to increase to 45 teams over the next five years.



Project costs

The total cost of this project is £771,000 and we have submitted a number of funding applications to help us reach our target, but as it stands our challenge is to raise a further ~£90,000 to bridge the gap.

We have set ourselves an initial target of £20,000 through Crowdfunder but we want to see how far we can get with your help.

We have the plans, the permissions and the project team. We're determined to complete this project and make a big difference to our local community and we are ready to go.  

But we need your help to 'pitch in' and help us get this project over the 'touch line'. Together we can do this through Crowdfunder.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

31 of 250 claimed

Community prize draw and Wall of Fame

As well as an entry into our big community prize draw, your name will be placed on the Wall of Fame in the clubhouse forever. Prizes include golfing and racing experiences, meals for two, a signed England shirt, a signed copy of Gareth Southgate's book, a signed Cheltenham Town shirt and various tickets. The draw will take place at the first home league match of the 2021/22 season. Date to be advised.

£8 or more

Big breakfast pack (RRP £10)

A super breakfast pack from our friends at Andy Hill & Sons Butchers (2 The Green, Bishop's Cleeve). Thank you for your support!

£10 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Full English at Danny's Cafe and Bakery

Danny's Cafe and Bakery in Church Road are supporting our campaign, offering 20 vouchers for a full English breakfast. Thank you for your amazing support!

£10 or more

A £15 bar voucher

Save a fiver on a £15 bar voucher to use at the club, when we re-open.

£20 or more

3 of 8 claimed

Weird Fish clothing voucher (limited to 8 RRP £25)

One of eight vouchers for Casual clothing for men and women. Great quality lifestyle clothing – hard wearing and great for everyday wear from Weird Fish clothing online.

£25 or more

Use our community space (RRP £100)

Bring your community group, business or organisation to our community space at Kayte Lane, taking advantage of our facilities in Bishop's Cleeve.

£35 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Matchday mascot

Accompany the first team on to the pitch. Reward includes 2 match tickets (1 adult and 1 junior), a BCFC badged Beanie and a souvenir photograph. There are 11 mascots per home match and plenty of dates to choose from in the 2021/2022 season.

£50 or more

2 of 250 claimed

Win North Stand naming rights

One lucky person will have their name chosen and will become the name on the North Stand for next season. Your name will be added to the ‘Wall of Fame’ in the clubhouse plus entry into the community prize draw, and a supporters pin badge.

£50 or more

2 of 250 claimed

Win South Stand naming rights

One lucky person will have their name chosen and will become the name on the South Stand for next season. Your name will be added to the ‘Wall of Fame’ in the clubhouse plus entry into the community prize draw, and a supporters pin badge.

£50 or more

2 of 150 claimed

Presentation evening with Lee Sharpe

Join us at Kayte Lane for our annual 2021/22 awards presentation evening with our special guest, former Manchester United and England star Lee Sharpe. There will be other guests and pub grub on the night, and your name will also be placed on the Wall of Fame in the clubhouse and includes entry into the community prize draw.

£100 or more

9 of 130 claimed

Your seat forever

Claim your seat forever, and get added to the Wall of Fame in the stadium. Also includes entry into the community prize draw. Don’t miss the opportunity to become a part of this fantastic project with your own personalised plaque displayed permanently at the ground.

£250 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Become a business supporter

Your name and company logo to be displayed and advertised for five years on the Business Wall of Fame in the Stadium, for everyone to see. Plus season tickets for three staff or people directly associated with your business for season 2021/2022. There will be over 1,700 users per week of the new artificial pitch!

£3,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Become our 2021/22 kit sponsor

Fully badged kit sponsorship for season 2021/2020. Also become a 'Business Wall of Fame' supporter with your business displayed and advertised at the new facility for five years, plus five 2021/2022 season tickets.

£10,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bishop's Cleeve Community Room – lead sponsor

A five-year packaged sponsorship of the Community Room at Kayte Lane. A great opportunity to promote your business in and around the local community with over 1,700 users per week of the new facility. The community room will be in use seven days a week. For full details please contact David Walker at [email protected]

£5 or more

8 of 8 claimed

Fish and chips supper (RRP £8.50)

A delicious fish and chips supper from our friends at Queens Fish and Chips in Bishop's Cleeve (GL52 8PX)

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Colly's meat vouchers (RRP £20)

Support the club's Crowdfunder by purchasing one of 10 vouchers for Collicutt Meats, a local business run by our manager Paul Collicutt.

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