About Our Club
New Earswick Cricket Club is situated a couple of miles to the north of York city centre. New Earswick is a model village built at the start of the 20th century by Joseph Rowntree to house his workers at the Rowntrees chocolate factory. The cricket club was founded in 1923 and moved to its current location in 1951 where it forms part of the wider New Earswick Sports & Social Club with other sports such as football, rugby, tennis and netball being played on the site.
The Sports Club is the umbrella organisation which manages the playing facilities, member sections are listed in the constitution. The role of the Sports Club is to provide suitable facilities for the growth and development of sports and their participation in the local area. The Sports Club also has a licenced bar which is used by sports teams after training and games, socially by local residents and can also be hired for parties and other events.
The cricket club is a member of the Hunters Yorkshire Premier League North with two adult teams playing in the regional divisions of this competition. We also have a thriving junior section with All Stars and Dynamos cricket being played at the club as well as having U9, U11 and U13 teams playing in the York and District Junior Cricket League and a U19 team who play in a knock out tournament. In all we have over 100 playing and social members with over half being juniors. In addition York St John University play their home games at New Earswick as do Tang Hall Tigers in the Foss Evening League.
Why are we doing this?
Increase participation in cricket
Improve mental health and physical well being
Provide a community resource
We have successfully grown our junior section from nothing over the past six years using All Stars as the embryo to transform the clubs’ future. We now have cricket being played on most nights during the week, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. We did have an all weather net facility some time ago which was built by ourselves but it was never really fit for purpose so the net structure was removed and used as a roll on net so that we could practice on the square, we now have a newer better roll on net which we use for this. Not having all weather practice facilities significantly reduces the amount of cricket coaching that we can offer as any rain means that we have to cancel as we cannot play on the square. Having an all weather facility will mean that we have to cancel far fewer sessions due to the weather. It also means that coaching can take place whilst matches are taking place on the grass pitches.
Over the past few years we have transformed the facilities with a refurbishment of the club house and changing facilities, the addition of an electronic scoreboard, roll on covers and new sight screens. The addition of an all weather net facility is the final piece of the jigsaw which will allow us to continue to grow and offer cricket to even more children and adults in the local area.
During the last 18 months it has not been possible to rent our usual indoor facilities, a local school sports hall, due to covid so we have been unable to offer any cricket coaching apart from that which takes place on the ground during the season April – September since March 2020. Having our own outdoor all weather facility will mean that we will not be in this position again and can continue to coach all year round.
When we have been able to train during the pandemic the benefits of playing cricket for children and adults has become even more apparent than previously. It has provided mental and physical stimulation in a safe and welcoming environment. The All Stars and Junior cricket played last summer was the highlight of the week, a chance for families to forget about covid, play sport and most importantly have fun.
With the Cricket Club marking its centenary in 2023 we want to have the new nets facility installed by this time so the the Centenary Nets can be open and ready to start the second hundred years of New Earswick Cricket Club
What we are looking to fund
Two Lane All Weather Cricket Net
We are looking to fund the creation of a quality two lane all weather practice facility which will allow us to deliver much more coaching sessions to adult and junior members of the cricket club. We currently have five coaches and two of our junior players have completed their junior coach courses. We are looking to increase our number of coaches so that we can add more sessions which will take place in the new facilties.
We have a number of sponsorship opportunities which are identified in the ‘Rewards’ section, these are available now and will go live as soon as they are taken up.
What will it mean to the Cricket Club
Training facility operational for 12 months a year
Further expansion of the junior section
Opportunity to offer ladies and girls only sessions
This will mean that we can offer more opportunities for children and adults take part in cricket from first off beginners at All Stars from 5 years old to our oldest adult players. Below are some photos of our training sessions and teams in action.
Please Help Us!
The Sports Club and Cricket Club are working hard to raise the funding required to install the nets which is in the region of £35,000 but recognise the power of crowd funding and its ability to reach a wider audience. Every penny that we raise will be spent on the nets and playing facilities and will transform our ability to offer cricket in the area.
Your donation, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated and our heartfelt thanks go to you as we work towards hitting our target.
Note - we have extended our fundraising duration by 20 days in order to work with Sport England to obtain matched funding.
We have been featured in the Yorkshire Evening Press - see story below.