New outdoor practice net facility

by Arif Ahmad in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

£6,582

 
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+ est. £1341.00
£20,000 target 20 days left
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This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 8th February 2021 at 6:30pm

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by Arif Ahmad in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Club background

New Rover Cricket Club is a vibrant, community based club based in North Leeds. We are members of the Aire-Wharfe league.

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We have always had successful adult teams, helped by some excellent facilities, particularly the cricket square is renowned as one of the better ones in the league.

In recent years, we have put a lot of effort into developing our junior section, helped initially by the All Stars programme.  From a standing start, and despite the disruption from COVID-19 during 2020, we had a number of firsts: we fielded four U9s side on the same day and up to three U11 teams.  Our U9 team won their local section of the condensed league season for the second year in a row.

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We now have over 100 children registered under the age of 11 and we look forward to the return, when circumstances allow, of Friday evening training sessions, when the club is buzzing with youngsters.

The opportunities for junior development are in turn is helping our adult teams, and for the first time in 2020 we fielded an adult Sunday 3rd XI which gave some of our talented juniors opportunities to shine. Our 2nd X1 regularly fielded a number of our juniors, the youngest of whom were 12!

For 2021, we will also have a Saturday 3rd XI, making four adult teams in total.

We have a diverse membership, with c. 30% of our members being BAME.  For 2021, 3 of our 4 adult teams will be captained by a player from a BAME background.  We also have increasing numbers of female players, particularly in the junior section.

The benefits of cricket

Playing cricket is shown to have many benefits:

  • Health and mental wellbeing benefits associated with outdoor sports
  • Coordination is improved, particularly hand/eye coordination
  • Social benefits from being a team sport
  • Inclusion, both gender and ethnicity

The project

The extra numbers of adult and junior members we have mean that our practice facilities are in urgent need of upgrade.  

Our current practice net facilities are over 20 years old and showing signs of wear and tear, which means that they are becoming more dangerous with the vagaries of variable bounce.  In addition, the orientation means that the bowlers' run ups are on the cricket outfield which means they are not usable when it is wet.

The net area is also relatively short, which makes it harder for the juniors to be able to bowl and difficult for coaching.

New nets are therefore essential for the club to continue to develop, and to retain members, particularly juniors for whom the current net facilities are not suitable, but also seniors who cannot use the existing facilities for significant periods in the year.

New nets would also give us the ability to attract new members, and could be rented out to other clubs in the community who don't have equivalent facilities.  We are aware of a number of other clubs locally who would welcome such an arrangement.

We are therefore planning a new fully enclosed, three lane net facility and turning the existing nets 90 degrees such that the new facility runs adjacent to the boundary edge.

The impact of COVID-19

Like many organisations, COVID-19 had a significant impact on the club and meant that our income for 2020 was well below normal levels.  

There was limited match day income, and no bar income or funds from barbeques or other events that we would normally run.  

COVID-19 also added to our costs, with the need for extra sanitisation for example and enhancements required to the scoreboard, clubhouse and toilets to make them more COVID-secure.

In addition, the fundraising dinner that we had planned for May 2020 had to be cancelled and local organisations that would normally support us (cafes, restaurants etc) with prizes that we could auction at club events have been closed with staff furloughed, and therefore they have not been in a position to offer us support.

Fundraising

The cost of the new outdoor net facility is £46,500 + VAT, funds which the club does not have, and we are therefore fundraising to help pay for this.

Our aim is to raise £20,000 towards the cost of the nets.

We have a window of opportunity through the Sport England Active Together programme where they will consider matching up to 50% of our initial target, this could be worth £10,000 to us if we hit our target and our application is successful.

The balance will then need to come from club funds and loans available, though given the impact of COVID-19, the club has less funds than it normally would at this time of year, and so the more we can raise from crowdfunding and potential support from Sport England, the less we need to draw into these funds and the lower the loan amount we would need to take.

Some might ask why now for this project?  The reality is that if we do not replace our existing nets in relatively short order, it will impact our ability to attract and retain players, and also service the needs of the local community.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£350 or more

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Signed canvas

A unique opportunity to buy a limited edition signed canvas of Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town from the South Africa v England Test Match in 2020. The canvas has been signed by both teams and support staff. Please email at ama101@hotmail.co.uk for a picture of the item

£10 or more

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Celebrations chocolate tub 650g

Treat yourself to a 650g Celebrations chocolate tub. Even though its January, we all need a chocolate treat to lift the lockdown mood!

£20 or more

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£20 Core Beauty voucher

When lockdown comes to an end, treat yourself and arrange some pampering at Core Beauty!

£22 or more

Discounted student/junior fees for senior cricket

We are pleased to offer a discount on normal membership fees for students and juniors playing senior cricket. It promises to be excellent value for money at £22 instead of £25.

£30 or more

2 of 34 claimed

Adult match ball sponsorship

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to sponsor match balls for each of our adult games. Your logo will be featured on our website and social media channels

£37 or more

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Konik’s Tail Vodka

Banish those lockdown blues with a bottle of Konik’s Tail Vodka https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/search?q=Konik%27s+Tail

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Electric car charging voucher

An opportunity to win a £50 charging credit provided by Alfa Power

£50 or more

Discounted U7 membership

We are pleased to offer a discount on normal U7 membership fees. With a longer season and more ECB qualified coaches available for 2021, it promises to be excellent value for money at £50 instead of £55.

£50 or more

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Daisy Chain flowers worth £50

With lockdown blues, why not spoil yourself or a loved one with some beautiful flowers worth £50 from Daisy Chain

£52 or more

1 of 50 claimed

100 Club membership

We are pleased to offer annual membership to our Century Club where you have the opportunity to win a prize in our quarterly draws

£55 or more

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Diplomatico Seleccion de Familia bottle of rum

Forget dry January and enjoy a lockdown evening dreaming of a warmer climate with a bottle of Diplomatico Seleccion de Familia Rum https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/55396/diplomatico-seleccion-de-familia-rum

£68 or more

Discounted adult membership

We are pleased to offer a discount on normal adult membership fees. It promises to be excellent value for money at £68 instead of £75.

£77 or more

Discounted U9 membership

We are pleased to offer a discount on normal U9 membership fees. With a longer season and more ECB qualified coaches available for 2021, it promises to be excellent value for money at £77 instead of £85.

£90 or more

Discounted U11 membership

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on normal U11 membership fees. With a longer season and more ECB qualified coaches available for 2021, it promises to be excellent value for money at £90 instead of £100.

£90 or more

Discounted U13/U15/U18 membership

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on normal U13, U15 and U18 membership fees. With a longer season and more ECB qualified coaches available for 2021, it promises to be excellent value for money at £90 instead of £100.

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Coaching by a Yorkshire CCC player

The chance of a lifetime to get a 60 minute coaching session provided by a Yorkshire CCC player

£105 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Century Wall Plaque

A unique opportunity to have a plaque on a century wall that will be housed in the new net facility, permanently showcasing your support for our fundraising efforts for the nets. £100 of your donation will go towards the nets, with the remainder being used to pay for the plaque.

£125 or more

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Behind the scenes tour of Headingley Stadium

A great opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of Headingley Stadium, taking in areas not usually open to the public such as the dressing rooms, players' restaurant, private hospitality boxes , board room, Sky Studio, commentary boxes

£180 or more

3 year discounted adult membership

We are pleased to offer a discount on 3 year adult membership fees. Assuming fees remain at the current level for 2022 and 2023, total fees for 2021 - 2023 would be £225. We are offering this at £175, a discount of over 20%

£500 or more

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Lane sponsorship

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to sponsor one of the lanes in the new net facility. Your company logo would appear in the net, and also on our website and be promoted on our social media pages. This offer is available at £500, or £1,250 for a three year sponsorship deal

£500 or more

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Ground advertising

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to become a ground sponsor. Your company logo would appear on signage at the ground, and also on our website and be promoted on our social media pages. This offer is available at £500, or £1,250 for a three year sponsorship deal

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Presley the Panda night light

A panda shaped night light, ideal for the little ones in your house to keep them settled at night. You can see more great gift ideas for kids at www.rainydaycrafts.co.uk

£200 or more

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Signed Joe Root England ODI shirt

We have a signed Joe Root number "66" England ODI shirt available. A great opportunity to own a piece of memorabilia signed by the England Test captain

Let's make 'New outdoor practice net facility' happen

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