Exciting development for Clifton Alliance
We have been significantly upgrading our pitches and playing facilities with the aim of providing better sporting and social facilities for players, spectators, children and adults in the local area. We are moving ahead now to further improve the facilities in order to allow (a) more children from the local area to play cricket and (b) better changing and match day facilities for teams (c) allow females to have separate changing rooms for training and matches (d) allow umpires and match officials to have their own changing rooms (e ) adding a cricket scorebox into the new building (f) including a garage to allow storage for the lawn mowers, pitch rollers and other equipment required to maintain the pitches and playing area.
Figure 1 – existing facilities (pavilion)
How we are currently set up to succeed
Over recent years, both the existing pavilion and social area have been improved so that the club has increased in the number of players and teams that we have.
The cricket pitch has also been significantly improved and is used heavily for the teams that we have. These include practice for all age groups, children’s games, and obviously it forms part of the playing surface for junior and senior games. Clifton Alliance is a thriving club with nine junior teams and five adult teams, meaning that players can come from under six years old, right through to play for the senior team in the Yorkshire premier league North division – a very high level of cricket. There are a number of players who have progressed right through the age groups to the first team. We are also introducing a girls team for the 2021 season, and will build on this, targeting moving to two then three girls teams over the next three seasons.
The club has been very successful at attracting and nurturing players to join the club. We are at the stage now where we need to invest in new changing facilities for the additional teams we have introduced, including specific changing room for girls and one for match officials. Currently we cannot offer sufficient facilities for this, and have to “make do”.
What is the development we are undertaking
The aim is to erect a two storey building to the west side of our land that includes two changing rooms, adjacent shower rooms, an accessible toilet, a garage area, and a scorebox.
We have planning permission for the new building.
Figure 2 - layout of the current and new facilities
Figure 3 – internal layout of the new facilities, ground floor
Figure 4 – internal layout of the new facilities, first floor
Figure 5 – rear and front elevation plans
Figure 6 – side elevation plans
The following people will benefit:-
We will be able to offer adequate changing and showering facilities to match officials and the girls teams.The new building houses disabled toilet facilities that are accessible.Ability to build the scorebox that is required for senior league cricket in the Yorkshire premier league. We currently do not have this.We will have adequate access to the scorebox - including access for disabled scorers. The current scorebox is up a steep flight of stairs. The new scorebox will also have a good view on all games - the current scorebox is sometimes directly behind the sightscreen.Further increase the number of teams and people playing cricket and enjoying the social inclusion at the club, by offering additional changing and shower facilities for players and officials. Ultimately progressing more players through to the senior teams.We run “all-stars” cricket each Friday for around 60 children from the local area. The players are from five to nine years old, and this attracts them to start physical exercise, and playing cricket with friends. There is currently insufficient changing facilities for everyone who attends on a Friday – All-Start, under 11s, under 15s. we have c.90 players attend each Friday evening.Additional facilities will allow us to grow the club further and attract additional players, parents and families:-The club is very good at bringing players through the teams from the all-stars, to juniors, then into senior cricket. Many of the players in the senior teams have come right through from under 9s to play in senior cricket.
- Parents and family attend the training and matches to see their relatives play. The club has a thriving social element including use of the bar in the pavilion, quiz nights, annual dinners, annual presentation night, fundraising events, and an annual festival. All of these benefit the local community working together.
- The committee is made up from members of the adjacent Rawcliffe and Clifton communities. Running a club of this size is a major undertaking and we have been able to involve many volunteers in the area at making the club a success.
- The committee and volunteer parents have worked on the phases of the project to improve the pitch area.
- We have a volunteer groundsman, assisted by volunteers who have performed an excellent job at developing and maintaining the pitch. This involves several hundred hours of volunteer work every year to develop and maintain the pitch.
- The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) test, assess and measure the quality of the pitch every season, and Clifton Alliance has one of the top rated pitches in Yorkshire. Some cup finals are played at the club where because the ground is used as a high quality and neutral venue for finals
- We will involve parents and volunteers to raise funding for the new facilities.
About the club
- We are a cricket club with 380 players at the club, and the majority of these are from the area to the north of York , North Yorkshire (Clifton, Rawcliffe and surrounding area).
- We have over 380 players who train and play cricket weekly all year round, including autumn and winter training.
- We have 400+ parents who watch their sons/daughters play cricket. Our values are based on sports participation, and include social inclusion, competition, learning, teamwork, fitness and sports ability.
- We also have 25 managers and coaches who are qualified cricket coaches and we have developed their skills to run the teams. We run over 1,000 training sessions and matches per year.
Also the volunteer committee members and volunteers are using their skills to run the club day/day, fund the club, provide future planning, pitches, buildings and facility development, coaching for managers, communications, player and coach development, social events