The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a nightmare situation for cricket clubs, with huge uncertainty as to when cricket will return.
OWCC provides the perfect environment for children, adults and their guests to enjoy their summer days watching or playing cricket. As a club with a long history and strong links to the community, we pride ourselves on offering great facilities for our members.
With as many as 6 adult sides playing on a Saturday and two on a Sunday, plus age group cricket from Under 7 to Under 15, we are able to accommodate a huge number of cricketers, with a massive emphasis on bringing through colts into the world of adult cricket. We are particularly proud of our efforts to grow the girls section where we now have around 60 girls all enjoying the greatest team sport there is.
Our adult section has always been successful, the 2019 season being a highlight with the 1st XI getting promoted to Division 2 of The Surrey Championship, our highest league position in the history of the club.
As you will all be aware, the corona virus has put a serious dent into all cricketing plans this summer and we will see no cricket until 2021. We are determined to survive and to keep offering our members an amazing facility but we need your help. Nature doesn't stop so our hallowed turf will still need plenty of maintenance over the summer, playing or not, while we also have the chance to make some long-awaited upgrades to the squares.
Most clubs run on tight margins, and OWCC is exactly the same. Our financial position is always made up of member contributions and subscriptions. With our numerous bills to pay, and no income to speak of, we are in need of financial assistance from our members and friends.
We are looking to raise at least £10,000 with a stretch target of £35k to confirm our financial stability through these difficult times, and welcome the support from players, and friends of the club to help us navigate this uncertain period. This will ensure we can pay our bills until April 2021.
Should we exceed our target, all funds will be re-invested in to the Club. For example, we know we need to replace the nets, while we also need to keep a reserve for Colts coaching costs, and this is where the extra revenue will be spent.
We really appreciate any contribution that people are willing to make to ensure the future of our wonderful club that is so integral to the physical and mental wellbeing of so many.
We hope that you are able to contribute to the health and sustainability of Old Wimbledonians CC, and look forward to welcoming you, and your families back soon.