Adlington Cricket Club - New Practice Nets

by Jonathan Howells in Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Total raised £32,126

raised so far



We are fundraising for new practice nets to improve our facilities and continue to grow interest and participation in cricket in Adlington.

by Jonathan Howells in Chorley, Lancashire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 4th July 2023 we'd raised £32,056 with 153 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

With the extra money we would put it towards the overall fundraising target towards the new nets which cost around £40,000 in total



We're crowdfunding £30,000 to put towards new practice nets that will hugely improve our cricketing facilities.

We're passionate about providing cricketing opportunities for all ages, and have an ambitious vision to build a thriving cricket set-up, with teams across all junior age groups and senior abilities. Playing in the Greater Manchester Cricket League, we run two senior teams and a junior section, playing in the Wigan and District League. We are also home to Adlington Nomads - our mixed-ability senior team, as well as a dedicated Academy for our most talented youngsters, and a Ladies Rounders Team. In winter, the cricket ground is also used by Adlington Junior Football Club.

We are a Clubmark accredited club and affiliated to Lancashire Cricket Foundation. We run All stars cricket and Dynamos cricket programme to build interest and excitement about cricket at a young age.

As a club we are active in the community and run family orientated events through the year as well as offering a high quality and great value space for private and community functions.

See our club website here


Why are we crowdfunding?

We are raising money in order to buy new net practice facilities to help deliver our vision of providing excellent cricket facilities to Adlington and the surrounding areas to increase participation in the sport and provide a high quality community asset. Our current facility is no longer fit for purpose and is significantly impacting our offering, and restricting the ability to scale our participation in cricket at both junior and senior level.

Our existing facility is shown below:


The facility we would like to install is a ECB approved two-lane cage style net facility. A net facility such as this enables greater access to cricket at all ages and abilities. It allows easier access for 1-2-1 coaching as well as small group practices. Additionally, it allows cricket to be played at the ground out of season or in slightly inclement weather. This will also allow cricket practice in the nets to run in parallel to matches or other activities on the main ground - we can't currently do this with the current facility due to health and safety concerns.

Design of a 2 lane net cage :



How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Donate money directly to this page. Don?t delay if you're going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. If you want to run your own fundraiser to support us, maybe a sponsored activity or similar, use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won't need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

How we'll spend the money raised

All of the money raised in this crowdfunding will go towards the cost of the new net facility. We are aiming to raise £30,000 from this crowdfunding as part of a wider fundraising effort to meet the required £40,000 cost of the new nets. Other money we will be raising from potential grants and fundraising efforts. An example of the new facility can be seen in the below video.

How our project will be united by Birmingham 2022

As part of our fundraising campaign we are applying for some funding from Sport England's 'Places and Spaces' fund, linked to creating a lasting legacy from Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022. Our new nets will create a new, long lasting facility that will attract new people of all ages and backgrounds to cricket - supporting both their physical and mental wellbeing, as well as overall community benefits ...

Community impact

Adding this new facility to our club and improving our overall offering will have direct benefits to the local community by increasing participation in local grass roots sport. As a club we have really raised our profile in the local community over the past 2 years. Here's a few highlights on how we play a role

- 100 cricket and social members actively involved in the club - the new nets would directly benefit our current and future junior and senior members

- We have around 50 children aged 5-13 engaged in cricket at the club and also for the past two years have run the village school cricket cup, working closely with the local primary schools

- In 2022 we hosted approximately 30 private functions seeing around 1,500 people visit the club - being a hub for anything from birthday parties, christenings and baby showers to school leavers parties and works Christmas Parties.

- We run regular family events and also were actively involved in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the village

- Our Beer and Gin Festival in autumn has become a favourite - we saw up to 700 people attend in each of the first two years

- In 2022 we worked with around 20 local business on sponsorship agreements

We're passionate about cricket and creating a high quality facility for the Adlington community.



This project offered rewards

£15 or more

Social Membership for 2023

A social membership at ACC until 31 March 2024. Membership gives you 10% off all of our bar products and reduced function room hire

£15 or more

Invite to our fundraising celebration event

We will run a celebration event i.e. BBQ when our fundraising campaign is successful and the new nets are in place - you can claim your invitation to this with a donation of £15 or more

£30 or more

Women's Liverpool FC Training Top

AXA have kindly donated a women's Liverpool FC Training top for a donation of at least £30. RRP £40

£50 or more

Match Sponsor

Exclusive sponsor for one of our senior cricket matches. Includes social media posts to our 2,000+ followers across platforms

£75 or more

Joint English Heritage Memberships

A joint annual membership to English Heritage - RRP £120

£250 or more

VIP Match day Experience (4 people)

Coin Toss; 6 x drinks vouchers per person; Hot snacks; Adlington CC Souvenir Cap x 4 Dates can be agreed post-purchase

£250 or more

Lifetime Membership at Adlington CC

Secure your club membership for life at Adlington Cricket Club

£300 or more

Sponsorship Board

A sponsor board on our ground for 12 months.

£10 or more

Flower Demonstration & Afternoon Tea Event Ticket

On Sunday 9th July we are holding a Flower Demonstration event hosted by Susan Maddocks. Susan is an accomplished florist who has previously showcased her work at Chelsea Flower Show and has years of experience in the floral industry. Following the demonstration we will provide afternoon tea for all guests and you will have the chance to win one of the flower arrangements prepared on the day!

£18 or more

£20 Voucher @ Hair by Leah

Hair by Leah in Chorley have kindly donated two £20 vouchers for use at their salon in Cowling Brow

£20 or more

£25 Voucher for Retreat, Adlington

Retreat restaurant have kindly donated a £25 voucher as a reward that can be claimed for a pledge of £20 or more

£30 or more

Liverpool FC Men's Training Top

AXA have kindly donated a men's training top for Liverpool Football Club. RRP £40

£40 or more

£50 Voucher at Rivington Brewery Tap

Rivington Brewery Tap have kindly donated a £50 voucher to their tap room for a donation of £40 or more

£40 or more

£50 voucher for Blush and Blades Beauty

Blush and Blades beauty have kindly donated 2 x £50 vouchers for their salon for donations >£40

£50 or more

1-2-1 Cricket Coaching Session

A 1 hour 121 coaching session from one of our qualified coaches - available to all ages and abilities

£50 or more

Hedgehog painting

Local artist, Gwen Howells, has kindly donated a painting to the crowdfunder that can be purchased as a reward for a minimum donation of £50. The painting can be viewed in the clubhouse from 8 June

£100 or more

New CA Cricket Bat

Ex-Professional Majid Majeed has kindly donated a brand new CA cricket bat for purchase on our crowdfunder. RRP £200-250

£100 or more

Open Championship Golf Ticket

Former 1st team ‘legend’ Ben King has kindly donated a ticket to day 1 of the Open Golf Championship at Royal Hoylake. Ben was a wiley campaigner and could often be found trundling up the hill bowling his medium pace dibbly dobble seamers. A tricky proposition on a green deck as he was able to leverage lateral movement off the seam. He was also an aggressive, bit and pieces right hand batsman. Thank you, Ben.

£200 or more

1 x Skip Hire (8yd)

Lostock Skip Hire have donated 2 x skip hires for a donation of at least £200 (RRP£275).

£2,000 or more

New Nets - Marquee Sponsor

3 year sponsor package for our new nets from when they are installed. The nets sponsor will have a board on the side of the cage and will be included in project communications and press releases

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