Dorking Cricket Club Facilities Fund

by Mo Carrington in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

£7,800

£10,000 target 38 days left
78% 88 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by 15th September 2022 at 2:27pm

Dorking Cricket Club's Facilities Upgrade Fund has been set up to complete the transformation of the practice nets at Pixham cricket ground.

by Mo Carrington in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

The Club

Dorking Cricket Club (DCC) sits in a beautiful location at the foot of Box Hill and provides organised cricket competition and coaching for 180 junior players and 75 senior players. It has 4 senior Saturday teams, 2 senior Sunday teams, a recently founded Women’s team, an all-girls team and mixed junior teams from U8 to U16 that play weekly from April 1st to August 31st every year. 

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Run entirely by volunteers, DCC welcomes playing and social members from every part of the local community and during the recent pandemic, has been a lifeline for many residents, providing not only the positive focus of team sport (when restrictions have allowed) but, via its atmospheric pavilion and bar,  a vibrant community hub for over 450 households in the Pixham area. 

In addition to this, DCC organises four weeks of very popular summer cricket camps during the school holidays open to children of all ages from the surrounding area. 

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Our Vision 

Since 2019, DCC's new leadership team has sought to improve the social aspects of the club, make it more inclusive for residents and ‘level-up’ the playing and training facilities for all members, so that junior members, our women and girls teams, 4th XI members and 1st XI members all have access to the same level of coaching and facilities. Over the past 2 years, this has included a full renovation of both pavilions (Pixham and Westhumble), essential outfield and square improvements, new permanent storage facilities at Pixham and a new and hugely productive relationship with the football and athletics clubs we share the ground with. Next we want to complete the net refurbishment before we move on to grander plans for a new pavilion! 

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How Covid has affected us

Covid has put back our development plans by a couple of years, limited the amount of cricket our teams have been able to play and in particular, meant younger age groups have missed out on vital opportunities to develop their cricket skills. This has made the need to improve our facilities all the more urgent as we work to make up time in all these areas. Lost bar takings and reduced membership fees have also affected our finances.

Nets and facilities

Since returning to cricket and more social activity, we have been able to raise £22,000 to fund the first stage of upgrading our old nets. This work is now complete and the two shiny, new lanes are already being enjoyed by players at all levels of the club.

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We would now like to lay two additional, artificial lanes in the middle section of the nets, extend the internal netting columns and replace the internal side-netting, at a cost of £30,000. This will allow us to provide better quality practice and coaching across both male and female aspects of the club. It will also make our club more appealing to new members of all ages and expand our appeal as a club to the wider community.

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With other funding applications already in motion, we are aiming to raise at least £10,000 from our club network to make this work possible in time for next season. (When we reach £2,500, we hope to qualify for potential match funding from Sport England too!)

What you can do!

  • Support our Crowdfunder campaign if you can and send it round to your friends and neighbours
  • Do a sponsored event and link it to the campaign (Bake Off? Triathlon? Cycle ride?)
  • Attend the various events we have in the diary during July, August and September:

Upcoming events:

  • 9th August - 40 club fixture 
  • 16th August – Dorking CC v Old Hamptonians 
  • 28th August - President vs Chairman game 
  • 10th September – END OF SEASON DINNER AT PIXHAM!

Tickets for the end of season dinner and raffle can be purchased through this site or at the club.

THANK YOU so much for any support you can give our campaign to make Dorking CC the best it can be!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

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£5 donation

Donate £5 and receive 2 pints at the Pixham bar, worth £8!

£10 or more

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£10 donation

Donate £10 and get your car washed by a member of the DCC 1st team - priceless! (Date tbc)

£15 or more

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£15 Donation

Donate £15 and receive 2 tickets for a Kent County Cricket Club home game in 2022 or 2023. Tickets are worth £25 each so bag yourself a bargain and see the Spitfires perform!

£20 or more

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£20 Donation - voucher from The Cycle Collective

The first ten donors giving £20 will be eligible for a 60% discount off servicing (labour costs, excludes parts) at The Cycle Collective in St Martin's Walk, Dorking (www.cyclecollective.cc). Standard service costs £45, saving you £7 once donation included!

£25 or more

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£25 Donation

Donate £25 and receive a £10 voucher for Romida Sports, our local cricket specialist.

£45 or more

£45 donation

Donate £45 and receive a bottle of Dorking CC 250th anniversary gin, made specially for the club by the Gin Kitchen. (Worth £50)

£50 or more

Donate £50 or more and join the honours board

All donors giving £50 or more will be added to our honours board at the Club.

£100 or more

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£100 donation - £20 bar tab at Pixham Bar!

Be one of the first 10 donors to pledge £100 or more and receive a free £20 bar tab at Pixham. (Only one reward available per donation)

£200 or more

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£200 donation - get £50 off next year's membership

The first 5 donors to give £200 will receive £50 off their membership for next year (2023)

£500 or more

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Donate £500 - receive a family membership for 2023

The first 5 donors to pledge £500 or more will be eligible for a family membership for 2023, worth up to £210!

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

Donate £15 and receive a £10 voucher from the wonderful Dorking Butchery!

£60 or more

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£60 Reward - Gin Kitchen tasting tour

One lucky donor giving £60 will get a Gin Tasting Experience and Tour at the Gin Kitchen in Dorking for two people.

£75 or more

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Pledge £75: coaching with Toby

The first 5 donors who pledge £75 get a free coaching session with 1st XI Captain, Toby Blood

£100 or more

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Donate £100: coaching with Madu / Overseas player

The first 5 donors to pledge £100 qualify for a free coaching session with Maduranga Zoysa or our overseas player for 2023.

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