New Nets for Junior Cricket - Catford Wanderers CC

by Daron Kularatnam in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £20,010

raised so far



Raising money for cricket nets facilities to provide young people the opportunity to learn sport, keep active and join a community.

by Daron Kularatnam in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th December 2022 we'd raised £20,010 with 149 supporters in 69 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We would use any extra money raised to upgrade additional facilities at the club, including additional sightscreens a new scoreboard a boundary rope and improved fencing around the ground.

We are the Catford Wanderers Sports Club Cricket section. We're an amateur cricket club situated in the suburbs of inner city London in Catford. We have two men's teams that play in competitive divisions of the Kent cricket league, T20 teams, a Sunday XI and a small junior section. We previously had a lot more teams, a women's team and several junior teams. However, due to a lack of investment and the Covid pandemic, our numbers decreased considerably and in the last 3 years we have been working hard to build them back up. The club will not survivie otherwise.  

Community impact

The club has been around since 1906, providing a sporting home for the local community, which has a diverse mix of backgrounds. We are based in an underpriviledged area of south-east London, Catford in the borough of Lewisham. This borough has one of the highest proportion of children living below the poverty line across the country, almost 40% according to the End Child Poverty Coalition. Our sports club is key to providing the infrastructure for local kids to get into sports, develop their skills and feel part of a team.

Legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

In order to support young people from local communities continued growth in sport we are raising funding in line with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games rebuilding sport in communities programme. Funds raised will go towards rebuilding outdoor cricket nets at the ground so that we can provide good quality cricket coaching and the opportunity for children from all around the area to get involved with the sport. 

The club did have nets a long time ago but were not useable for the last 7 years due to degradation and health and safety concerns. They were fully dismantled in 2020 and sold for scrap metal before nature took it’s course on the ground surface.

These were our nets pre-Covid. They were not in a good shape at all.


We have updated the Crowdfunder Initial Target to £20,000. The total fundraising breakdown for the project is per below:

Total Project Cost: £45,000

Crowdfunding Initial Target: £20,000

Club private fundraising: £25,000

With the funds raised for new facilities we will be able:

  • To vastly improve our ground and facility to provide a safe training space
  • To increase capacity for our junior practice sessions 
  • To develop junior cricketers onto hardball cricket providing new opportunities to those in the community
  • Allow us to hold open sessions to attract new junior players 
  • Improve the quality of our practice sessions and ultimately the standard of cricketer we can produce 
  • Increase our membership and club sustainability 
  • Give our coaches the tools to get the best out of our practice sessions

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

1. Make a pledge. Please 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!

More About Our Club

Match Day

It's glorious to see cricket being played throughout the summer. The club provides a community for so many people from the area to come by and watch the games.


Our 2nd XI won their league last year!

Even without a complete set of training facilities these guys managed to successfully win their league last year and move up to the Kent 2nd Division.


This was our Women's 1st XI team

We really miss the diversity of a women's cricket section to work alongside the men's. We would love to see some of the young girls in the juniors now grow and develop to form a women's team again in the future. 


Without these teams, the long term sustainability of the cricket club in the area is at risk. We are passionately working to turn this around and provide cricket coaching for local children to occupy their time, burn their energy and stimulate them mentally and physically.

Our Junior Future Cricket Stars 

We currently have 50 enrolled in the ECB backed All Stars and Dynamos cricket courses, which has been a success over the last 3 years. This program aims to get youngsters into cricket at the grass roots level, however we need to develop the infrastructure to move the children beyond this into junior hardball cricket. It's the most common question we hear from parents around what can we offer next in the development of cricket for their children. There are near 20 children ready to move up to the next level but without the correct training facilities it is very hard for us to offer this properly. 



With new nets to train in, we will develop junior teams throughout the young person age groups from 7 years old up to adult cricket, teaching them new skills, leadership and potentially discovering hidden natural talent to become the country's future sports stars. 

CWCC's Pro-Cricketer Success Story

There is a local boy that started his cricket life out at Catford Wanderers aged 7. We are very proud that he went on to represent Kent county and England at various levels, signing a professional contract with Kent in 2010. His name is Daniel Bell Drummond. Daniel or’DBD’ as many know him, is a regular visitor back to the club which was his original home for cricket and where he has many friends.

More about the project

We will partner with a top installer of synthetic surface ECB approved cricket facilities with more than 30 years experience. 

Here are the net location plans - we are going with the existing location in the bottom left corner of the image.



Here's a design of the nets facilities:


The Finished Product

Cricket nets when installed properly and looked after by the club will last for decades. It will be amazing to get to this finished product and to see a growing number of kids training in the nets.


How you can play your part

We really hope with the generosity of the public, Sport England and the United by Birmingham 2022 Community programme, we can make this project happen and move forward to provide an excellent standard cricket facility again for this underpriviledged area of London. 

We really appreciate any amount you can provide to help us on this journey. 

Thank you for looking, from all of us at Catford Wanderers Cricket Club. 


This project offered rewards

£10 or more

Catford Wanderers CC Players Cap RRP £16

Catford Wanderers CC players cap for anyone pledging £10 and claiming the reward.

£10 or more

Kings Tea - Receive 4 boxes of premium tea RRP £15

Kings Tea is a global tea company making some of the best tea around. For £10 they have kindly offered to provide the donor with 4 boxes of their premium tea blend. Check out their website here:

£20 or more

Two Yoga Classes w/Monica Kulara Yoga RRP £30

Monica is a well loved yoga teacher teaching in various studios across London. The claimant of this reward will be entitled to 2x yoga classes at her Monday evening 7pm local class in Crofton Park. Check out Monica's website for more info:

£20 or more

Garden Service with Oliver Barnes Gardens RRP £30

Purchasing this reward will entitle you to a 2 hour garden service with Oliver Barnes. Operating in the south-east London area, Oliver Barnes is a dedicated gardener who will provide a full clear up, weeding and trimming service to ready your garden for next Spring.

£50 or more

50% Off Boiler Service - Wickham Heating Services

If £50 is pledged, Wickham Heating have kindly offered to provide the claimant of this reward a full boiler service for 50% lower than the going rate. Service must be carried out in the Catford, Beckenham, West Wickham area. See Checkatrade for their top star reviews:

£50 or more

Leadership coaching: CEO Lewis Jenkins RRP £150

Lewis Jenkins is the CEO of an exciting new clean-tech start-up and has years of experience launching and growing successful businesses. The reward will provide the supporter with an online leadership coaching session with Lewis, which he has kindly donated to our campaign. See Lewis's LinkedIn page:

£60 or more

50% Off Club Membership RRP £120

We will reward the supporter with a 50% discount to club membership for the cricket section.

£75 or more

Mr Mench Personal Lifestyle Coaching RRP £150

Mr Mench is a very well known lifestyle coach with masses of followers. He will offer the purchaser of this reward a coaching session to examine your wellness lifestyle and work with you to set a wellnesss plan involving fitness and diet. Check out his page at for more information or his Instagram:

£25 or more

Catford Wanderers Players Shirt RRP £40

Purchasing this reward will entitle you to receive a brand new short-sleeve CWCC players shirt in a size of your choice.

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