Rolling out the green carpet at H&TCC

by Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club in Benfleet, Essex, United Kingdom

Total raised £21,753

raised so far

+ est. £3256.50 Gift Aid



Providing new cricket practice nets to ensure suitable facilities for our current senior, youth & women's players and for future generations

by Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club in Benfleet, Essex, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 1st September 2023 we'd raised £21,353 with 133 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Thank you for helping us meet our initial target. Our stretch target will ensure the club reduces our reliance on multi-year loans to help us raise the remaining capital for this £125,000 project. This will ensure we can invest more money into high quality equipment and coaching in future years.

Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club - Background

We are a family friendly amateur cricket club in Essex founded in 1946 that is open to everyone in our community regardless of age, gender, ability and socioeconomic background. Our club has a reputation for developing young cricketers, we currently have a youth membership of over 150 young cricketers playing at our club. Youth can start from the age of 5 as part of our ECB All Stars Programme and we mentor and develop all the way to senior cricket. This has ultimately led to the successes in our mid-week senior team and four Saturday teams with our 1st XI currently competing within the best standard league in Essex.

We are also proud to have developed a women's cricket team over the past 2 years, whom compete in a regional league. We are excited to grow women's cricket membership further and are building a sustainable future through our girls only ECB Dynamos Programme for 8 too 11-year-old girls. 

We are also a thriving community hub for the local area, hiring our facilities out to local community groups and schools.

All Stars children and coaches

What are we crowdfunding for and why?

We are raising funds to install new net facilities, our current facilities are not fit for purpose to sustain the growth of our cricket club. The new facilities will include a three-lane enclosed net facility to ECB standards with a full-length bowler's run-up and realistic bounce. In addition a single lane facility will remain open to the community for use all year round. The total cost for this project is £125,000 so we need your support to be able to proceed with the project for the benefit of our community.

Through your generous support, building on the success of previous fundraising events and activities, we are aiming to deliver the following benefits from our project:

1. Increased training capacity to ensure all our youth, women and senior cricket members can have the coaching and practice time they deserve while we continue to grow as a club.

2. Improved surface quality to allow cricketers to reach their full potential as our current ageing facilities (many decades old!) are not fit for purpose and some have had to be closed down for safety concerns.

3. Build upon strong community links with local schools so everyone in our local community can benefit from our facilities with the resulting physical and mental health benefits from our sport.

Women's cricket taster session

Our community impact

We recognise that we play an important role in our local community. Based on census data Castle Point has the second highest number of households in Essex that are suffering deprivation across four different categories - education, employment, health and housing. 

Our club brings together a people regardless of background to share the physical and mental health benefits from our sport. Our hard work coaching cricket to young people develops lifelong skills such as teamwork, perseverance, and helps them feel a connection to the community. We support people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, recently including refugees. We ensure they kit to play cricket and go the extra mile to ensure they fit into our club and ultimately the local community.

We are always looking to expand our offer to the community, including opening our new facilities for the benefit of local schools, many of which do not have good quality facilities to coach cricket. We also work with local community groups to hire our clubhouse and are always welcoming to others wanting to use it.

International Day - ex-England team

2022 Commonwealth Games Local Legacy

Our crowdfunding campaign is being run in conjunction with an application for Sports England match-funding from the Places and Spaces Fund aiming to leave a legacy from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Women's cricket was introduced for the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and our launch of women's cricket also in 2022 has been riding this wave of increased interest and participation in women's cricket across the country. 

We want to create a local legacy to the games through the installation of our practice net facility because we can’t currently give our women access to the training facilities they deserve. 

We have worked closely with Essex County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board to ensure we have the right supplier to install these facilities in 2023. We have also secured planning permission from Castle Point Borough Council with unanimous support at full council.


How you can play your part?

1. Make a pledge to supporting the cause through our crowdfunder

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. Run your own fundraiser to support us, maybe a sponsored activity or similar, contact us and we can help you set-up a page linked to ours

4. Offer rewards! Get involved if you are a local business by donating items or services we can offer our supporters. We will give you a shout out

We are very grateful for all your donations and will include a list of our supporters on our club noticeboards in thanks to anyone who donates to our crowdfunder. 

We will also install a special board of thanks in our clubhouse for any individual, family or business who donates £50 or more to our crowdfunder. We recognise that your donation will create lasting benefits to our club and community for decades to come.

Under 15s team


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Engraved Plaque of Thanks (Silver)

We will be installing a special recognition board with engraved names recording our thanks to individuals and families who pledged £50 towards this crowdfunding campaign as it will benefit the club for decades to come. Your name/plaque will be included under our silver level section of the recognition board.

£1 or more

Supporter List of Thanks

We will be posting a list of thanks to all our supporters from this crowdfunder campaign who do not want to remain anonymous on our club noticeboard.

£20 or more

Social Media and Mailshot Promotion (RRP £25)

Ideal for businesses, we want to show our thanks to you for your support by promoting you through a social media post across our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as through a club email to all our members.

£20 or more

H&TCC Club Tie

Donate £20 and get a Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club tie free of charge!

£30 or more

CV review and mock job interview (RRP £50+)

With thanks to a club member, for supporters with a £30 donation you could nominate a young person in full time education for a CV review and mock interview with an HR professional. RRP £50+

£45 or more

Social Membership 2023/24

Social membership of Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Club for the remaining membership year until 30 April 2024. We will be in touch to complete your membership details.

£55 or more

Boiler Service with Essex Maintenance RRP £65+VAT

With thanks to Essex Maintenance, we can offer up to 10 significantly discounted boiler services with the voucher valid for September 2023. Ideal timing to get your boiler checked out before the autumn rush and colder weather hits.

£100 or more

Engraved Plaque of Thanks (Gold)

We will be installing a special recognition board with engraved names recording our thanks to individuals and families who pledged £100 towards this crowdfunding campaign as it will benefit the club for decades to come. Your name/plaque will be included under our gold level section of the recognition board.

£200 or more

Matchday Supporter's Banner (RRP £240)

Ideal for businesses, we want to showcase your business at our club as a thank you on senior match days for the 2024 season if you provide a banner which we can display at our ground.

£200 or more

Private Chef Experience (RRP £250)

Enjoy a three course meal with table wine for between 4-6 people thanks to Kimberly's Catering. The meal will be hosted at Hadleigh & Thundersly Cricket Club on a date between January and April 2024.

£5 or more

£10 Amazon Voucher

With thanks to Mitch Electrical, a local electrician, we are able to offer 5 x £10 Amazon vouchers for those supporting with pledges of £5 towards our great project.

£10 or more

Signed Cricket Merchandise

Signed bat from the Essex 2021 squad (x1) and a signed Lashings XI bat (x1) which are surely great value rewards for a £10 pledge!

£10 or more

Prosecco Bottle Reward

If making a donation to a great project doesn't make you feel good enough, then why not toast H&TCC with a complementary bottle of prosecco as a thank you for your donation? 18+ only.

£20 or more

Private Coaching Session (1 hour)

Thanks to the generosity of club coaches and 1XI players, we are offering a limited number of private coaching sessions to our crowdfunder supporters which would be ideal for youth cricketers.

£40 or more

Full foot treatment with First 4 Feet (RRP £45)

With thanks to First 4 Feet, a local Hadleigh based firm, we are giving away 3 full foot treatments with a warm wax therapy treatment to finish.

£50 or more

£100 voucher for UK Shelving Ltd

With thanks to UK Shelving Ltd we can offer this voucher to one of our supporters for a £50 donation. UK Shelving Ltd has over 60 years of shelving experience with expert advice before and after every sale.

£60 or more

4 x Tickets to Essex County Championship Match

Thanks to Essex County Cricket Club, we are delighted to offer a complementary ticket voucher for four tickets to one day’s play of an LV=Insurance County Championship match of your choice in the 2024 season.

£100 or more

Home Improvement Consultation

With thanks to Gold Renovations who have many years of property development experience, you could receive a free consultation on how you could add value to your home.

£699 or more

4 ball at Woodhall Spa Golf Course (RRP £820)

Enjoy an amazing 4 ball golfing experience at Woodhall Spa Golf Course with a special voucher valid for a year.

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