Improving cricket for all at Earlswood CC

by earlswoodcc in Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom

£19,662

raised so far

+ est. £2731.75 Gift Aid

109

supporters

We are raising funds to replace our 20+ years old practice nets, improving and expanding the facilities for existing and future members

by earlswoodcc in Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 28th June 2022 we'd raised £19,522 with 108 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

The project in total will cost c£40,000. Our initial Crowdfunder target of £15,000 included match funding of £4,500 from Sport England. We plan to install the nets in September once we have raised the additional funds throughout the season and so any additional funds raised now will potentially bring that forward or at least greatly assist with getting towards the amount needed earlier.


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Who are we?

Earlswood Cricket Club is based in Warwickshire and has provided its local community and surrounding villages with the opportunity to play cricket for over 145 years

We are a traditional, community village club that caters for players of ALL abilities. We don't just focus on the elite players but try to ensure that everyone gets the chance to represent the club and enjoy the game. 

We have expanded rapidly in recent years as people get to know what a friendly non-Corporate club we are with a welcoming, family feel. Don't get us wrong, we like to win, but we also pride ourselves on our traditional village club roots and great social atmosphere. There's nothing better than seeing everyone come back to the home ground on a Saturday evening and finding out how they all did in the five sides and listening to stories of the day. 

Likewise junior training nights on Fridays are always packed and great fun with a good atmosphere. Most parents and their children stay after the formal sessions just to chat, enjoy the facilities and chill in the evening sun.

We now have over 300 players aged from our youngest at 4 to our current eldest who is in his 70s! We currently run 22 teams across all age groups.

Senior cricket

We run five sides on a Saturday; a 1st team playing in the higher divisions of the Warwickshire League through to development sides playing in the lower divisions and lots in-between. We also play Sunday League cricket to a high standard typically with a colts team.

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Women and Girls

Our Women and Girls section has enjoyed growth over the last couple of years. We are hoping to encourage more female members off the back of the Women's T20 tournament which is featuring for the first time at the nearby Birmingham Commonwealth Games this summer. We already run a Women's 1st team and a Development team and are anticipating a need for a 2nd team in the near future.

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As an indication. over 50% of last years All Stars intake for 5 to 8 year-olds were female and it is a focus growth area for the club. 

Junior Cricket

Alongside All Stars we also operate the ECB's Dynamos program aimed at 8 to 11-year olds and a full junior setup with teams at every age group from under 9s to under 19s including all girls teams at under 11, under 13 and under 15.

We encourage our "older" juniors to take part in the coaching of the younger ones, especially All Stars and Dynamos alongside qualified adults. A number have gone on to take their coaching badges which gives us a good home-grown pool that get involved in match day management as well as training. All of our coaches are DBS checked regularly.

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Very seniors!

Not to forget our older players, we also have an Over 45s team that recently won the Worcestershire Over 45s competition. We encourage those players to continue playing well into their 50s and older and pass on their experience to the next crop of juniors coming through.

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Community impact

Earlswood takes its place in the community seriously and we do what we can to encourage people to take up the game of cricket for fitness, mental wellbeing and just being part of the Earlswood family.

We closely liaise with five local Primary Schools running the Chance-to-Shine program for them at the ground. We are also developing closer ties to our local secondary school and hoping to encourage players there to come and try out the game, especially girls from the South Asian community. There is anecdotal evidence that cricket is a great way of getting them to take part in exercise and become part of a club environment. 

We recently invested in our clubhouse installing heating and refurbishing the toilets and bar area. This is already proving popular with residents from the nearby villages who are beginning to see Earlswood as the social hub we want it to become. 

Alongside cricket we also carry out virtual walking, running and cycling missions to maintain fitness through the Winter and to keep non-playing members involved.

Why are we crowdfunding?

Our practise nets have been in place for over 20 years and are in dire need of replacement. Over the years members have patched them up and replaced netting but they have now become unfit for purpose and putting players off due to the uneven bounce off the concrete base. 

The current nets are also open-ended meaning that we have to be very careful who is using them whilst there is a game in play or training elsewhere on the ground. Installing an enclosed state-of-the-art facility will make things safer for spectators and people training and it will allow us to open the facility out to more people making better use of the space.

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2022 Commonwealth Games

The next Commonwealth Games are to be based on our doorstep in nearby Birmingham. Featured this time will be Women's T20 cricket and we are expecting an upsurge in interest in the game off the back of that. 

We have worked hard to get the coaching infrastructure in place over the last 12 months and feel we are in a good position to manage the training of an increased number of members. However, we also need the facilities in place to safely introduce these new players to the game and to improve the standard of our existing members. 

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How we’ll spend the money raised

We have plans in place to build a three lane net facility with two of the lanes fully enclosed. We will use the existing nets area and will dig out the current base and replace it with a state-of-the-art facility that will serve current and future members for many years to come.

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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 and claim your reward. 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 yourself. 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. Create a fundraiser of your own. Use the button on our page to get started. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Win BIG in our Crowdfunder Draw

You can purchase additional entries here but every purchase of a reward for this Crowdfunder will also receive one FREE entry for this draw. 30% of the money received from these additional entries purchased will be split between 1st (20%) and 2nd (10%). Each entry will be randomly given a number and on Tuesday 28th June there will be a draw for the winning numbers at Watery Lane.

£8 or more

Ticket - Warwickshire v Durham in Royal London Cup

Sunday 21st August sees the Bears take on Durham in a repeat of the 50-over One Day Final from a few years back. There are up to 50 tickets available and these are reduced from the RRP of £15 each.

£10 or more

Cricket scoring lesson

Learn the black art of how to score a cricket match ... it's really not that hard honest! Some pre-match tuition and then the opportunity to score a game live alongside our scorer to develop your skills. Coloured pens are not obligatory!

£10 or more

Earlswood Cricket Club caps

Green playing caps

£10 or more

2021 Pink T20 shirts as new

Adidas pink T20 tops as seen in the video for this Crowdfunder. Six available in different sizes. There are three medium, two small and a 13/14.

£10 or more

Bottle of Prosecco

Kindly donated by Hayley Bearings we have 5 bottles of Prosecco available. They retail at £15 each so grab yourselves a bargain! Over 18s only please.

£15 or more

Guest pass for the day at David Lloyd Health Club

Courtesy of David Lloyd we have four day passes to their health club on Cranmore Boulevard. The passes retail at £25 each. To find out more about the centre please visit the website www.davidlloyd.co.uk/clubs/solihull-cranmore

£20 or more

£20 voucher for The Reservoir, Earlswood

A huge thank you to the Hungry Horse team at The Reservoir in Earlswood for donating a £20 voucher. A great place to stop off after a walk around the nearby lakes and a Wacky Warehouse just in case the kids still have energy to burn off. Please visit their website (www.hungryhorse.co.uk/pubs/west-midlands/reservoir) for more information.

£25 or more

2022 Social Membership

Do you want to support the club but perhaps in a less active way? How about a Social Membership for your family that allows you to use the bar and clubhouse facilities?

£25 or more

Sponsor a player for the season

The club has over 300 players including our All Stars and Dynamos. Why not sponsor a player (or several!) and see your logo or show of support on the player's page on the website. We will link to their page in match reports or other media posts. We know all will be pleased to receive your support.

£25 or more

Match ball sponsor for any none-1st team game

Be a match ball sponsor for a game and receive publicity through our media channels and mentions on the website. These can be for any match other than 1st team games (that are part of another reward lower down). Junior, senior or women's games. Take your pick.

£50 or more

1st XI Match ball sponsor

Sponsor the match balls for a first XI home game at Watery Lane and receive advertising through our website and social media channels plus the sparkling wit and repartee of our Chairman for the day!

£50 or more

Mindfulness coaching

Learn how to reduce the sense of being overwhelmed by the stresses and trials of everyday life. Learn ways to better cope with anxiety and depression and enhance your experience of life with an hour's coaching from a qualified mindfulness practitioner. It even improves your sleep!

£70 or more

2022 Intermediate or Women's only Membership

Earlswood offers reduced membership for those over 17 and still in full-time education as well as those that are long-term unemployed. This membership type also covers those that want to play for our Women's teams only.

£95 or more

2022 Junior Membership

Junior membership for players up to and including under 17. The fee also includes social membership for the whole family as well as all junior match fees and training sessions at the ground.

£140 or more

2022 Senior Membership

Annual subscription for senior membership of Earlswood. Add gift aid to your purchase to help the club reach its target.

£200 or more

Board Sponsor

Advertise your organisation to our members and visitors with a board placed around the boundary of the ground. Your logo will also feature on the club's website together with a description of your products and services and links to your website and contact details. The cost is £200 per board in the first year and £125 per year thereafter.

£200 or more

Sponsor a team

Earlswood currently has 22 different teams. Why not sponsor one of them and enjoy exposure on our website and social media. We have over 500 members and a broad reach through our social media channels.

£500 or more

Scoreboard sponsor

Advertise your organisation with a board placed next to our electronic scoreboard that can be seen by all at the ground. Enjoy exposure through our website and social media too.

£1,000 or more

Nets sponsor

Advertise your organisation for five years with boards around the new nets facility we are looking to build with this crowdfunder. This is a high profile project for the club that we will be promoting widely so a great opportunity for some brand awareness.

£1,500 or more

Life Time Membership

Support the club long into the future with a lifetime membership enabling you to use all of the club's facilities and even make yourself available to don the whites and represent the club in matches.

£15 or more

Wax Melt making kit

Courtesy of Elmhurst Country Living (www.elmhurstcountrylivin.etsy.com) we have a kit for you to create your own Wax Melts. Wax Melts are flameless alternatives to candles. They come in bars and can be broken up into cubes and melted to release the fragrance inside. Wax Melt Making Kit contains 500g of Soy Wax, 2 bottles of fragrance (25ml), 5 wax melt mould trays, 3 packs of dye flakes and 5 wooden stirrers. RRP £20.

£15 or more

Box of 10 mini soy candles

Courtesy of Elmhurst Country Living (www.elmhurstcountrylivin.etsy.com) we have a box of 10 mini soy candles of various scents including ‘citronella’, ‘spring awakening’ and ‘white musk’. RRP £25.

£20 or more

A meal for four at The Blue Bell, Earlswood

A huge thank you to Alan Fox at The Blue Bell Cider House for donating a voucher for a meal for four. It's just a short walk from our ground and is a friendly, rural, canal-side pub serving real ale and great food including Sunday carveries. Please visit their website (www.bluebellciderhouse.org) for more information.

£20 or more

Bottle of Speyside Single Malt Whisky

The cool, clean waters of the River Spey, beloved by generations of fly fishermen are at the heart of Scotland's whisky-making tradition. This Tamdhu 12 year old malt scores 83/100 on thewhiskyphiles.com and retails at £30. Over 18s only please.

£25 or more

One-to-One cricket coaching lesson

Work on areas of your game for an hour with one of our Level 2 Coaches. We have a number of them, female and male, who are qualified and DBS checked and are able to be flexible to times or days that suit you. Options available for different Level 2 coaches; Amy Dixon, Alex Laud or Dan Dixon.

£30 or more

Win a £50 voucher for The Bull's Head, Earlswood

A huge thank you to Lucy and her colleagues at The Bull's Head in Earlswood who have kindly donated a £50 voucher to spend at the pub or at one of their sister inns around the country. Please visit their website (www.bullsheadearlswood.co.uk) for more information. Try the Chinese spiced duck spring rolls ... fab!

£30 or more

Signed copy of Tall Tales from Test Match Special

The good, the bad and the hilarious from the commentary box. A book of tales from Jonathan Agnew and Phil Tufnell joined by colleagues from TMS such as Isa Guha, Ebony Rainford Brent, Alison Mitchell, Carlos Brathwaite and Aatif Nawaz. Aggers and Tuffers share the highlights, mishaps and moments of brilliance and emotion that they have witnessed and experienced on pitches around the world. *SIGNED COPY by the authors and Henry Moeran

£35 or more

Meal for two at Mortons Kitchen Bar and Deli

A two-course meal for two plus a bottle of house red or white wine courtesy of Mortons in Dickens Heath, part of The Lovely Pubs Group. Mortons is always a warm, welcoming atmosphere, with wonderful food. The Seasonal menu offers a tempting choice of daily market specials alongside classic steaks, mouth-watering spit roasted joints, salads, pizzas and hand-made burgers. The RRP of this reward is c£70. www.mortonskitchen.co.uk

£50 or more

Weekend boarding for your dog

Enjoy a weekend away whilst knowing that your dog is in safe hands through a popular local dog-boarding service who have discounted their usual fee from £75 to help raise funds for the club.

£125 or more

Bat signed by the Warwickshire 2022 squad

Warwickshire CCC have kindly provided us with a bat signed by the first team squad to sell as part of the Crowdfunder. A collectors item so get in quick if you would like to snap it up!

£200 or more

4-ball at The Forest of Arden

A huge thank you to Sellweb who have donated a four ball at the Forest of Arden championship course in Warwickshire. Set within 10,000 acres of ancient woodland where deer roam free, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club offers an unforgettable experience. The prize includes a four-ball round of 18 plus buggies (RRP £400). More about Sellweb can be found at their website www.sellweb.co.uk

£500 or more

A week at Seaview Cottage on the Isle of Arran

4 people can stay at this lovely 5* cottage on the Isle of Arran with stunning views of the Firth of Clyde looking towards the Scottish mainland. The cottage has 2 bedrooms with wood burner and open living space (specific weeks apply). Check out the website for more information, pictures and contact details https://tinyurl.com/58wjth26

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