We are Liverpool Cricket Club!
Liverpool Cricket Club was founded in 1807 and is the oldest amateur sports club in Merseyside! The Cricket Section at the Club is a thriving hub of cricketing activity; players as young as two learn the basic skills that will allow them to continue playing for the rest of their lives - and the Club offers plentiful opportunities for this lifelong love of the game to develop!
In the summer months, 300 children play cricket regularly at the Club and there are 21 teams. Our girls and boys are so committed that 200 of them continue to train all winter! The adult section is also thriving with both male and female teams regularly competing in local leagues whilst the popular 'Back to Cricket' team encourages those that may have played in their youth to once again pick up a bat.
At every age, every player - from the absolute beginner to the seasoned pro - is encouraged to develop their skills and join in!
In the summer months, 300 local children use our facilities weekly to hone their skills and participate in games, alongside the many adults that also rely on the Club's facilities. However, these facilities have not been updated in more than twenty years. The nets, in particular, are at a point where they will become unusable if they are not heavily invested in. The flooring is tattered and unfit for purpose, preventing our cricketers from cultivating the skills they need to develop their game.
Nets are integral to the game. They allow for increased safety during batting and bowling drills, they allow multiple players to train at once and they allow for training to continue, even when the great British summer is not quite as sunny and dry as we would like it to be!
There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.
1. Make a pledge. 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. Get Fit to Fix Our Nets! This April, our junior players are going to be completing a variety of fitness and cricket challenges throughout the month to raise money for this campaign. Whether it's a 30 day plank challenge, making over 2000 catches or walking half a million steps we would love you to join in. Please use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know what you are doing! Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details.
Refurbish the 3 lanes of nets.
Relay the pitch bases.
Install new performance surface carpets.
Extend the playing area to 33 meters.
Provide additional nets.
Install gates so that more players can use the space at the same time.
Liverpool Cricket Club is sandwiched between several areas that have been identified as suffering from the worst social deprivation in the United Kingdom, including Toxteth, Garston and Speke. These areas have some of the highest rates of physical inactivity and childhood poverty in the country. .
In addition, cricket itself is often seen as an 'elitist' sport - only 7% of children in state primary schools are given the opportunity to play cricket and at secondary level the figure is even lower.
We are already helping to change this and we need your help to enable us to continue! We want to build on the legacy of creativity, inclusivity and sustainability from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth games by facilitating the physical, mental health, social and community benefits that sport offers.
Alongside the 300 children that we are already introducing to cricket, we welcome local primary schools to the Club to enjoy taster sessions with our coaches. Using the nets is a big part of these sessions as it reduces the chance of injury and reduces the frustration of spending most of the session chasing errant balls.
We also offer free cricket training and provide equipment to refugees in Liverpool
, welcoming children and adult men and women, many of whom now represent the Club
in cricket. Liverpool Cricket Club has stood in the heart of Aigburth for many years; we want all of our neighbours to see the club as their club
and to have the opportunity to participate in the life of the cricket section. Good quality training facilities will help us to continue our already significant offer and to build upon it in the coming years.
Liverpool Cricket Professional Coaches Refugee Children
Nets are surprisingly expensive! To complete the work outlined above, we will need £50,000. We already have £30,000 committed to the project. We need your help to raise the remaining £20,000