Making Selsley Cricket Club Great Again

by Selsley Cricket in Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 6th January 2024 we successfully raised £5,010 ( + est. £807.50 Gift Aid ) with 58 supporters in 42 days

Improve the playing experience at the Selsley Cricket Club ground mainly through restoration works and maintenance of the playing surface

by Selsley Cricket in Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Most likely the other 4 wickets on the square. But, if this fundraising goes nuts we could:

  • Carry on improving the pavilion and machine store.
  • Replace some other equipment.
  • Works to the outfield and boundary.
  • Repair the portable practice net or build a fixed practice area. 
  • Hold a strategic reserve for the next crises, like a roof leak, theft or breakdown. 

There are certainly many things we could do with any extra money.

Who are we?

Selsley Cricket Club is a community club powered by volunteers, whose home ground is located along Selsley Hill near Stroud in Gloucestershire, England. It is known as “a very pleasant place to play cricket” as the ground is set on a rural hill side overlooking the Stroud valleys and Severn estuary gateway. When the evening summer sun is shining it really is one of the most beautiful settings to play village cricket.


The Club has existed since around 1820, first playing on the Selsley Hill ground in 1886. Cricket has been played almost continually ever since and now operates as a ‘charity’ club for ‘friendly’ (rather than ‘league’) cricket to the traditional laws of the game and ‘pub’ cricket. Just look at that view.

‘Friendly’ and ‘Pub’ cricket, whether as a 40 or 30 over, 20/20 or newer hundred format, is played mainly on weekday evenings or Sunday afternoons, providing a valuable opportunity for those of us who:

  • Want to stay in the game as they get older or become impaired.
  • Stay active during other sport off-seasons (football/rugby/hockey).
  • Play as a family, e.g. father and son.
  • Gain experience as a youth or returning player.
  • Cannot commit to Saturday league Cricket.
  • Dislike or fear the style of league Cricket.
  • Love playing the game at every opportunity before autumn and winter set in

As well as a mixture of cricketing ability and age, our players and volunteers come from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds. But, we are more than just a cricket club. We are part of our local community and offer opportunities to socialise, reduce isolation, and for inter-generational engagement. Even visitors to the area have commented on our ground and game:


Why are we crowdfunding?

Our main goal is to encourage people to play cricket using our unique ground and facilities. In recent times, this has been achieved alongside low cost to those playing the game in order to promote participation and limit barriers to entry.

The pandemic affected the Club with reduced playing opportunities and income generation from matches. However, the aftermath of the pandemic has had a worse effect as some local teams/grounds have stopped playing altogether whilst demands on the Selsley Cricket Club has increased as we continue to offer valuable playing opportunities. Trying to meet our goal of participation at low cost has become challenging without increasing the burden on players whilst we need to restore and improve the playing surface. 

The playing surface at Selsley can at times be unplayable, near unsafe and dangerous, even at slow bowling speeds, with players, regardless of age or experience, struggling. Frankly, it can be unfair how much the pitch influences a match result. 


After COVID, ground preparation volunteers were lost, incurring extra costs. To make matters worse, 2023's adverse and extended wet weather has resulted in many games being abandoned whilst still incurring the associated costs of preparation leaving little available to invest in maintenance and improvements. This has been compounded further by a number of ground equipment repair bills throughout this year. We are confident with the right equipment and funding we can return the pitch to being a good playing surface and inspire all of our volunteers. 

Therefore, we have created this fundraising project to improve the playing conditions at Selsley Cricket Club ground so that we can continue to aim for our goal serving both our local and the Cricket communities.

How we’ll spend the money raised


To improve the playability of the square and wickets, to make them a more predictable and fairer surface for the batter, bowler and wicket keeper (and umpire for that matter), thus increasing enjoyment of the game and improving player safety and welfare, we shall:

1) Purchase, spread and level cricket loam (top dressing) to the cricket square, targeting 6 of the possible 10 wickets on the square. This operation also requires preparation of the surface by scarification and then reseeding. To do this well will be around £1300 of external specialist contactor costs, or we could control some of this costs utilising volunteers with materials and hired equipment.

2) Purchase a motorised roller for the square to allow for regular compression of playing surfaces. Some funds would be allocated to the upkeep or restoration of this equipment and to ensure we can keep it secure at the ground. 'The world is your oyster' with this one. To skimp it would be circa £600 with some coercing of members to pick it up, £3000 would likely be a very shiny pedestrian roller. We want reliable, serviceable and functioning, not bells and whistles, to see us through, so around £1600-£2000 up front should get us there for 2024 'and beyond'.

3) Assign funds for ongoing repair and servicing of ground equipment (machines, cover, etc) to ensure fixtures can be played with limited disruption in the event of breakdown. A buffer of £500 would be really handy to work with.

4) Procure other necessary ground maintenance equipment, materials and substances such as a proper wicket brush and rake. We've budgeted £700 for extra hand tools and materials.

We have estimated the costs of this but, in the event of availability of spare funds from prudent sourcing, utilisation of volunteers or successful fundraising, we may be able to:

  • improve more of the wickets 
  • fix the portable practice net 
  • repair the pavilion (e.g. pipework, fascia boards) 
  • reinstate gutter soakaways, etc.

Such works may go on until the end of 2024.

During this fundraiser, we will also be trying to generate donations and funds through our own activities to contribute directly to this campaign.

Community impact

Sometimes three cricket matches can be scheduled for a mid-summer week. In addition to local players and supporters, AWAY teams come from across the county and as far away as Bristol. We estimate over 500 visits are made to the ground each season purely for playing cricket. This excludes spectators (very young to much older) and all the recreational visits made to the ground. Therefore, we believe our local community widely benefits from cricket being played in Selsley, such as in custom to our nearby businesses and services.

Additionally, the Club provides an organisation for locals to meet and liaise. The ground itself is a rare amenity in the local setting as Selsley has few recreational facilities. Many residents make use of the ground for activities such as walking and games. Even paragliders and hot air balloons have been known to drop in….

Therefore we have created this fundraising project to not only improve the playing facilities at Selsley Cricket Club ground but to continue to provide many social, community and economic benefits to the network of players, supporters, associated groups, local businesses and organisations around us. 


We are also fundraisers ourselves. Pride of place in our recent fixtures was the 2022 fundraising match for those displaced and affected by flooding in Pakistan. We hosted a charity match with a Bristol based team and raised over £1000 to contribute to the relief effort. We planned a rematch for 2023 but that pesky weather thwarted our efforts, unfortunately at cost, for both the original date and a rearranged fixture. We have higher hopes for 2024.

How you can play your part

So please donate what you can or help us convince others to contribute. 

If you are a UK tax payer, don't forget to tick GIFT AID when you donate!

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. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – 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!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

2 of 13 claimed

£5 Reward Pack of 5 cards

Pack of 5 cards with envelopes, drawing of Selsley Cricket Club Pavilion. Perfect with Christmas coming up.

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£5 Reward - Reflexology voucher

Qualified Reflexologist Sarah offers a £10 voucher towards the cost of a 45 minute reflexology session in the warm and relaxing surroundings of a lovely log cabin in a cottage garden in Selsley.

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£15 PAT Testing

20 items of electrical equipment located in the town of Stroud needing portable appliance testing (PAT) in a work place has been offered by Coles Electrical for an unbelievable £15. RRP £25.

£20 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£20 One Hour Gardening

A Selsley player will come to your property (Stroud area) and garden for 60 hole minutes.

£20 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£20 Reward - A Tree Assessment

A qualified arboriculturist for a local business will visit your property (Stroud area) to assess one tree and give in person advice relating to its health and safe condition RRP £80-150

£25 or more

0 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward Bat Make Over

A bit of cricket bat TLC - A drop of linseed and a new grip. Minor repairs can be made (TBC), will need to drop off and collect from ground. Anti scuff sheets can be applied at additional cost.

£35 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£35 Reward - Mid week home match

Sponsor a midweek game and we'll name the 2024 fixture after you on the fixture list.

£35 or more

0 of 8 claimed

£35 Reward - Sunday match

Sponsor a Sunday match and we'll name the 2024 fixture after you on the fixture list.

£50 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward - Vice President

Not a title to be sniffed at. A small sum entitles you to Vice Presidency of Selsley Cricket Club for 12 months. Existing position holders should not apply through this fundraising process.

£150 or more

£150 Reward - Life Membership

Only available during fundraising, become a Life Member of Selsley Cricket Club. Better than the likes of National Trust or English Hertiage membership. Probably beats an MBE as well. Only £150!

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward Inter Club Match Day Sponsor

We'll be playing an inter-club match day as a 2024 pre-season. You or your business could be named after it. Named in the scorebook, legendary status for eternity, not just a day.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward - Taxi travel voucher

Apollo taxis, based in the Stroud area, are offering a voucher for £20 towards the cost of 1 taxi fare. For only £10!

£10 or more

5 of 5 claimed

20% Food Discount at The Bell.

THE BELL INN, Selsley is offering 20% off a food bill for up to 4 people. The Bell restaurant, under chef Mark Payne, has won many awards including Trencherman's Best Dining Pub in 2020 and regularly gains AA2 Rosettes for culinary excellence.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£45-60 Reward - Sports Therapy 30 min session

Stroud Sports Clinic has a multidisciplinary team and a highly skilled group of therapists providing sports and musculoskeletal therapy and rehabilitation. It is a widely respected clinic, led by Jason Ford, based in the modern Five Valleys Medical Practice in the centre of Stroud. Jason is offering a free 30 min session with him personally.

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