New outdoor nets at Neston Cricket Club

by Bernard Thorne in Neston, Cheshire West and Chester, United Kingdom

Total raised £5,273

£20,000 target 34 days left
26% 75 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 27th March 2024 at 2:40pm

Neston Cricket Club’s outdoor nets are in disrepair, not fit for purpose or safe to use. We are raising £20,000 towards replacing them

by Bernard Thorne in Neston, Cheshire West and Chester, United Kingdom

We need your help again...

Last year we asked for your help to transform our old pavilion into a fantastic new fitness studio - your response was overwhelming, with your generosity and match funding from the Places & Spaces Sport England initiative we raised over £29,000 and we now a have a wonderful state of the art fitness space - getting more people active and into sport.



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We are now looking for your help again in 2024, this time helping us to transform our Hub of Cricket here at Neston - the outdoor nets area.

We have lots of new rewards so please help dig deep again if you can and help us get even more people into sport.

Who are we?

Neston Cricket is part of the Neston Club and is one of the country's premier cricket clubs with two magnificent grounds and great social facilities.
Whatever your age or cricket ability you are welcome to play at Neston – we have a team for you.

Every Saturday in the summer we run four senior men's sides with our 1st XI competing in the Cheshire County ECB Premier League.

We also play friendly but competitive Sunday matches and have a very enthusiastic and successful Over 40s side.

Our Ladies team reformed in 2021 and now play softball cricket in the Cheshire League.

The Junior Section is one of the largest around with over 300 children - girls & boys from age 2 on our very successful All Sports Stars initiative through to aged 18.  

Each year we also welcome national competitions including the ECB Girls U13/U15 National semi finals and the ECB Disability Premier League and various representative matches.



Why are we crowdfunding?

With such large cricket participation at all ages here at Neston, all our facilities face a huge demand on them, be it pitches, equipment, social areas etc. But the area which is the Hub of the club and the one which sees constant traffic throughout the summer is the outdoor net area.

The outdoor nets are so important and vital to developing and honing cricket skills, in use everyday from the start of April through to the end of September. Be it for organised training sessions or just children practicing together- the nets are always open for use.

Never closed unless the weather intervenes, we pride ourselves on saying they are always available. However with the nets becoming more and more dangerous we now having to consider closing the nets for casual use and only allowing organised training, something as a Club we want to avoid at all costs as we feel it is so important for children in particular to play and develop their skills together in an ad-hoc manner as well as in structured coaching sessions.

So we have a serious problem with this hub of the club which needs urgent attention and above all your help.

The outdoor nets are over seventeen years old and are now showing their age very badly, They have been patched & repaired a number of times but they are now no longer fit for purpose and in places no longer safe to use. The situation has been made worse over this winter, where a number of storms have flooded the net area and damaged further the playing surface and surrounding area.


To remedy the situation the Club is planning to invest in a new "state of the art" four lane outdoor cricket net facility and we are looking to raise £20,000 to help part-fund this exciting new project.

A project which will give all our players & visitors  young, old, girls, boys, women and men a fit for purpose training area to safely develop their skills and abilities. A new hub which will ensure we can continue to thrive and offer cricket to more and more.

As a club we are already actively involved in the community, hosting local school competitions, running holiday camps etc , the new net facility will allow us to expand our outreach plans with potential extra school training use and the introduction of disability cricket coaching.

We are hoping that the fantastic new outdoor nets will provide a environment that encourages  more people to take up and continue to play cricket across all demographics of our local community. 

  • Attracting and retaining more junior girls & boys into cricket 
  • Helping them develop their cricket and continue to play cricket as adults
  • Attracting and retaining more senior men and women into cricket.
  • Attracting more players in traditionally underrepresented groups/schools

How we’ll spend the money raised

Any donation or money from a reward purchased will go directly to the new outdoor nets project and help us sustain cricket training for all and allow us to offer so much more to the wider community.

We also plan to take advantage of opportunities from funding bodies such as England Cricket Board/Cheshire Cricket/Sports England , corporate sponsors and local authority grants as we drive towards our overall project target of £90,000.  



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. 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.

£18 or more

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It's back - The Cricket Afternoon Tea

Neston Cricket's traditional afternoon tea event returns - this time helping to raise money for the outdoor nets project. The most delicious ticket in town, don't miss out – it’s the event of the summer. All home made by our dedicated team of cricket Star Bakers - only £18 per person including a glass of prosecco – too good to miss!

£10 or more

8 of 100 claimed

Chance to WIN a Handmade Jnr WOODSTOCK cricket bat

Be in it to win it ! £10 gets you two Raffle tickets to have a chance to WIN a beautifully crafted handmade size 6 Junior Cricket Bat - Expertly crafted by the Woodstock founder John Newsome in his Suffolk workshop OR buy two of these rewards for £20 and get 15 RAFFLE tickets in the draw !

£10 or more

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Chance to WIN a Handmade Snr WOODSTOCK cricket bat

Be in it to win it ! £10 gets you five Raffle tickets to have a chance to WIN a beautifully crafted handmade FULL SIZE SENIOR Cricket Bat - Expertly crafted by the Woodstock founder John Newsome in his Suffolk workshop OR buy two of these rewards for £20 and get 15 RAFFLE tickets in the draw !

£10 or more

8 of 100 claimed

Entry into the Last Man Stands football game

Why not enter Russ's Last Man Stands football game - Have a chance to win over £100 and raise funds for the cricket nets

£30 or more

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Get a free fitness session for every 6 booked

Club Members buy 6 fitness sessions for £30 (Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi/Body Con) for use in the new indoor studio and get £5 on your club account

£35 or more

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Grab a bottle our award winning of 1881 Club Gin

Bottle of award winning Neston Club 1881 Gin for only £35 (normally £40). Over 18s only

£40 or more

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Cheltenham Race Day at the Neston Club

Get your tickets for the racing event of the year at the Neston Club. This event on Gold Cup day is always a winner and this year we are raising money for the new outdoor nets project. A great Garni buffet awaits you, while you watch a great day of racing unfold on the big screen - £40 per person

£45 or more

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1 to 1 Cricket Coaching with Brad Donelan

1 to1 Cricket coaching lesson for only £45 (normal price £50) with Brad Donelan former county cricketer and club Level 3 cricket coach. Have a look at his website

£50 or more

25 of 50 claimed

Get an extra £5 for every £50 on your club account

Top your Club bar account up with £50 and we will make it up to £55 - Yes that's a free drink on us if you help us fundraise for the nets

£80 or more

5 of 80 claimed

Match Fees sorted for the season

Rather than worry about paying you your match fee each week - pay £80 and be done with it, saving you time and money !

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Get a table at the ever popular club Sunday Roast

It's usually a sell out but here's a bargain - three courses for 4 people for only £100 (Normally £28.95 per person)

£100 or more

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Six Bottles of Premier Sporting Wines

For £100 get 6 bottle of premier Sporting Wines (rrp over £120) Over 18s only 1 x L10 (Messi Malbec) 1 x L10 Premium Malbec 1 x Botham, Merril Willis 1 x Meerkat Chenin Blanc (Shalk Burger) 1 x Three Three Three Rose (Gooch)

£500 or more

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Neston Cricket Business Breakfast Club

Introducing the Neston Cricket BUSINESS BREAKFAST CLUB (BBC) - a network of business professionals and sports enthusiasts committed to supporting the continued success of the cricketing community. For just £500 you get Membership of Business Breakfast Club (BBC) Quarterly Breakfast Networking Events Access to Business Mentors Company Logo on Neston Cricket Website Invitation to Neston Cricket Golf Days

£1,000 or more

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Become a Sponsor of our new Castore one day kit

Get your company name on the back of our new distinctive blue & pink one day shirt. £1000 per year for three years

£1,400 or more

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Sponsor our Junior Cricketers at the Neston Club

Junior Cricket at really booming at Neston Cricket. Be part of something really special by becoming one of our sponsors - includes an advertising board set up and positiion

£15 or more

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Gift Voucher for £20 to spend at Bolete Neston

For a pledge of £15 get a gift voucher for £20 at the newest restaurant in Neston - the fantastic Bolete

£25 or more

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Sharing platter for 2 & Wine at the Red Lion

Enjoy a delicious Sunday sharing platter for 2 and a bottle of wine at this friendly family run pub and kitchen right on the picturesque Parkgate front (normal price £30) Over 18s only

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