Newdigate Cricket Club - Net Replacement Project

by James Penfold in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

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On 22nd April 2022 we successfully raised £16,865 with 93 supporters in 56 days

Nets are an integral part of every cricket club. Following years of technical development, our nets are in desperate need of replacement.

by James Penfold in Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Who are we?

Newdigate Cricket Club was formed in 1849, joining the Surrey Downs League in 1999 and then switching to the Fuller’s in 2013.

We offer a friendly environment for cricketers of all ages and abilities.

In 2021, we ran two Saturday sides in the Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League. The 1st XI came 7th in the Premier Division and the 2nd XI came second and gained promotion. For 2022, Shepherd Neame has taken over the sponsorship of the league and it is now known as the Surrey County League.

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Why are the nets so important to us?

Nets are an integral part of every cricket club, but at Newdigate they are so much more. They are a meeting place and a magnet for boys, girls, men and women of all ages and abilities.

Originally installed in 1994 they are in use almost on a daily basis from March to October each year.

Following years of technical development our nets are now sadly out of date and in desperate need of replacement.

Why do we need new nets?

* The poles of the cage are made from a lightweight material that bend and jump out of the sockets, thus making the structure unstable.

* The cage is only five bays long and should be longer.

* The netting has to be constantly repaired to prevent cricket balls passing through.

* The bases have an inconsistent bounce, thus impairing quality practice.

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The effect of COVID-19 on Newdigate Cricket Club

Since the start of the pandemic, the net facility has been the one part of the club that has remained accessible to all club members due to it being outdoors and allowing for social distancing. We have incorporated a booking system to allow numbers to be controlled. This increase in usage throughout the pandemic has detrimentally impacted on the quality of the net system. In order to be able to maintain the increased use, we require a more appropriate dual net system.

With cricket matches being restricted throughout the pandemic, the training facility has been the only method of continuing to offer cricket to our members in a socially distanced and safe environment.

Health & Safety

One of our principal issues is health and safety. The club is growing, with many young families attending on a regular basis and our coaches have to be constantly vigilant in case someone encroaches into the danger area.

Newdigate Cricket Club is a community-based club and our premises are also used by plates, yoga, table tennis, football, scout and cub groups.

We are Clubmark accredited and we run four junior cricket teams, one ladies team, six adults teams and All Stars Cricket. We currently have 97 junior registrations. We also run the Chance to Shine Scheme at the club for years one and two for Newdigate Infant’s School pupils. During the school holidays we run a week-long summer camp.

The poor quality of the nets affects people in two ways - health and safety and performance. A new, approved fully enclosed net system is the only solution to our problems. We are requesting £50,000 which is the total project cost.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£10 Reward

2 tickets to the Kia Oval for a Royal London One-Day Cup fixture on August 7th 2022.

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£10 Reward

2 tickets to the Kia Oval for a Royal London One-Day Cup fixture on August 17th 2022.

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4 tickets to the Surrey vs. Gloucestershire Royal London One-Day Cup fixture on Friday 19th August.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward

Limited edition signed and mounted Surrey Squad print.

£10 or more

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£10 Reward

2 tickets to other Surrey matches throughout the season (dependent on availability).

£10 or more

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£10 Reward

2 tickets to the Surrey vs. Gloucestershire T20 Blast fixture on Tuesday 31st May.

£20 or more

Social Membership 2022

Access to the subsidised bar and pavilion facility.

£40 or more

Junior Membership - Additional Sibling

Junior Membership for 2022 (ages 8-16). Includes free weekly training at Newdigate Cricket Club, league cricket at age-group level, free access to winter training at Belmont school and access to the pavilion facilities

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Newdigate Shooting Ground - 50 Sporting Experience

50 Sporting Experience – normally £50 – 50 targets with an instructor (includes 50 cartridges, gun hire, eye & ear protection). Nestled in Surrey on the West Sussex border, Newdigate Shooting Ground offers a mixture of open field, hedgerow & woodland stands. Thank you to Newdigate Shooting Ground for supporting our great cause.

£55 or more

Half Season Membership

Half season membership for 2022. Allows a maximum of 6 Seniors weekend cricket matches, plus access to the subsidised bar and pavilion facility. Normally £65.00 per member.

£60 or more

Ladies and Under 23s Membership

Ladies and Under 23s Membership. Includes free weekly training at Newdigate Cricket Club, league cricket, free access to winter training at Belmont school and access to the pavilion facilities. Normally £70.00 per member.

£65 or more

Junior Membership (8-16 Years Old)

Junior Membership for 2022 (ages 8-16). Includes free weekly training at Newdigate Cricket Club, league cricket at age-group level, free access to winter training at Belmont school and access to the pavilion facilities. Normally £75.00 per member.

£100 or more

Adult Membership

Adult Membership for 2022. Unlimited access to Newdigate Cricket Club's training facilities, free weekly coaching, free access to winter training at Belmont school, plus access to the subsidised bar and pavilion facility. Normally £110.00 per adult.

£175 or more

Family Membership

Family Membership for 2022. Two adult memberships plus children (unlimited). Includes unlimited access to Newdigate Cricket Club's training facilities, free weekly coaching, free access to winter training at Belmont school, access to the subsidised bar and pavilion facility and exclusive opportunities to hire the Cricket Club. Normally £185.00.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dog walker / Dog sitter

2 hours of a dog walking or dog sitting service.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Table Tennis Lesson

One 30 minute table tennis lesson with John Callcut.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Social Membership

Social Membership for 2022

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Meal Voucher at The Plough, Leigh

One of our local businesses, The Plough in Leigh, have very kindly donated a £20 meal voucher to spend in their pub. Valid for 2022.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Babysitting

5 hours of babysitting for a day/evening.

£24 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Deep Tissue Massage at Parkview Clinic

Over 50% off a 60-minute deep tissue massage at Parkview Clinic, Reigate. Normally worth £58.

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