Petworth Park CC: Fundraising for Facilities

Petworth Park CC: Fundraising for Facilities

Total raised £12,887

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £979.50
£20,000 target 34 days left
64% 152 supporters

To buy and upgrade equipment & facilities at Petworth Park Cricket Club.

Who are we?

Petworth Park Cricket Club is an open to all community cricket club, nestled in the heart of the South Downs in a beautiful and historic deer park in West Sussex; serving the community of Petworth and surrounding area and providing opportunities for all ages and abilities to enjoy and participate in the sport of cricket. 

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The Revival

In 2016 a group of locals re-founded Petworth Park Cricket Club after it had folded and built a new club from the ground up.  In 2017 a club committee was formed, a constitution was adopted and PPCC began its journey to bring cricket back to the community of Petworth.

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How Far We Have Come!

From the early days in of two men and a mower discovering a long discarded cricket square in the middle of Petworth Park Sports ground and setting to work to restore the ground, we undertook a year of hard work and planning and cricket finally returned to its rightful place in Petworth Park1715606380_grounds_man.jpg.

In the seven years since its resurrection, PPCC has grown from a standing start having been rebuilt from the ground up to now offer junior, women's and adult cricket for our community: with three adult league teams, a Sunday XI & T20 XI, a Women's Soft Ball Cricket league team, four Junior age-group teams, and offering the ECB All Stars & Dynamos programmes.

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The club was incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2017, with CASC status (Community Amateur Sports Club) following in 2021. In 2023 the club achieved ECB Clubmark accreditation in recognition of being a well run, well organised club with good values, inclusivity and safeguarding at its core. 

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2024: Collecting our ECB Clubmark Accreditation Certificate and Safe Hands Award

The club has now taken on a second ground in Tillington to fulfil the growing demand, and additional funding for facilities is now needed, with a dedicated grounds team to assist with upkeep and necessary ongoing renovations at both grounds.

Why are we crowdfunding?

The progress on the field has outstripped progress in improving facilities, and now the club's main focus is on fundraising for facilities. We are working very hard to secure funds for additional equipment including a new score-box, a Flicx Pitch, sight screens, pitch covers and further grounds machinery.  

All of this equipment will have a massive impact on our ability to develop and provide more match play and training for all sections; it would hugely benefit the whole club and ensure the continued development of junior, women’s and adult cricket in our community. The new equipment would help all  sections to practice and play safely alongside one another throughout the season.

Developing our Women's and Girls Cricket is an essential part of our club focus

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This fundraising project is intended to cement the rapid progress the club has made over the last seven years, by delivery quality facilities which leads to increased participation.  

The investment in facilities will help secure the future of the club after an establishment period that has seen so much growth.  Currently our participation levels are high in spite of, not because of, the quality of the facilities.  

How we’ll spend the money raised

  • Sight Screens.  There are no sight screens at the ground, and this is an important feature of any club, making the game safer as the ball is often hard to see against the backdrop of a dark hedgeline or tree.  £3k - £4k
  • New Scorebox.  The existing score box, as much as it is dearly loved, is decades old and badly rotten.  The numbers are clumsy and dysfunctional.  We would like to invest in a new scorebox, equipped with digital numbers and ready for the modern scoring and live-broadcasting of scores.  We’d also like to have a small repeater scoreboard linked to the pavilion which is situated a long way from the boundary.  £8k - £12k
  • New Covers.  When PPCC was re-founded in 2017, three committed members drove to Scarborough to collect an eBay purchase - three roll-on covers.  These have served well for the price paid, but we now need to get serious about keeping our pitches dry with the growing number of fixtures.  We would like to buy a new set of up to date roll-on covers plus side sheets to make our groundsman’s life easier and get more games on! £4k - £6k
  • Flicx Pitch.  A Flicx pitch is a brilliant roll-out man-made pitch that's totally portable and versatile as it can easily be used for junior matches, women’s soft ball cricket matches or adults, and can be used in the net area inside an existing mobile batting cage.  This would be a great way of us getting more simultaneous matches on and increasing cricket opportunities.  £4- £4.5k
  • Grounds Machinery.  This an area that needs considerable improvement.  The main priorities are currently are a good wicket mower, a powered brush/rake and (if budget permits!) a triple mower for the outfield to replace the current tractor led gang mowers.  £10k - £25k (machinery can be cut to the size of the available funds, including the option of refurbished second hand machinery.

Depending on the amount raised we will buy the new equipment required in order of priority.

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Community impact

The club is very proud of the impact it makes in our community.  In 2017 we launched our first crowd fundraising project to  fund the excavation and relaying of the cricket square, an essential piece of work in order for cricket matches to be played at Petworth Park again! We successfully raised enough for the initial ground works to be undertaken and took our first steps to develop the ground for a new generation of sports players and enthusiasts.

In 2018 we launched a successful campaign to raise money for a new practice net facility. With the help of generous donations our project was successfully completed and we were delighted to officially open our new nets facility in June 2021, to cater for all the new juniors, women and adults we were getting active through cricket after the challenges of the Covid-19 outbreak.

June 2021: PPCC All Stars with Johnny Barclay (former President of the MCC and former captain of Sussex CC) and representatives from Petworth Town Council, Petworth Park Sports and  Sussex Cricket Foundation celebrating the opening of their new practice nets.

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Our progress on the field has outstripped progress in improving facilities, and we desperately need additional funding to help continue to sustain and grow our club to continue to offer sporting opportunities to juniors, women and adults in our local community. 

1715606758_2.jpgThe club is very inclusive, offering a range of opportunities for all ages and abilities. The Club offers bursaries for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds /where financial barriers to participation may otherwise exist.

The Club has strong links with community organisations and we have actively reached out to our local schools and youth organisations to give their pupils and young people the opportunity to learn and play cricket. This has included running club-funded after school clubs and coached cricket sessions for Petworth Primary School, Midhurst & Rother College (secondary school), and 1st Petworth Cub Scouts and Beavers. This outreach work has resulted in closer community links, giving local young people the opportunity to try out a sport they may not necessarily otherwise have the opportunity to, and has brought new young players to the club. 

1st Petworth Scout Group enjoying a coached cricket session for cubs at Petworth Park CC

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We maintain high levels of communication with our members and encourage two way communication through regular communication and surveys. We offer support to our young people in accessing programmes such as the Sussex Pathway and Young Leaders in Cricket; and we support club members and players in pursuing coach training, having a team of volunteer coaches all ECB qualified via the Club.

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Our History

Cricket in Petworth Park has a history dating back to the early 1800's, with five recorded first class matches in the 1840's when Petworth Cricket Club was briefly a major team. The pitch was originally in front of Petworth House (now owned by the National Trust) before it moved to ‘Petworth New Ground’ a short distance from its original site, still within the historic deer park but in a dedicated area for sports where for decades Petworth Park Cricket Club has played in the beautiful current position overlooking the South Downs.

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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. 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!

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Rewards

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

£60 or more

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A Fizzy Spectator Picnic

At any home game of your choice, we will provide you with a picnic hamper for two, including a classic cricket tea with a bottle of Prosecco. Two sun-loungers will be set out for your romantic/platonic viewing of some high quality village cricket, be sure to pick a sunny day and bring your sun cream! Booking required, dates subject to availability.

£8 or more

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£10 Voucher for Sorella

Pledge £8 or more and receive a £10 voucher to spend on something fantastic from Sorella, ladies fashion boutique in East Street, Petworth. (https://sorellaclothing.co.uk/)

£10 or more

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Starter for Ten

Thanks for giving some of your hard earned cash. We appreciate it and would love to buy you a drink on the house next time you're at the ground!

£20 or more

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Bashed Up!

We'd love to say thanks for your donation with a ticket to our Big Music Bash on Sunday 25th August!

£50 or more

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Tip of the Cap!

Thank you so much for donating! We'd like to give you a PPCC cap to wear with pride, and a ticket to this year's Big Music Bash fundraiser on Sunday 25th August!

£75 or more

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Voucher for a Beautiful Silk Suzani Cushion

For a pledge of £75 or more you will receive a warm fuzzy feeling you are helping to build a future for cricket in our local community PLUS you'll receive a £90 voucher for a beautiful handmade silk Suzani cushion from Rugs of Petworth (choose from any of these beauties here: www.rugsofpetworth.co.uk/collections/cushions-suzani-cushions) (Voucher value £90.00)

£200 or more

Become a PPCC Vice President

Join our wonderful team of Vice Presidents, who are annual supporters of the club and enjoy the social side of membership. VPs are essential to our ongoing efforts to make improvements to the facilities, and each year you'll be invited to the VP & Sponsor's Reception and the Chairman's BBQ at Cricket Lodge!

£1,000 or more

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We Host Your Cricket Match!

For those wanting to be a little extra generous, we are offering a uniques experience to bring a team (or teams) to play a a 40 over fixture at our stunning home ground. Umpires and a scorer will be provided along with use of the practice nets. The day will include a full cricket tea served at the interval, along with 6 chilled bottles of Nyetimber served at a point of your choosing (Before the game? Why not?!) Licensed bar all day.

£15 or more

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Movie Night For Two

For a pledge of £15 or more we'd like to thank you with a pair of tickets to see a movie at the Leconfield Hall Cinema in Petworth (don't forget the popcorn!) RRP £20.00 (2 x adult tickets). For film schedule visit www.leconfieldhall.org.uk

£45 or more

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Cut & Blow Dry voucher

For a pledge of £45 or more not only will you feel amazing for helping to support our fantastic project, but you will LOOK amazing too as you will be rewarded with a voucher for a cut and blow dry at Deja Vu, Hairdressing Salon in Petworth. (RRP £50-£55 see https://dejavupetworth.co.uk/)

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