Ambleside CC, Warwickshire Practise Facilities

by Steve Randle in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

£10,529

 
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+ est. £1031.00
£15,000 stretch target 1 day left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 25th May 2022 at 10:00am

Our practise facilities were installed by the club over 15 years ago and due and they have now become unsafe and dangerous to use.

by Steve Randle in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We have just taken on responsibility for another club in a local village and additional funds would be used to improve facilities there for the local residents. 


Our Organisation

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                                                                                 (one of the clubs adult teams)

Ambleside Cricket Club was formed in 1985 and is based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. 5 years ago we were struggling for membership and considered reducing our team numbers. However, after a period of massive growth, we now have 4 adult Saturday teams playing in the Warwickshire League (Divisions 5, 8 North & east and 9 North & East) with our first team achieving 2 promotions in recent years, and 2 Thursday league teams playing in the Nuneaton Thursday League. 

Over the Winter we have worked with a local village cricket club and merged them into our club meaning we now how more players and an additional ground to maintain. As a result, we now need better and more facilities to accommodate our members needs. 

The Project you are Funding

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Practise Nets

Through the growth of the club our practise facilities have become tired and a health and safety issue which means we can no longer use them. This provides the club with a number of critical issues:

  • A challenge to attract new members without suitable practise facilities
  • Difficult to coach junior players to reach their potential
  • Prepare for matches and achieve our goals without somewhere to practise
  • Build on our thriving junior section with facilities to match the quality of coaching  

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As you can see above, our members have already started working to clear the old area ready to install the improved facility. We are doing as much of the work ourselves to reduce the cost of the overall project.

We have worked tirelessly to raise funds to be able to update our nets but just as we seem to get close to our goal, uncontrollable issues present themselves which we have had to work through including the pandemic and withdrawn funding.

We have raised around 50% of the funds that we need to complete our renovation project and now reaching out for support to achieve our project.   

Junior Section

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Part of the reason behind the clubs dwindling numbers was the lack of a Junior section, developing the cricketers of the future. In the past 10 years, we have created a thriving junior section with over 100 children playing competitive cricket in the Warwickshire Youth Leagues. We created an inclusive club for all abilities, boys and girls, to have a go at playing cricket. 

We are now reaping the rewards of this plan as last season 19 juniors played within our adult teams. Not only did they make up the majority of our newly formed 4th team but we also had a couple make their 1st team debut!

All Stars Cricket

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The junior story opened another chapter with the birth of All Stars Cricket and Ambleside was one of the founding clubs to sign up to become an All Stars Cricket Venue. Numbers increased gradually and in our 3rd season of All Stars we have 54 boys and girls sign up to the programme. There was a huge effort from the club to support the successful delivery of All Stars and we were rewarded by being rated 5 stars by the parents, one of only 3 clubs in Warwickshire to achieve this rating.

Girls Cricket

Last year after a couple setbacks due to the pandemic, we launched our new girls section. After the success of All Stars, we wanted to evolve the journey for the girls that had enjoyed their first experiences of cricket. 

We had 13 girls regularly attend the training sessions which continued long into the Autumn due to the enjoyment they had.

This year we want to grow our girls section and what a better time than when women's cricket will be part of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. We will be United by Birmingham 2022 to inspire young girls to have a go at playing cricket. 

We will "bring people together" by offering opportunities to all abilities across a range of age groups and by involving the parents within our club.

Through expanding our girls section we will "improve the health and wellbeing" of all those that engage by providing weeks of training and games, providing a mix of knowledge, skill and physical activity.

We will "help the region to grow and succeed" by providing volunteering opportunities to get involved with the coaching and organising of the girls section. We will be offering local businesses opportunities to promote themselves through sponsorship and as a club we will share their trades across our membership. Local groups supporting local businesses.

We will "be a catalyst for change" be providing opportunities for girls to be involved in a sport that they haven't experienced before, opening up another potential interest for them and developing skills that they will be able to utilise in other areas of their lives.

All this will hopefully provide them with an unforgettable experience which means they will want to continue with their cricketing journey and we will create a legacy for girls cricket together.    

Our Club in the Community

Through working with the Warwickshire Cricket Board, we provide the local primary schools with the venue to hold their Chance to Shine Festivals. This is also a great advert for our club and through our close relationship with the Board, we invite the children to come back and try out club cricket.

We have a strong relationship with our local secondary school where we provide them with access to our training facilities and provide quality wickets for their fixtures. 

We are also local to Bramcote Barracks where the Gurkha Regiment is stationed and we provide wickets for them to play a number of their fixtures each year. 

As mentioned previously we have worked tirelessly over the winter to ensure a local village cricket club can continue by bringing them into the Ambleside family. It's their 50th anniversary this year and we are so pleased to have played a part in ensuring they can celebrate it and look forward to joining in with them.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Warwickshire CCC Cricket Bat

A cricket bat signed by all the players from Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

One to one junior coaching session

A 30 minute one to one coaching session for a junior cricket session from one of the clubs qualified coaches.

£15 or more

2 of 25 claimed

A Pair of Royal London Tickets

A pair of tickets to watch Warwickshire play in a Royal London Cup match at Edgbaston.

£15 or more

8 of 10 claimed

A Pair of tickets to a Birmingham Bears T20 Match

A pair of tickets to watch the Birmingham Bears T20 match at Edgbaston, subject to match availability.

£50 or more

2 of 11 claimed

1st Team Ball Sponsor

Sponsor the match ball for all 1st team home fixtures and the club will promote your business.

£1,000 or more

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1st Team Kit Sponsor

Sponsor the 1st team kit and have you company name printed on their shirts to provide advertising for your business.

£10 or more

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Free Lawn Cut

Free Lawn Cut from Woody Grass & Paint

£10 or more

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10% of Home Jet Wash

Jet Wash provided by PHJ Home & Garden Services

£10 or more

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£15 Butchers Voucher

Voucher provided by Crowhill Butchers. https://www.crowhillqualitybutchers.co.uk/

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Voucher for Aki's Fish Bar

£20 voucher to use at Aki's Fish Bar, Victoria Road, Nuneaton https://www.facebook.com/AkisFishBar

£15 or more

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A Pair of tickets to a Coventry City match

A pair of tickets ofr a Coventry City match in the 2022/23 season

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