St Mary Bourne Cricket Club NEW NETS WANTED

by Jonny Orange in Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 17th April 2023 we successfully raised £14,575 with 87 supporters in 151 days

To install two permanent cricket nets at St. Mary Bourne Cricket Club to further grow and develop the youth talent in the village and beyond

by Jonny Orange in Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The first stage of this project is to build 2 permanent cricket. We currently have no nets and we are already have more junior players at SMB than many local clubs - all of who have permanent cricket nets. We need nets!

Who are we?1667565708_smb_adults.jpg

St. Mary Bourne Cricket Club was first established in the mid 1800s and has has a rich tapestry of cricketing history.  Two years ago, after COVID-19, the Junior club was revived and now hosts 140 juniors, from ECB All Stars to under 15s, for training on a Friday night.  Last year they played 60 matches against local opposition.  Friday nights has now become a social event for the village providing a BBQ and bar pitch-side for all the community as well as generating increased support and revenue for other facilities such as the community village shop and the local pub.



Community impact

The junior and senior members are all local to the area and in 2022, we managed to get 200 people being coached by SMBCC or playing for SMBCC seniors or juniors. So this is definitely a community project - affecting many local families here.   The club actively promotes cricket for all, with 34% female junior members as well as including several members with additional needs. Older juniors are encouraged to go on to become adult players, young coaches and umpires with the support of Hampshire cricket.



A junior member enjoying his first adult season

The junior club has been supported by local businesses, Ninny's House and Vitacress, who have sponsored clothing and equipment to remove any financial barriers to being part of the club.


The cricket club aims to produce future cricketers but, more importantly, enjoyment, exercise, friends and mental well being.


The pitch is also used by so many different community groups: the local school, a local pre-school nursery, the local croquet club, dog walkers, an annual charity run and of course the junior and senior cricket clubs. 


Why are we crowdfunding?

 As the juniors grow older, bigger and stronger the club needs permanent nets to be able to coach and develop their cricketing skills. Additionally the adult teams is also growing with the momentum inspiring new inexperienced members to join.   Permanent cricket nets are the safest and best way to practice. Every other club of our size we know has nets - we don't. 

Fundraising has already been happening and the Club is 50% on the way to its target.  We hope by crowdfunding with matched funding that we will be able to gain momentum to raise the final funds to finance the project in the short timeframe required.   We need the funds by January so that the nets can be built in time for the 2023 season.


How we’ll spend the money raised

1667398682_longparish_cc_1.jpg100% of the money raised will go towards the permanent nets project. We need an additional £20,000 to fund the new permanent nets. Here is an image of the permanent nets that we are aspiring to build.

How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this exciting 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. We are offering local business Sponsorship options - please contact [email protected]

4. Create a fundraiser of your own. Use the button on our page to get started. 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

Bacon cheese burger at the Cricket BBQ

This is for anyone to purchase a special Bacon Cheeseburger at a youth training session at SMBCC

£5 or more

Dog walking from SMBCC

£5 per dog walk, which has been kindly volunteered by local SMB children. A responsible adult will be present at all times.

£10 or more

A Cake - made with love by SMB Children

A cake of your choice - A tray of brownies, carrot cake, a lemon drizzle cake, chocolate sponge cake ... Made with love by the Children in St Mary Bourne

£10 or more

Car Cleaning by SMBCC

Have your car cleaned in time for Christmas. Cars will need to be brought to a named location on the morning of Sunday 18th December. A team of kids (and adults) from SMB will be there to ensure a superb clean car AND teas / coffees / bacon sandwiches will also be available on site.

£50 or more

£50 Farming experience

Spend half a day on the farm, feeding animals and riding in a tractor Donated Kindly by Binley Farms Ltd

£50 or more

Hockey lesson

2x 45 minute hockey lessons with a Level 2 Hockey coach. Normal RRP - £70. Donated kindly by Andover Hockey Club

£60 or more

2 nights camping at Binfest camping festival

Come and have fun and join in at Binfest camping festival in August 2023. Lots of activities for adults and children. Normal RRP £75. Donated kindly by the organisers of Binfest 2023

£100 or more

1-2-1 Cricket coaching lesson (set of 2 lessons)

1-2-1 cricket coaching lesson for 2 separate lessons (1 hr each) the coaching will be delivered by an ECB qualified cricket coach, incl. video analysis and bowling machine. Normal RRP £120. Kindly donated by St Mary Bourne CC

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Hire nets & pitch (astro) for summer match

Hire the SMB cricket pitch, nets and pavilion for a match. The date will need careful planning so it doesnt clash with any adult / kids matches.

£2,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

SMBCC Net Sponsorship

This is to sponsor the new SMBCC permanent nets with a waterproof banner advert to go along the side of the nets.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

4 dozen free range eggs

Eggs will be delivered to your door - a dozen a week/fortnightly. Donated kindly by Mrs E Maclay

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Claire Barlow Family Photoshoot

Claire Barlow Photography have very kindly donated a one hour Family photoshoot with the end result of you getting the best 2 resulting images. Check out Claire's webpage - or Instagram (clairebarlowphotography) Claire has 14+ years of experience and this is a great Xmas present. You wont be disappointed. This would normally be worth £400.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Claire Barlow Family Photo Shoot

Claire Barlow Photography have very kindly donated a one hour Family photoshoot with the end result of you getting the best 5 resulting images. Check out Claire's webpage - or Instagram (clairebarlowphotography) Claire has 14+ years of experience and this is a great Xmas present. You wont be disappointed. This would normally be worth £560.

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