Taking Whittington Cricket Club to the Next Level

by Nigel Watson in Lichfield, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £25,686

raised so far

+ est. £3227.00 Gift Aid

148

supporters

Whittington CC are sustaining our future by installing a Borehole & elevating club facilities with The Sky Deck & The Western Terrace

by Nigel Watson in Lichfield, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 23rd July 2023 we'd raised £25,386 with 146 supporters in 38 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

The borehole is the first phase of our ambition to go completely 'Off Grid'. Additional money would be set aside for future projects which could include a Wind Turbine and a Ground Source Heat Pump.


Who are we?

Whittington Cricket Club is a vibrant family-centric community united by a shared passion for cricket. Diversity is at the heart of our ethos, and we take immense pride in catering to cricketers of all genders, ages, and abilities. We have five senior teams, including a female squad, and a staggering eight junior teams, including a flourishing girls' section. We have a wonderful ground in Whittington and welcome anyone to play, watch, or relax with a drink at our pavilion bar.

Friday night host our All Stars and Dynamos sessions, where over 70 of our youngest members enjoy their cricket journey with us and our enthusiastic team of activators. During the season, there is usually a game in motion on one of our two grounds.

We’re a tight-knit community club interwoven with the fabric of our village. With over 240 dedicated club members, a passionate team of 30+ volunteers, and one of the largest junior sections in the area our club enjoys a real sense of belonging and purpose.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Since the easing of the Pandemic, we have been working hard as a club to constantly improve our offering to our community. Over the past two seasons, we have made significant improvements to our facilities, attracted a growing number of members, and continue to aspire to embed deeper as the heart of our community.

We are focused on delivering goals to adopt renewable energy technologies and enhance the member and community experience in an environmentally sustainable way.

In order to take our club to the next step in our roadmaps, we have outlined three projects;

  • The Sky Deck; a raised premium viewing platform offering unparalleled views of the playing area, as well as providing a comfortable and safe place to socialise and enjoy the cricket.
  • The Western Terrace; A more traditional area of terracing for families to enjoy a picnic whilst watching the action.
  • The Borehole; Phase one of the club’s ambition to go 'off grid' and produce our own heating, electricity and water. The borehole will provide us with fresh water to irrigate the ground even during the hot and dry summer months.

How we’ll spend the money raised

We are planning to fully fund the Western Terrace and the Skylounge via this crowdfunding campaign, which we have costed at around £15,000. We have secured 60% of the funding to go ahead with the Borehole, but we still need a further £10,000 in order to make this happen.

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Community impact

Our projects are designed to adopt renewable energy technologies and enhance the member and community experience. On match days and our club training nights, we attract a large number of families who enjoy our facilities socially with family and friends. The Western Terrace and Sky Deck will improve the quality of the experience, as well as allowing us to increasing our capacity. We will be able to provide a variety of experiences for community and youth groups that also use our facilities.

Our Borehole project will allow us to present a beautiful picture postcard of a cricket ground in an environmentally sustainable way. We are also looking to increase our environmental credentials, and we see the Borehole as an important first step and statement of intent to become completely 'off grid' and energy and services self-sufficient.

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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. Time is of the essence, and your prompt support is crucial to our success. Every contribution, propels us closer to our target.

2. Spread the word. Share our project far and wide across your social media platforms. Encourage your friends, family, and followers to join us on this venture. The more people we reach, the greater our support will grow. 

3. Offer rewards. Are you a local business eager to make a lasting impact? Join forces with us by donating rewards that we can offer to our generous supporters. In return, we'll give you a well-deserved shout-out and forge a mutually beneficial partnership. See below how your business can feature on this page!

Also, please check out our smart Bucket Hats!!! Yours for a pledge of £15!

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4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or unique initiative – 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!

Our Generous Reward Supporters!

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Dynamo/U10 Summer Plus Programme 28/7 to 1/9

We intend to extend our softball Friday sessions until early September (Bar/BBQ will continue too!). We will be running 6 training sessions from 6.30pm to 8.00pm from Friday 28th July to Friday 1st September (inclusive) We may chuck in some Sunday morning sessions too! (tbc) Each kid will also get a Bucket hat too! To sign up just make a minimum donation of £30 via our CrowdFunding Campaign

£5 or more

Let your child leave their mark on our 'Kids Wall'

Donate £5 and your child can leave their handprint on our 'Kids Wall' that we will display in our clubhouse. We will arrange for a handprint, your childs name and a short message to be added to some large canvasses that we will display in our clubhouse. A great reminder of the 2023 season, this crowdfunding campaign and your involvement in Whittington Cricket Club!

£10 or more

Round of Golf Prize Draw

Pledge £10 to buy a ticket to be entered into a very special Prize Draw. The winning ticket (To be drawn on our Women & Girls Cricket Festival on the 2nd July) will win a Four Ball round of Golf at Whittington Heath Golf Club (RRP £360) - Many thanks to the Golf Club for donating this! Good luck!!! www.whittingtonheathgc.co.uk

£10 or more

Social Club Membership till Sep 2024

Become a social member of the club for this season and the next for the bargain pledge of £10. This means you are free to use our clubhouse and bar facilities whenever they are open

£15 or more

Whittington CC Bucket Hat

Treat yourself to a wonderful summer Bucket Hat! Ben Stokes has been seen waring these recently! Support the club with our ambitious plans and get yourself a branded bucket hat! – all proceeds will go towards our ground improvement projects The Aussies have their Baggie Greens, we prefer the Bucket

£25 or more

Mr Rotavator - 1 Hours Rotavating

1 hours rotavating from local business Mr Rotavator

£30 or more

One Hours Coaching 1:1 with James Rudge

James is our resident professional ECB approved coach, who has been working with our whole club during Senior and Junior Training. Spend an hour exclusively with James and turn that catch at Mid Off to a glorious cover drive, or your tame leg spin into Shane Warne rippers!

£40 or more

Buy a Brick - Wall of Fame

Add your name to our new structures by way of a brick with your name on it! We can get your name (Example Bill and Jean Bloggs) carved into a brick which will be part of our Sky Deck for all eternity!

£50 or more

Edgbaston colour print by Roy Abell ARCA

This is for the COLOURED PRINT! (450h x 640w) From an original watercolour of Edgbaston Cricket Ground by artist Roy Abell (ARCA). Roy studied at the The Royal College of Art and played cricket for Moseley & Warwickshire, he was the first bowler to take 1000 wickets in the Birmingham League. Roy's son Richard is our Chairman. You can see a copy of the print in the Clubhouse. The prints are being donated to the club free of charge.

£250 or more

Edgbaston black and white print by Roy Abell ARCA

This is for a BLACK AND WHITE Print (640h x 820w) by Roy Abell ARCA from an original watercolour of Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Roy studied at the The Royal College of Art and played cricket for Moseley & Warwickshire, he was the first bowler to take 1000 wickets in the Birmingham League. Roy's son Richard is our Chairman. You can see a copy of the print in the clubhouse. The prints are being donated to the club free of charge.

£500 or more

Hire our Ground for a Private Cricket Match!

Would you like to host your own cricket match for your friends? Or perhaps you are a local business who would like to run a corporate cricket day? You hire the ground, we provide our facilities, umpires, scorers, some kit? We can be flexible on format of the matches etc!

£20 or more

Full English Breakfast for 2 at Main Street Cafe

Enjoy a Full English Breakfast for two at Whittingtons latest eatery! Let Laura and her friendly staff serve you up a fine traditional breakfast and support Whittington Cricket Club at the same time! https://www.facebook.com/people/Main-St-Cafe/100089722135073/

£25 or more

Rub me Tender BBQ £30 Voucher

'Rub Me Tender' in Lichfield, who serve the best Texas Style BBQ in the Midlands have donated a £30 voucher! Pledge £25 or more and enjoy their delicious food! https://www.facebook.com/RubMeTenderUK/

£50 or more

Pelican 14QT Drinks Cooler

We have a Pelicon 14qt Drinks cooler to give away for a pledge of at least £50. Donated by CYNEGY (A UK Based Product Design and Engineering business) these RRP at around £100. So donate and grab a bargain! www.cynegy.co.uk

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