Woodlands CC Clubhouse Improvements

by Jeremy Bleazard in Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th July 2022 we successfully raised £26,001 with 152 supporters in 35 days

We are looking to refurbish the interior of the clubhouse to allow more people to use the space. We also want to modernise the toilets

by Jeremy Bleazard in Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The addition of a new extension to the clubhouse for disabled toilets

Who are we

Woodlands CC is an ECB Clubmark accredited club and have adopted & fully implemented the ECB "Safe Hands" policy.

We run 2 senior teams playing in the Bradford Premier Cricket League and junior teams ranging from Under 9s to Under 15s. 

The club was formed in 1894 and is run on a voluntary basis.

We pride ourselves in being a diverse and inclusive cricket club and an active part of the local community, providing a safe and friendly environment for all.

Our junior teams comprise of both girls and boys of all ages and abilities. Our junior training night regularly attracts over 60 children


Junior winter training 

Community impact

The club is based in Oakenshaw, Bradford.  Bradford is a city that consists of a number of multi-cultural communities.

We have very strong links with both the immediate community and the wider community of Bradford.  

Our facilities are already used by a large variety of people whether they are used for sports such Cricket, Rugby, Zumba, Keep Fit, 5-a-Side Football, or other activities such as clinics for local councilors, after school clubs or holiday clubs.  

The club has been used to host the local community gala & fayres 


The local fire brigade attended the community gala

We have formed close links with a number of schools who do not have sports facilities of their own and with other organistions who cater for children who have been expelled from main stream education, offering them the space to encourage an active lifestyle.

Over 20 culturally diverse cricket teams use our facilities to train at as well as we are the base for the Yorkshire Girls U18s & the MCC Foundation Girls U15 Bradford Hub.


This year's MCC Foundation Girls' U15 Bradford Hub squad who are based at Woodlands.


Last year's MCC Foundation winning squad at Lords

The facilities were used last year to encourage disabled people participate more in sport.

Why are we crowdfunding

We have run 2 successful Crowdfunder appeals to date, and the support we have received from our members and the wider community, as well as Sport England, has been fantastic.  The money raised has helped us to improve our facilities for more people to enjoy.    We have spent the money raised on mowers, picnic tables, trees and a new workshop/garage to store the equipment in.  


The new seating area with picnic benches that were bought from the first Crowdfunder


The new workshop / garage built with the money raised from the last Crowdfunder appeal.

We want to continue with the improvements and are looking for support to do this.  Sport England have launched another initiative to help improve Places & Spaces.  

We hope to raise money that will allow us to modernise the clubhouse to create a large open space that can be utilised by many more people for such things as dance classes or a workshop/training centre to promote active lifestyles.

We also are going to refurbish the toilets and hope to add disabled toilets in a new extension to the clubhouse.

All of these improvements will encourage more people to participate in sport and improve our space.


Plans for the refurbishment of the clubhouse & addition of disabled toilets


The clubhouse is to be refurbished and opened up to allow the space to become multi-functional venue.

The toilets are to be modernised & refurbished.

Sport England & Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

With the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham this year, and following the huge success for clubs and organisations across the Midlands, Sport England have now made the funding available across England.

The Places and Spaces funding is to help create or improve sport facilities, bring communities together and help celebrate the legacy of the Commonwealth Games. 

How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022

The refurbishments & additions we are aiming to make will help improve our facilities for more people in the local community & the wider community to enjoy.  

Those improvements will encourage people to be more active as the clubhouse can be used for different activities we cannot cater for at the moment.  These activities could range from dance classes to over 50s keep fit, yoga studio to mums & tots activity classes and bring the community together and help celebrate the legacy of the Commonwealth Games

How can you help?

We need to generate donations from members, families, friends and the wider community to help us complete these projects.  

Please don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success. 

Also, please spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell all to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Mixed case of wine

A mixed case of 6 bottles of wine from Laithwaite Wine in in presentation box. RRP £50. Kindly donated by Jeremy & Mary

£20 or more

2 of 3 claimed

£25 The Hound Ville Dog Grooming Voucher

A £25 voucher for The Hound Ville Dog Grooming parlor either in Birkenshaw or Brighouse. www.thehoundville.co.uk

£20 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£25 Mama & Papas Voucher

A £25 Mama & Papas voucher for £20. Kindly donated by Jack & Libby

£25 or more

Match Ball Sponsorship

Sponsor a match ball during the 2022 season

£25 or more

Social Membership

Become a social member of Woodlands

£30 or more

0 of 3 claimed

45 minute Sports Massage

A 45 minute sports massage. Normal price £40. Kindly donated by Forward Physio Cleckheaton. www.forwardphysio.co.uk

£40 or more

1 hr Social Media Business Consultation

1 hour business social media consultation worth £50. Kindly donated by Easier4UMarketing.

£50 or more

Players Membership

Senior playing membership at Woodlands

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Signed display board YCCC County Champions 2015

A signed presentation display board with photos of the Yorkshire players from the County Championship winner team of 2015. Signed by 18 players including Adil Rashid, Jonny Bairstow Liam Plunkett & Alex Lees. Kindly donated by XL Business Solutions

£150 or more

Player Sponsorship

Sponsor a player. Acknowledged in the matchday programme, on the website & social media platforms.

£250 or more

Ground Advertising

Place your advertising board around the ground or in the sportshall. Acknowledged in the programme, on the website & social media platforms

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A 2015 County Champions Cricket Bat signed by YCCC

A cricket bat signed by the Yorkshire County Championship winning squad of 2015

£5 or more

23 of 23 claimed

5 Raffle Tickets in our summer raffle

5 raffle tickets in our summer raffle. 1st prize is a 24" smart TV. At least 10 prizes in total. Other prizes include malt whisky, wine & chocolates. Draw to be made 16 July. The winners will be contacted and arrangements made for the prizes to be collected/delivered.

£10 or more

35 of 35 claimed

10 raffle tickets in our summer raffle.

10 raffle tickets for our summer raffle. 1st prize is a 24" Smart TV. At least 10 prizes in total with other prizes including Malt Whisky, wine & chocolates. Draw to be made 16 July. The winners will be contacted and arrangements made for the prizes to be collected/delivered.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bouquet of flowers & a box of Chocolates

A bouquet of flowers & a box of chocolates. Worth £25 Kindly donated by Sara Bleazard

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£40 of Nando's vouchers

£40 of Nando's vouchers for £35. Kindly donated by Liam & Shauna Bleazard

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