Faringdon and District Cricket Club Project 175

by Faringdon and District Cricket Club in Faringdon, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 23rd September 2021 we successfully raised £10,216 with 70 supporters in 42 days

Project 175 aims to secure the future of cricket in Faringdon by enabling significant junior programme expansion and facilities improvements

by Faringdon and District Cricket Club in Faringdon, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Greater funding would mean the ability to enhance our facilities further, meaning that our community impact would be amplified.

As junior cricket grows there will be a need to expand the size of the square from 8 to10 wickets. This expansion will require improved drainage, ground improvements and lead to increased maintenance costs. Additional funds would be used to carry out this work and provide funds to cover the first 24 months of additional maintenance costs.

The club would also seek to add to planned spectator (tables, benches) and sibling play area improvements to further enhance the family appeal of the club.


Background

Faringdon and District Cricket Club is a community based family friendly cricket club that caters for all ages and standards of player. The Club has formed part of the local community for 175 years and with your help we would like to lay the foundations of the next 175 years of cricket in Faringdon.

The impact of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the Club both from an income and player membership point of view. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic the Club celebrated its 175th birthday. However, rather than enjoying a major celebration the Club was in steep decline and with no regular cricket being played the Club was struggling to attract new players. The Club came within a whisker of reducing to a single senior team. Rather than allow the downward  spiral to continue the Club decided to be bold and changed direction with a new vision: to become the premier cricket club in the region and cement the Club's place as a key pillar of the local community.  

What we have achieved

Fast forward 12-months and the Club secured District Council housing development funding for a new double net and has strengthened its two senior teams.

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But most exciting is that the Club now boasts a junior membership that has grown from 15 All Stars in 2019 to 50 players aged between 5-13 in 2021.

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The Club in the community

The Club's facilities not only provide for over 100 cricketers aged between 7-73 but outside of the cricket season the clubhouse plays home to Faringdon Rugby Club, a thriving club in its own right that boasts over 200 junior and senior players. 

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The clubhouse also hosts a variety of private hire functions, such as birthdays, and community based activities, most recently the free hosting of a Fete for Kate - a fun run and fete that raised over £1800 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

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Our plans for the future

Plans for the 2022 season will see junior age groups for U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 and colts, combining to deliver a junior membership of over 120.

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We have also set ourselves the target of tripling the external use of the clubhouse by individuals and community based organisations.

What is required?

Our plans have been so successful to date that our rapid growth has placed a significant strain on finances, equipment and facilities, including the clubhouse which requires significant investment to upgrade furniture that is no longer fit for purpose. Despite being run by volunteers, it costs in the region of £13,500 to run the cricket club annually. Membership fees and bar income cover the majority of these costs but the ability to invest in additional equipment and clubhouse improvements is extremely limited.

1626860889_junior_cricket_4.jpgTo ensure the success of our junior programme the Club needs to invest in new junior training and match equipment to cover a range of ages and abilities, improve equipment storage, and create a safe play area for younger siblings during training and matches.

To meet increased demand during junior cricket training and matches (Friday nights can see upwards of 200 people at the club) and to build closer community links through external use, the clubhouse requires significant investment to replace aging furniture that is no longer fit for purpose.

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Project 175 is designed to address these issues an with your help the club aims to raise £10,000 to meet these needs and in doing so lay the foundation for the next 175 years of cricket at Faringdon.

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        Thank you for your support!


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Lifetime Social Membership

Lifetime social membership of the club, 50% venue hire for 2 years.

£5 or more

Donation

All donations can make a huge difference to the club and the facilities that it can offer to cricketers of all ages and the wider community.

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Club bar token

Pledge £10 or more and receive a voucher for two free drinks at the club bar. Vouchers must be used in one visit by the close of the 2022 season.

£10 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Hire of the gallops at Coldharbour

The team at Coldharbour Grazing (www.coldharbourgrazing.com) have very kindly donated 3 x gallop sessions (usually £15 a horse) - hire of the gallops at Coldharbour - bring your horse to use the round sand gallops. Great for improving your horses fitness and stamina.

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Love heart noticeboard

This reward has been very kindly sponsored by spduk.co.uk. The noticeboard is handmade from cork and usually retails for £20 - this will make a unique gift for a lucky recipient.

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Club bar token

Pledge £20 or more and receive a voucher for four free drinks at the club bar. Vouchers must be used in one visit by the close of the 2022 season.

£20 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Car wash

The Cricket Club will hold a car wash at the Club in mid September, so you have between now and then to get your car as filthy as possible and then sit back and relax whilst someone else does the cleaning!

£25 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Social membership 2022

Pledge £25 or more to secure social membership of the club for 2022 and entry into a prize draw for a £20 bar voucher.

£25 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Junior cricket kit package

Young cricketers grow fast, so we have established a reuse and recycle facility. Pledge £25 and receive up to three items from our stock for the start of the 2022 season. Items will depend on size and availability, but coaches will be available to help choose suitable kit.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Facilities hire voucher

Pledge £30 or more for a £30 voucher to use against future venue hire of the club facilities. The clubhouse is an ideal party venue and meeting place for local clubs/charities, businesses and other groups.

£30 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Horse water treadmill sessions

The team at Coldharbour grazing have very kindly donated 3 individual horse water treadmill sessions - sessions are usually booked in blocks of 3 at a cost of over £100. 3 Equine hydrotherapy sessions - bring your horse to use the equine water treadmill at Coldharbour Grazing. The state of the art water treadmill is a great way of exercising your horse to improve strength and stability whilst building topline.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Facilities hire voucher

Pledge £50 or more for a £50 voucher to use against future venue hire of the club facilities. The clubhouse is an ideal party venue and meeting place for local clubs/charities, businesses and other groups.

£50 or more

Adult Cricket Club membership 2022

Pledge £50 to secure your cricket club membership for 2022 and entry into a free prize draw for £50 club bar voucher. The voucher draw will take place on 4 September at the club.

£500 or more

4 of 5 claimed

Sponsorship package

Advertise your business and demonstrate your commitment to the local community. You will receive 2 x banners to be displayed around the ground and feature on the club website and fixtures cards. Contact Vice Chairman Iain Church on 07908 315293 for further details.

£15 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Cricket net session

Have you ever played cricket and are thinking about playing again? Or have you been watching your children play and fancy trying cricket yourself? Why not enjoy a one-to-one hour long cricket net session with one of our coaches. Equipment provided.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Mini Mouse cork noticeboard

This reward has been very kindly sponsored by spduk.co.uk. The noticeboard is handmade from cork and usually retails for £20 - this will make a unique gift for a lucky recipient.

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£20 Meal for 2 voucher at the Viceroy Tandoori

The Viceroy Tandoori have very kindly donated 2 x £20 vouchers that can be used in part payment for a meal for 2 between September and December 2021.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

50% discount for a family/pet portrait photo shoot

Will, from Will Oglesby Photography, is offering a lucky donor the chance to enjoy a half price family/pet portrait session for £25 instead of the standard £50. The quality of Will's work is available for all to see on his website: https://www.willoglesbyphotography.co.uk/. This really is the opportunity to capture some family memories that will last a lifetime. Sessions will be outdoors and includes a minimum of 10 photos held on Google Drive

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Digital dog portrait

Have you ever fancied a digital 'pawtrait' of your pooch? Well now you can thanks to Kitty's amazing offer! Examples of Kitty's work can be found here: https://m.facebook.com/pawtraitsbykitty/. Kitty's work usually retails for £40 per picture so if you are a dog owner you would be 'barking mad' to miss out on this opportunity!

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Outdoor family/pet portrait session

Will, from Will Oglesby Photography, is offering one lucky donor the chance to enjoy a family/pet portrait session that would usually retail at £50. The quality of Will's work is available for all to see on his website: https://www.willoglesbyphotography.co.uk/. This really is the opportunity to capture some family memories that will last a lifetime. The session will be outdoors and includes a minimum of 10 photos held on Google Drive.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pastel artwork or personalised leather book cover

A pastel portrait of wildlife, pets or people, or a personalised leather book cover. The quality of Francois' work is exceptional and the artwork, which would normally cost in the region of £200, would be a stunning addition to any home. The book cover could provide a truly unique gift for the book lover in your life - on this case you really will be able to judge a book by its cover!

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