Highfield CC Community Space Project 2020

by gary speakman in Wigan, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th December 2020 we successfully raised £24,515 with 218 supporters in 42 days

Ensure over 6,000 people every year, including families, continue to enjoy full use of a beautiful and popular community asset.

by gary speakman in Wigan, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Additional funding will allow us to accelerate the full works, bringing the transformational drainage work forward at least a year.

What is this Project about?

This crowdfunding project is running for just six weeks and is appealing to all those who have used previously, or continue to use, the cricket ground at Highfield, whether at a community event such as the annual bonfire night, family fun day or, of course, through cricket.  The appeal is designed to raise urgently needed funds to progress essential drainage work. We recognise that drains arent the most sexy of projects, but they ensure that the condition and availability of the ground can be sustained for future generations.

As this year has proven, community assets like the cricket ground are so important for safe and healthy social activities.

Who we are & what we do

Highfield Cricket Club was established in the late 19th century but following a bequeathment of land from a local colliery owner, the club moved to the current ground on Billinge Road, Wigan, in 1924, so Highfield CC is edging closer to its centenary. 

The club prides itself on being at the heart of the community, providing both1603360242_f1fdc050-2b5b-44ba-b64d-fd6e045cc4fc.jpeg sporting and social opportunities for young and older alike. In excess of 6,000 individuals use the ground each year with many of them enjoying our outdoor facilities on multiple occasions.

The junior section has been boosted in recent years by the introduction of the All Stars scheme for 5-8 years old, leading to two under 9s teams in 2020 alongside teams at under 11, under 13 and under 15.  We also host District and County games, including this year an under 14s roses clash between Lancashire and Yorkshire. The 3 senior teams continue to flourish with the first team a competitive force in the higher reaches of one of the strongest cricket leagues in the country, and many juniors progressing to senior cricket.


Why are drains important?

Whilst over the years, we have continued to invest in the club’s facilities, including self funding and building a new Pavilion and working closely with the Church organisations on refurbishments of the Hall and Lounges; the cricket ground itself, a major community asset, suffers from very poor natural drainage. 

The sheer volume of games and coaching sessions for so many teams, as well as the community events, places huge demands on the ground.


Despite investing literally thousands of pounds every year in addressing the drainage, when we have wet conditions we find it difficult to deliver all of our community based activity - coaching, training, games and community events such as the family fun day, fireworks display and bonfire. Unchecked, we believe this will get worse, but with the planned drainage works completed, we would be able to plan coaching and events with less risk of wash out and use the ground even more extensively, potentially even re-introducing some of the church based community events. 

We make a full contribition to our community

Cost of Project

A full new drainage system is required, priced at around £50,000 for a four-phase approach.

Such is the importance of this project, that before covid struck, we had already committed to start phase 1 this winter at a cost of £20,000.

However, CoVid has resulted in the cancellation of all event-based fundraising that was organised by us this year. This includes our massive community bonfire and fireworks display, whilst our annual sporting dinner earlier this year has now been cancelled twice. The income from these events is really important to our club operations and we estimate that by March next year, we will have had no fundraising income for 12 months which is devastating. 

We have worked hard to deliver coaching and cricket matches during 2020, enjoyed by participants and large spectator groups on match days, and are determined to continue to provide our sporting and social opportunities when safe to do so. With some belt tightening we are confident we can deliver the core cricket provision; but we do need to find the additional money to start this crucial project and ensure over 6,000 people continue to enjoy our community asset.

What you can do to help

We are therefore appealing for donations from the community, past players, and families of those who have, over nearly a hundred years, enjoyed all that Highfield Cricket Club has to offer. 

We have come up with a wide range of “rewards” for your donations and pledges, hopefully something to suit everyone; so please do anything you can to help us make this happen. 

These rewards have been donated by the community who have already rallied to the cause, for which we thank them so much. 

We have included a Christmas Raffle reward to try and offer some christmas cheer, whilst a number of the rewards can also be claimed throughout 2021 to ensure flexibility.

So pledge now and claim your reward when it suits you!!.

If anyone wants more information about the rewards, please text 07721639970.

We really appreciate you taking the time to consider helping our appeal.

Thank You !


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Become a full club member & save money at the bar!

Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with... One years non playing adult club membership for 2021. This includes a unique membership card enabling minimum 10% off all club bar prices, free entry into a monthly draw to win a £20 bar voucher, plus recognition of donation on Club website.

£5 or more

Enter our Christmas Raffle and win fabulous prizes

Christmas Raffle tickets £5 a strip (5 tickets). GREAT prizes include a christmas drinks hamper, a christmas food hamper, plus vouchers for beauty treatments, hairdressing, hospitality and so much more which can be redeemed in 2021. Raffle tickets will be issued to you by email, text, whatsapp ahead of the raffle draw which will be held on Sat December 19th. Winning prizes will be emailed (if a voucher) or delivered (if physical) pre christmas.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner, or more if you can, to help the club you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£15 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Get Fitter In 2021 With Your Own Personal Trainer!

Get fitter in 2021 with the support of a Personal Trainer, Nick Hill. You will enjoy a full hours programme with Nick, based at his own Gym in Wigan.

£25 or more

Get some 1-1 coaching time!!

Enjoy an hours 1-1 cricket coaching during 2021 with a qualified (and safeguarding accredited) coach, using our outdoor facilities. Great fun for boys and girls of all ages or an adult looking to get into the game for the first time or picking it up again after a break. PLEDGE NOW, CLAIM LATER

£25 or more

Soft Ball and Prosecco!

A Friday evening of fun for the ladies in summer 2021. Enjoy a game of Soft Ball with some initial coaching and all equipment provided. Glass of Prosecco included!!

£28 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Pair of Tickets for Gigs at Old Courts, Wigan

Our friends at the Old Courts venue in Wigan town centre have generously donated 10 pairs of tickets for any gig in 2021. You chose from a very full and varied programme, all subject to when restrictions allow live performances again. Great christmas present!!

£40 or more

Be a Match Sponsor - chose a senior or junior game

Be a match sponsor in 2021. Chose a game from our junior or senior home fixtures and have your name or business featured on our Matchday Board situated by the main entrance, as well as on our social media and website.

£40 or more

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£100 Voucher for The Hot Tub Outlet

Get a £100 voucher for just £55 to be used for chemicals, accessories or fragrances - a brilliant christmas present for existing Hot Tub owners. Can be redeemed immediately or in 2021.

£40 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Hour long Golf Lesson with a PGA Professional

PGA Golf professional Phil Newnes has kindly donated two golf lessons, each an hour long, which can be taken at the Chilli Dip Golf facility at Blackrod. Great christmas present.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Live Singer/Guitarist for your event

Maybe you have a wedding or other major event planned for 2021? If so, what about having a live singer/guitarist? Michael Gaskell is one of the best entertainers around, delivering music to suit all tastes. Mike is ready and willing to fulfill all of your requirements, ensuring the event is extra special!

£200 or more

Matchday Hospitality - Pie and Pint!!

Enjoy a pie and a pint for 10 guests at a match of your choice in 2021

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Framed and signed Phil “The Power” Taylor shirt

We have two shirts signed and framed by darts legend Phil Taylor.

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Signed and framed Nobby Stiles 1968 Man Utd Shirt

This is a rare opportunity to secure a replica Manchester United 1968 European Cup winning blue shirt, signed by Nobby Stiles. Nobbys signature was witnessed at a local dinner and is authentic.

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1966 World Cup Memento

Beautifully framed and presented photos of the 1966 world cup final, signed by Sir Geoff Hurst.

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Framed and signed shirt by Gordon Banks

Beautifully framed replica England shirt signed by legendary goalkeeper, Gordon Banks.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Signed Tyson Fury boxing glove in case

A fantastic presentation case featuring a Boxing Glove signed by the current world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury. Fully authenticated. Great christmas present for boxing and sports fans generally.

£500 or more

1 of 10 claimed


Your business is featured on your very own Advertising Board on Ground. Package covers Board for 3 years and includes initial production costs. PLUS two match day sponsorships a year, permanent recognition on sponsors board on website and and social media/website coverage throughout year

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Framed Barcelona Shirt Signed By Lionel Messi !

A must for football plans and a perfect special christmas present. A fully authenticated framed Barcelona shirt signed by one of the all time greats - Lionel Messi!!!

£600 or more

0 of 1 claimed


70’S Night Package for an event of your choice! - Full use of Highfield Parish Hall, hot pot or equivalent for 100 people, plus free live Band for the evening - the wonderful 70s band RADAR. £750

£600 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Hire a live band !

Maybe you have a wedding or other major event planned for 2021? If so, what about having a live band? Four piece band HAZE are one of the most popular bands around, delivering music to suit all tastes and are ready and willing to fulfill all of your requirements, ensuring the event is extra special!

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 night Holiday Break in North Wales for 6 people

A three night mid-week mini break for up to six people in a stunning holiday home 'Y Nyth' on the Menai Straits in North Wales. https://www.walescottageholidays.co.uk/snowdonia-the-lleyn-peninsula/y-felinheli-cottages/wag686-y-nyth. To be taken subject to availability between now and the end of 2021 outside of school holiday periods (so term-time only) and excluding months of June, July, August, September. Check dates on 07721639970.

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