Cheadle Hulme CC is a cricket club that has been at the heart of our local community for over 130 years and is also one of the fastest growing clubs in the area. The club provides a place for families to meet and play and for community groups and schools to use.
The aim of the project is to install a three lane all weather practice facility at the ground which will cost £47,000 and we are looking to raise £10,000 from this crowdfunding appeal. We have recently secured funding from Sport England in the form of a £10,000 grant. We actively raise money within the club through social and sporting events and are seeking to match the Sport England grant with the help of our members. In addition we will be looking to secure an ECB loan to complete the funding for this project.
We currently have four weekend teams - 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI on a Saturday and 4th XI on a Sunday; and one midweek team for players who are 40+. In addition, we have six junior teams for boys and girls of primary and secondary school age and these all require an area for them to safely practice.
Our current cricket practice net facility at the club has been put to very good use in the past in training our players as they have sought to improve their cricketing skills and abilities over many years. The frequent use of our facility has seen the condition of the nets deteriorate to the extent that one of the nets is no longer usable and the surface of the other net is near the end of its useful life.
Due to the recent success we have had in attracting junior players, the net facilities we currently have are not able to cope with the demand for their use and are not in a safe condition. It is proving increasingly difficult to manage coaching sessions which allow players to practice their batting and bowling without risking injury. This is having a serious effect on both junior and senior training.
Our junior section is expanding rapidly due to the range of activities we offer. Over the past four years we have grown the section by nearly 100 members thanks to running nationally coordinated development programmes with assistance from Cheshire Cricket Board (Chance 2 Shine and since 2017, AllStarsCricket). In addition we have partnered with local primary schools to introduce children to the fun and skills of cricket.
We cannot continue to grow if we can't offer a safe practice facility to cope with the demand we are now experiencing. This situation could impact the club's sustainability going forward as we are unable to develop the skills of our junior players for senior cricket as we would like to, which is why we are asking for help in raising £10,000.
Thank you for your help in advance!