Securing our Future: Church CC

by Church and Oswaldtwistle CC in Oswaldtwistle, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 25th March 2021 we successfully raised £22,100 with 165 supporters in 56 days

To enable us to further engage the community around us to take part in sport and make use of our facilities.

by Church and Oswaldtwistle CC in Oswaldtwistle, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We can’t believe the amazing support we have received to reach our target of £20,000.

With a little while left before our Crowdfunder closes, we still welcome all of your generosity. All additional funds received will be used to focus on further increasing participation.

We will aim to provide outreach sessions to children from local schools and fund summer scheme sessions with greater subsidy to target children who may not normally be able to access some provision.

Thank you again from us all at #YourChurchCC


Church CC - Away from Home

Here is former Church junior Emma Gardner, Performance Nutritionist for England Cricket with a message from Sri Lanka.

Who we are

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At Church and Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club, we are proud that we have been providing the opportunity for our community to play and watch cricket since 1856. We have a home in the West End of Oswaldtwistle that is maintained by volunteers, and our teams compete in the historic Lancashire League. Our Junior section is growing and in 2021 we hope to field our first ever girls teams.

However, whilst cricket remains central to what we do, our club is here for the whole community and everyone is welcome.

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Our purpose

It is our mission to bring people together and this is central to every decision we make as a club. We feel fortunate to have the facilities which we have built and see it as our duty to share with others. Our good friends at Ossy Joggers have used our pitch and bar for their Annual Christmas 5k and quiz with both raising funds for charity:

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We also organise a range of events which are completely separate from the cricket which attract people from the local area to come together and celebrate, such as our annual New Years Eve party which was packed with residents from our local area:

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Our Ladies Day may take place on a matchday, but the cricket is very-much a sideshow as we fill the room with new friends for a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and socialising:

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We care

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It is in our nature to think about the needs of others, and we are committed to raising funds for charities throughout the year. This summer, 2 of our First XI players are cycling coast to coast, 140 miles from Workington to Tynemouth to raise money for the stroke association. Once they return, we are hoping to celebrate their success with a social evening at the club with the aim of doubling any funds they have already raised for the charity. 

If you feel as though you are in a position to help this great cause too, please contact Levi on 07714687957.

2020 and the impact of Covid-19

We are proud of our history, but also aware that the wonderful family that we have exists only whilst we are able to raise the funds needed in order to maintain it. 2020 has been a tough year for everyone, and although we were able to achieve great success on the field, like so many other clubs, we suffered great financial losses off it.

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Our Golf Day, a fixture in the fundraising calendar since 2003, had to be cancelled. As did our Sportsman's Dinner. Members subscriptions were down, as was advertising income, gate receipts, tearoom takings and match fees. Our bar, which normally brings in an income of £45,000, was closed for the summer. We lost over £58,000 in fundraising income overall.

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The Future

We understand that everyone is suffering during this time, however, because we realise the value which our club has in the lives of our members, supporters and friends, we look to the future with a plan. Normally we raise funds through our own endeavours, but we are now asking for your support to achieve our goals:

1. To increase participation in Junior Cricket
Children in our area have be impacted hugely by the affects of the pandemic. Their physical and social wellbeing can be greatly improved if we can increase the provision for young people at our club, and provide them with a safe environment in which to exercise and socialise. We want to increase the number of children accessing sessions at the club with the ambitious goal of reaching 50 new junior players who regularly attend in 2021. In order to do this we will:

- expand the All Stars and Dynamos programme - £2500

- pay for club members to enter the ECB coach education programme - £600

- employ a coach to deliver sessions in local schools to promote this - £2400

- host and assist in the organisation of local school competitions at Primary and Secondary level -£200

- purchase new equipment for coaching and protective equipment for young players - £1000

- run a summer camp for boys and girls in the summer holidays. Given that we are in an area of high deprivation, funds raised will ensure this is highly subsidised - £2000

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2. To carry our repairs/maintenance on ground machinery - £4000

- We don't employ a groundsman at Church. Instead, we have a small number of skilled volunteers who have worked tirelessly over a number years to purchase/rebuild/refurbish equipment to enable us to work on our ground. Some of this machinery is in need of repair or replacement.

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3. Ground and pitch maintenance - £1500

- With increased participation will come the increased cost of preparing the field and pitches for play. The cost of doing so in 2020 was met through donations and we will need similar help to purchase the raw materials required to ensure we begin the season with a field that is ready for play.

4. To improve ground facilities to encourage further community use - £4000

- Events of all kinds take place in our function room. Not only is this available to our members but we actively encourage its use for the whole of our community. In order to broaden to potential for community use, we want to convert a former store room into a new kitchen and food preparation area.

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5. To fix our leaky pavilion roof - £2000

Our pavilion has been a fantastic build and really stood the test of time. However, we need to urgently repair the roof as it currently leaks and is in danger of causing further damage.

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Every donation that you make is extremely valuable to us. We hope that if we can raise £10,000 then Sport England will match this through their Return to play: Active Together funding.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Get a Social Shout-out

Want to help our cause? We would love to thank you on our Social platforms @churchcricket. Every donation helps us - we are #YourChurchCC

£15 or more

1-2-1 Coaching session with the club professional

Enjoy a 30 minute session with our Pro focusing on the skills needed to improve your game.

£15 or more

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£20 Tropic voucher

Get £5 free on your next Tropic cosmetics purchase

£20 or more

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Valentines Flower Bouquet

A bouquet worth over £30 for the special one in your life!

£20 or more

Church CC Lottery Number

Your chance to win cash prizes with a main prize of £500 with 50% of all lottery contributions paid out in prizes, which totaled £1,300 in 2020. We plan to make the draw for all cash prizes after our 1st team home game on Sunday 22nd August.

£30 or more

Senior Citizen Member

Join our club and attend matches, socialise in our bar and make friends for life - this is #YourChurchCC

£35 or more

Sponsor a match ball

Become a ball sponsor for one of our Lancashire League fixtures in 2021. Your name/company name will be announced on the day and be included in the matchday programme. Every donation makes a huge difference - we are #YourChurchCC

£40 or more

Junior Member

Join as a Junior and have a fantastic summer of training and playing. *All Junior members who choose to sign up to Allstars or Dynamos will get a full refund of the cost.

£45 or more

Ordinary member

Join our club and attend matches, socialise in our bar and make friends for life - this is #YourChurchCC

£55 or more

Player Membership

Join us as a player and help us on the field and off it! This is #YourChurchCC

£144 or more

Renew your Ground Advertising for 2021

Your board is already in place and getting noticed by our players, supporters and visitors. We can't thank you enough - we are #YourChurchCC

£250 or more

New Ground Advertiser

Our 1st XI matches attract visitors from all over Lancashire, and we firmly believe in supporting those who support us. If you want to promote your business and help a community club at the same time, advertising at Church CC could be for you. Make your donation and get in touch - we look forward to welcoming to #YourChurchCC

£1,500 or more

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*NEW* Girls' section main sponsor

In 2021, we are excited to launch the Church CC Girls section. Our aim is to provide opportunities for girls throughout East Lancashire to engage in sport in a safe, fun and inclusive environment. We have a small group of young female players who are keen to develop and your support will help them immeasurably. We want to provide equipment, sessions and competition for local children to ensure that Church CC becomes a hub for girls' cricket.

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