- Who we are and what we do
Sidcup Cricket Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club. We are committed to providing opportunity to anyone who wants to come and enjoy cricket. It is incredibly important to us that our success on the pitch comes from investing in our junior section, developing young cricketers right through the age groups.
Our recent success of back-to-back promotions - which has seen the 1st XI rise to Division 1 of the Kent League - has been achieved by investing in the Development of our own players. A number of the squad of our successful 1st XI have played for the club since juniors. Our success has come despite choosing not to pay any of our players, preferring instead to invest in our coaching set-up and our young players.
We now have over 200 juniors on our books, from our 5-year-old All Stars right up to our U17s, Academy, and a growing ladies section. We pride ourselves on our excellent facilities, including two squares, three-lane fixed nets, mobile nets, modern changing rooms and fantastic bar and function room.
Of these facilities, our nets took a disproportionate amount of use this summer...
Our nets - a covid lifeline
During lockdown, our excellent net facilities were used by a large number of our community. Nearly 100 1-2-1 sessions were being booked each week during the first phase of return to cricket and this trend continued when groups of 6 were allowed to train in the nets.
This provided an excellent opportunity for people to get all the physical and mental health benefits of playing cricket, as well as supporting the club and the community as players and friends got together again to enjoy this great game!
However, all this use has taken its toll on our net facilities. The run-ups have become worn and dangerous, the netting has holes and the bounce is uneven.
At the end of each season we survey our junior players to find out what they think we are doing well and what could be done better, and feedback about the standard and number of nets featured regularly.
We usually do well at budgeting for major works such as this. However, Covid has dealt us a double-whammy with our nets. On the one hand, it massively increased their use, causing us to have to repair them much sooner than expected. On the other hand, the financial impact of Covid has reduced our capacity to fund large capital spend projects at the moment.
How we will use the money raised through this campaign
Between our juniors and our adults, the nets are in use nearly every evening during the summer, as well as Saturday mornings.
They get a lot of social use during weekends, with any member being able to turn up and use them, and during school holidays, our coaching partners the Top Cricket Academy use the nets to provide 1-2-1 and group coaching.
With the money raised through this campaign, we would look to resurface each of our three nets, including the run-up areas. We would also replace the netting and any damaged supporting poles.
If we are able to raise more than the amount required to refurbish our nets, then we will invest in improving our mobile nets, enabling more square practice, which will also relieve pressure on our fixed nets.
So here we are asking for your help to get our net facilities back to the standard they need to be at to support our excellent junior set-up and our high-flying adult sides!
Supporting local businesses through our fundraising
It's been a tough time for everyone during the pandemic, and we recognise the important role that sports clubs like ours play in supporting not just the people in our communities, but also the businesses which bring them together. We're therefore delighted to be able to use this campaign to highlight a number of those businesses who we have partnered with over recent years:
Abba Pest Control, one of our long-term sponsors, are offering a 10% discount for anyone donating £10
Walkers Antiques will provide a free valuation to anyone donating £15.
Khazana is a new restaurant just opened by the same people behind our long-term sponsors at the Darjeeling. They are offering a 10% discount to anyone donating £20. Why not go and check out the latest addition to the restaurants in Sidcup.
We also have some of our own cricket-related rewards:
Be quick to get 6 Xmas raffle entries for the price of 5 with a £25 donation before 18 December
We have our biennial fixture against the MCC this year, and the first 5 people to donate £50 will be treated to a free lunch (covid rules permitting!) during the fixture.
Any donation, small or large, is very welcome!