Like many Sports Teams the COVID-19 pandemic has hit our club very hard, with a disjointed season last year and multiple lockdowns preventing us from raising some much needed funds for Ground Maintenance, Coaching and other vital equipment we need your help to get our club back to where it belongs!
Crowdfunder 2021 Plans
We plan to raise money through a variety of ways during our Crowdfunder project, we will look to utilise Crowdfunder Rewards where we can and our biggest event that is running throughout which is our Walk to the WACA! This is a way to get the whole community involved in our project, all you need to do is link up to our Strava www.strava.com/clubs/southpethertoncc and run, cycle or walk whatever distance but please pledge into our Crowdfunder, every little helps! We are aiming to get from our ground at South Petherton to the other side of the world to the Waca in Australia in just 6 WEEKS!
We are also holding a race night at our club on the 29th of May on a 100" screen outside! Please spread the word as we would love to see as many of you there as possible.
As our Crowdfunder is due to finish on the 4th of July we are hoping to celebrate our very own independence day! With the hope that restrictions allow we will be hosting our American themed BBQ day on the Independence Day of South Petherton Cricket Club. We really hope we can raise the money for our target so that we can celebrate on the 4th of July with our community and everyone who's donated during our Crowdfunder.
Our Future Plans
We plan to invest the money raised back into our club to try and recoup what we’ve lost over the last 18 months due to the COVID-19 crisis. We have the following plans of what we’d love to do with money raised to make vital improvements to our club;
- New equipment for Ground Works and Maintenance such as rollers, mowers and other equipment
- Investing in our Youth Teams with professional coaching and much needed equipment
- Covers for our wicket to ensure as many games go ahead as possible
- A mobile score hut
- Coaching for our men’s teams
- Improvement of facilities around our ground
South Petherton has had a cricket team since the early 1900's, playing up until the Second World War on a pitch in the centre of the village behind the church. The club moved to the recreation ground after the war when it was extended to make it tenable for cricket.
The present club can draw it's origins to the mid 1960's when a local group of cricketers who wanted to play competitively within their village got together and formed South Petherton Cricket Club, the club you know and love today!
Over the coming years South Petherton were successful over different periods, especially in the late 90's/early 2000's where a lot of old players returned and we discovered some talented youngsters to bring to our side. Between 1999 and 2005 the club went from Division 6 top Division 1, over the years after that we managed to get to a Minor Cup Final at the Somerset County Ground in 2007.
Since 2010 we have been up and down as a club, but the advancements at the club have been fantastic, a brand new net facility alongside Youth Cricket and having one of the best wickets in the league thanks to our fantastic ground stuff, hopefully this will bring success back to our club!
A big part of our club is Youth Cricket, something we introduced recently to not only help improve our club, but to find new talent and to hopefully blend them into our men's teams in years to come. Youth Cricket at South Petherton has been helped by our brand new net facility which was built around 2 years ago, this has our men's teams, youth cricket and All Stars teams all utilising it nearly every night of the week.
Youth Cricket is now a massive part of our club, with fully trained coaches, divisional cricket at youth age groups and of course the fantastic All Stars cricket. We want to build for our future which is why this Crowdfunder is so important to us here at SPCC, we want to invest massively in our Youth and ensure the future of our fantastic club is in safe and capable hands.
With the activities we have planned to get our community engaged we hope to see a huge amount of uptake in new members, especially from the children in South Petherton and the surrounding villages. We want to have the best facilities possible to help nurture the already fantastic talent we have and to capture new members into the club. After nearly a year of being locked inside there is nothing better than trying something new, getting some exercise and potentially falling in love with the sport we all already love.
Thank you for taking your time to read our Crowdfunder page, please donate where you can and be sure to get involved in our rewards page and other fantastic activities we have planned over the next 6 weeks!