Stock Cricket Club & COVID-19
Stock Cricket Club is no stranger to highs and lows, recovering from a major fire in 2012 and celebrating 250 years since our first recorded match in 2019.
However, the past three months has so far raised a variety of different challenges for our Village Club, not least, the ability to meet our financial obligations whilst protecting the investments into our facilities and our Community over the past 5 years as part of our ongoing Club Development Plan.
We are an established pillar of our Community but with a sudden and drastic fall in income, because of an inability to drive revenue through our Cricket facilities during this crisis, we need to raise funds to meet our on-going costs and to continue to be able to support and provide for our Community post-pandemic.
In short, we really could do with your help!
Photo: Kurt King against MCC during the 250th Anniversary match in 2019.
Why do we need a Sustainable Income?
The money we generate through our activities and fundraising events is pumped back into the Club to create a sustainable, enjoyable and safe Sports facility, serving many different people from our Village in a variety of different ways.
The Club currently supports physical activity in the form of two Adult XIs, youth Cricket via All Stars and Dynamos, combined with various coaching opportunities throughout the summer to complement our packed fixture schedule.
We host small-sided soft-ball tournaments during the summer for families to experience Cricket for the first time and we also have an active Veteran's XI who feature on The Common every Wednesday.
Photo: Ted Woodgate for the Veterans.
It's just not Cricket!
Our cricketing activities are underpinned by hiring our facilities to other Community Groups all year around, which promotes getting like-minded people together, to do the things that they love. This includes all sorts of craft activities, board games and common interest meetings.
The estimated loss of revenue generated from Community Group Room Hire, Event Income and Bar Profits is projected to be around £7,500 in 2020, a significant sum of money for our Club. It is this money that is re-invested into our Club facilities and equipment requirements to support the needs of our Members and ensure we remain sustainable, supporting the Community along the way.
Photo: Our Clubhouse is in the heart of our Village.
Can you pledge your support?
Without this income, we cannot re-invest funds into the maintenance of our square including our annual end of year renovation, approve the annual maintenance and repair of our machinery and ground equipment, review our Health & Safety requirements, commit to buying the necessary stock of league approved cricket balls or submit our competition entry fees.
All of our ground work, coaching and administration is done by Club Volunteers to keep costs down where possible and will only employ specialist help where required, such as for machinery maintenance and for legal requirements such as health & safety planning.
What you will be contributing to...
A successful crowdfunding campaign will facilitate the following;
- The safe return of our Community Groups
- End of Season Square Renovation in September
- End of year Annual Maintenance and Repair of Machinery
- Maintain our Pavilion
- Complete our Annual Health & Safety check-ups including Risk Assessments
- Purchase of League Cricket Balls for 2021 season
- Competition Entry Fees for 2021 season
On behalf of Stock Cricket Club
Stock Cricket Club
You can find out more about us by visiting our Club Website at www.stockcricketclub.co.uk