Droitwich Spa Cricket Club has been and continues to be a pivotal sport club in the community. Youth cricket - since it began in the early 1970's - has always been at the forefront of our thinking, our club having been broadened by the advent of Women's cricket for which we are a hub for Worcestershire Woman's cricket & the All Stars programme which we have previously had the largest uptake in the country for. Whilst many clubs memberships are shrinking, ours is growing & we have recently introduced a 4th XI on Saturdays, to allow more juniors a taste of adult cricket.
We pride ourselves on still being a club who still do almost everything ourselves, therefore remaining self sufficient.
Why do we need to Crowdfund?
To continue this self sufficiency and continue to provide Cricket to all in our local community we are in vital need of new facilities. Our vision is to extend either side of our current clubhouse and extend the front whilst modernising the current building. This is vital to ensure we can offer suitable facilities for our ever growing Woman's section, add disabled facilities to remain an inclusive club for all and expand our general facilities to reflect the numbers within our club for both our ever growing adult and junior teams.
With only limited opportunities for fundraising and opening our bar last year it is imperative that we launch a crowd funder to make up for lost revenues and bounce back from the half season we had. As outlined previous these funds will go toward facility improvement for club members, juniors and the wider community.
The impact of Coronavirus on our club has been huge due to the crucial time it is for Droitwich Spa Cricket Club. We have continued with plans to extend and improve our clubhouse as we have outgrown the outdated clubhouse we currently have. However, this has been extremely challenging due to not opening our bar for half a season and not being allowed to hold fundraisers that would of allocated vital funds towards this project. We were also unable to charge our usual membership fee for playing members due to the nature of the disrupted season which once again had a negative financial impact on the club.
Alongside issues with our previously damaged Square and ground that we have had to invest in the club is in critical need of funds to ensure this project can get over the line and be ready to welcome our members and the wider community once restrictions allow us to do so.
How can you help?
By purchasing one of our rewards you directly add funds to our pavilion project account. We have a number of rewards including our newly launched BeSpaofit discount membership card that unlocks discounts and savings for multiple businesses around the town. We also have our Buy a Brick reward allowing you to have your name on a club wall showing your name or families name and the support you have given the club. There are also opportunities to purchase 1-to-1 coaching, Player sponsorship as well as sponsorship opportunities for any businesses that want to help us continue to offer Cricket and football to the community.
Works which need to be done!
The works to complete the clubhouse improvements is essential. This will allow the clubs to continue to grow and provide access to the whole community. It will allow the clubhouse to be functionable throughout the year and provide much needed revenue to make the clubs sustainable now and in the future.
The clubhouse will be renovated so it will be a complete brick structure making it more secure and allowing the club to be used by local businesses and the community throughout the year.
Electronic shutter will be put in place to avoid further damage to the pavilion windows and allow everyone to enjoy the sport on the fields from inside and out the clubhouse. This will also make the venue more welcoming for guests and allow us to host more events for the community.
The main clubroom will be completely refurbished making it a useable space for everyone involved with the clubs, the community and allow us to host more people. This will also make the club more sustainable with the ability to earn extra revenue.
The clubhouse will be extended to allow extra changing space to allow space for Women's changing facilities and to allow us to continue our growth. The cricket club are now putting out 5 adult teams on a Saturday and it will allow greater disabled access. To make us a club for all.