Notts Unity Casuals has a history going back for 120 years. The club over the years has produced and developed several county and international cricketers as well as professional sports people. We could never have imagined, Covid-19 would mean no cricket at our club for the very first time at our ground.
It has been very hard to tell many of our young players, who find themselves being confined to their homes, we are not allowed to play or hold cricket practice sessions at our club. Unfortunately, we are living in some challenging times, what is more important than cricket is the lives of our Notts Unity Casuals Family.
We were hoping for an exciting start to our season with many new friends joining us to help our cricket club develop, all this is now on hold as we try to cover our costs and limit the financial impact of COVID-19 on our club. Whilst there is no cricket, we still need to continue covering our financial costs for utilities, maintenance of our playing facilities, building and repairs to our outdoor nets and water rates. Because we own our club rather then rent it, we have to ensure we continue to cover our insurance costs and sadly this year we have lost the income we normally receive from the hire of our facilities to the football club and other cricket teams.
Asif has managed to access some funds from the ECB and continues to provide financial support to our club. However, it is not enough to cover our costs. Sport England have recently announced a scheme where they will match fund any amount up to £10,000 raised by a club using crowd funder. This is a really exciting opportunity for us to raise the funds we need to ensure our club can continue providing people the opportunity to play cricket and develop future players for generations to come. We are asking existing members to donate their membership fees for next year and for past members to donate whatever they can afford. We ask all cricket loving people across the world to donate to this important cause, your support will be greatly appreciated. Any donations we receive will be doubled without out any extra effort. Please play your part in helping us reach the maximum amount of £10,000 and help us to purchase much needed maintenance equipment as well as cover our running costs.