Wells Cricket Club Covid Recovery Fund

by Wells Cricket Club in South Horrington Village, England, United Kingdom

£10,366

£15,000 target 18 days left
69% 94 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th May 2021 at 6:58pm

Wells CC struggled through 2020; COVID19 dented fundraising progress for a much needed 2-lane Training Net facility.

by Wells Cricket Club in South Horrington Village, England, United Kingdom

Wells Cricket Club is a community and participation club in Mendip, Somerset. Our primary focus is providing engaging and fun cricket coaching for children and young people.

The Club has achieved Clubmark Accreditation by demonstrating the best practices are in place to develop and deliver high quality community cricket in a safe, effective and child-friendly way.

Wells CC junior section has grown significantly in the last few years and is now a thriving environment for children to develop into young cricketers. In 2021 Wells CC has increased it's junior setup to give more children the chance to play; now boasting multiple teams at U17/U15, U13 and U11 age groups as wells as a dedicated Girls section. Wells CC also leads an ECB All Stars programme for boys and girls 5-8years to start their cricketing journey.

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What are we doing and why?

COVID-19 impact

The 2020 season was severely impacted by COVID-19 with all players missing out on the fun and enjoyment that playing sport brings. From a financial point of view the Club suffered heavily with a reduction in fixtures and match fees, reduced income from sponsorship and reduced playing subscriptions. Wells CC is also a popular venue for hire and due to restrictions we had to remain closed. We were also unable to host any of our usual fundraising events such as Horrington Fair, Quiz nights, New Years Eve and other community parties. 

As a club we are raising funds to counteract this shortfall and get back on track with our Club improvement programme.

During the 2020 season our volunteers used their time to complete some great work to our ground in South Horrington. The clubhouse was re-painted inside and out, and the main hall area, bar and kitchen are ready when permitted to host events in style. Some of the players turned their hands to building a set of steps at the front of the clubhouse which has made it much more welcoming and improved access for all around what was previously a cramped area around the ramp. Other volunteers (much braver than me) scaled the 10m height to repair the boundary nets from the high winds and bad weather in winter 2019. 

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Our ground in South Horrington is a great open space for all local residents to enjoy. A heart warming fundraising campaign in 2020 saw >80 individuals contribute towards the cost of 4 new benches which were installed by Wells CC volunteers. These benches are used by everyone in the community and have really been a safe space to enjoy during the isolating lockdowns of 2020/2021.

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But more repairs are needed to Wells Cricket Club pavilion to make it an even better space for our community. We plan to replace the carpeted flooring with a wipe-clean surface to make cleaning between bookings much easier.

Unfortunately the Club has suffered a number of break-ins in recent years and works are needed to repair damage from this and also stolen items. Most recently our rusty but trusty Landrover used to pull the gangs to cut the grass was stolen and the club has suffered financial outlay to replace this item. We also have broken windows and tiles which need to be repaired to keep us looking tip top. The club is planning to further increase it's security system to detour would-be criminals in the future but this all comes at a cost.

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What will the money be spent on?

The funding will be spent on improving the playing environment for our young cricketers

The money raised will contribute towards a number of key areas:

  • Installation of a 2-lane Training Net Facility

The money raised will contribute significantly towards building a dedicated 2-lane cricket training net facility. Currently all of our sides (junior and senior) don't have a dedicated training facility. This typically results in the cricket square being used for training sessions, or ultimately for the juniors a lot of soft-ball sessions on the outfield.

  • Purchase a cover to keep the Junior Match strips dry from adverse weather

Currently our mobile covers are only able to cover the Saturday match wicket which unfortunately junior fixtures are cancelled. 

  • Finance additional coaching qualifications so we can continue to run more sessions

In 2020 Wells CC qualified an additional 3 x Level 2 coaches, but with more than 100 juniors playing every week we need to continue to train more coaches to keep up with demand and also diversify our coaching staff too.

  • Purchase of additional coaching equipment so more sessions can run simultaneously

In addition to this we will continue to self generate revenue to cover the running costs of the club; ground maintenance, umpire fees, coaching costs, PPE equipment etc

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Who in the community will benefit from this project?

Wells CC is a thriving community hub throughout the summer and provides a great place for families to watch and play sport.

Achieving our target will allow us to continue providing great and safe sporting facilities for the local area.

Lockdown has had a big impact on reducing access to team sports, and with restrictions easing this spring Wells CC wants to offer as many playing options to as many juniors and seniors as possible. 

  • Current and future junior members to train and play weekly
  • 2 senior sides to train and play weekly
  • Western Storm Academy scheduled to train at the ground in 2021
  • NEW dedicated Girls training section with weekly training and fixtures led by Somerset Cricket Board
  • All Stars (5-8 year olds introduction to cricket)
  • SASP School cricket tournament day scheduled to return in 2021
  • Local village clubs are welcome to use the facilities to help fellow grass-roots community cricket

The club as a whole will continue to be an active part of our community and host

  • Outdoor events with live music and BBQ
  • Outdoor exercise classes open to all in the community including Zumba, Pilates, Clubercise and TaiChi
  • 1-1 Personal Training Sessions
  • Clubhouse hire for a range of local groups including Mendip Ladies Group and Mother & Baby groups
  • Clubhouse hire for parties hosted by Wells CC or private events

Looking forward to the 2021 season!

With the ECB return to play roadmap now in place we're expecting a full return to cricket in summer 2021, but with similar restriction in place to the 2020 season. These restrictions do mean that our potential revenue will be impacted as the clubhouse will continue to be out of action for hosting community events.

But overall Wells CC are ready and raring for an action-packed summer filled with smiles and sunshine and more cricket than ever before.

Thanks as always!

Wells Cricket Club

[email protected]

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Junior Training & Membership Bundle

Covers the junior membership fee (normally £20) and the weekly summer training fees. Applicable for U9/U11/Girls/U13/U15/U17

£1 or more

15 of 100 claimed

Virtual Duck Race

£1 entry into the virtual (live-streamed) duck race. Winner wins a bar voucher.

£5 or more

Non-playing membership (Associate Membership)

Membership for parents/guardians/supporters/friends of Wells CC

£10 or more

Marcus Tre-SOFT-DRINKS*

11 soft drink cans for the price of 10. Stamp card will be issued.

£10 or more

Prize Draw - PAYG Wells Golf Club Membership

Wells Golf Club have kindly donated a Pay-As-You-Go Annual Membership worth £330 - https://www.wellsgolfclub.co.uk/pay_as_you_go_membership - £10 entry into a prize draw to win the membership

£12 or more

Wells CC Cap

Green baseball cap with Wells CC logo

£18 or more

0 of 18 claimed

Match Ball Sponsor

Sponsor the 2 match balls of a home senior fixture. Advertised across social and local media.

£20 or more

Wells CC Green Training Shirt

Green collar-less t-shirt with Wells CC logo. Available in sizes: 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

£20 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£10 off Coaching Session with Jack Moore (1 hour)

1 hour coaching session with Jack Moore Wells Cricket Club's Head Coach (ECB Level 3)

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bottle of Rosé Champagne

Donated by Willem Dalby. Normally £45

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2 tickets to Bishops Palace Outdoor Theatre

Donated by Wells Bishops Palace. 2 tickets to Robin O’The Greenwood, 25th June 2021. https://bishopspalace.org.uk/whats-on/robin-othe-greenwood/ Normally £30

£21 or more

Wells CC Match Playing Shirt

Short-sleeved match day white playing shirt. Available in sizes: 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

£22 or more

Wells CC Navy Polo

Short-sleeved navy polo shirt with Wells CC logo. Available in sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

£22 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£5 off Double-Gate Farm Afternoon Tea For 2

Donated by Double-Gate Farm B&B & Tea Rooms. Normally £27 https://doublegatefarm.co.uk/accommodation/tea-room-menu

£25 or more

Ricky "Pint"-TINS

11 cans of lager/cider for the price of 10. Stamp card will be issued

£30 or more

Wells CC Navy Hoody

Navy hoody with Wells CC logo. Available in sizes: 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs, 11-12yrs, XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

£30 or more

Sach-GIN Tendulkar

11 single spirits and mixer for 10. Stamps card will be issued

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Boudavida Cushty Gym Bag

Donated by Boudavida Worth £58 https://boudavida.com/collections/accessories/products/cushty-gym-bag-in-black

£35 or more

Wells CC Navy 1/4 Zip Fleece

Navy blue 1/4 zip fleece with Wells CC logo. Available in sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

£40 or more

Party in the Pavilion

Clubhouse hire for a party with barman available on request. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions

£40 or more

Jager Bomb Bundle

5 of our 4for£10 Jager Bombs for the price of 4. Stamp card will be issued.

£48 or more

Shane WINE

5 bottles of wine for the price of 4. Stamp card will be issued

£60 or more

£20 off Senior Membership

£20 off standard adult playing membership (normally £80)

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Boundary Board Sponsor

Match day boundary board sponsor for 2021 & 2022. Banner/board to be supplied by donator. Will be advertised on social and local media

£1,000 or more

Shirt Sponsor 2021 & 2022

Your logo on the front of playing shirts of Wells CC for the 2021 & 2022 seasons. Full coverage across local media and social media

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Marcus Tre-SOFT-DRINKS

11 soft drink cans for the price of 11. Stamp card will be issued.

Let's make 'Wells Cricket Club Covid Recovery Fund' happen

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