Cricket clubs sometimes struggle to make ends meet and over the last few years with our wet summers and drier winters this had meant that a large proportion of the the traditional income to clubs has been lost from match fees and subscriptions.
Although NatWest CricketForce encourages cricket players, supporters, their friends and families to give back to their local cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovation work in club houses and grounds, this does not generate income for the clubs.
In the four-year period leading up to 2012, a total capital investment by ECB of £24 million in grants and loans benefited cricket clubs and the game of cricket across England and Wales.
While there are many different sizes of project, some stand out as exceptional. Such as the construction of the new county ground for the Isle of Wight, ECB’s newest and 39th County Board, which is called Newclose Cricket Ground and is sited near Newport.
The ground is now opened, and will be fully operational. It cost £1.6 million to create, with £500,000 of funding coming from the National Sports Foundation and the remaining £1 million donated by a generous private benefactor.
Other examples include projects carried out in association with the University of Exeter in Devon and Truro College in Cornwall, totalling a combined £5 million in construction of new indoor cricket schools at both venues.
It is clear that there are avenues for clubs to raise money for capital projects, however, it is the day to day income for the clubs that is so important.
So when you club cricketers and cricket fans are clearing out your garages and lofts during your annual spring clean, what should you do with all your unwanted, bats, balls, pads, cricket bags and clothing? What about those unwanted books, DVDs and games? Think about who could benefit from selling these unwanted items?
Spare a thought for your local cricket club and why not raise a little money for them or volunteer your services in 2013. Why not create a campaign called sell my stuff and donate the proceeds to your local cricket club?
Every cricket club in England and Wales can benefit from volunteering or the generosity of local cricket fans who wish to support their community. Without these volunteers and supporters cricket clubs in the UK would not be the unique sporting venues they have become over the centuries.
Here at Cricket World, we look forward to hearing about your fund raising efforts. Just email [email protected] with your story.