Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


We are Birstall Cricket Club - a local, friendly, community-based non profit organisation. We are small but fast-growing, and as such need to invest in our facilities. We need to continue to support the youth to make sure that the legacy that started in 1885, continues to give everyone the opportunity to join a community cricket team that plays at a good standard and enjoys a social atmosphere.

As you can see from the pictures our current facilities are in a poor state and in desperate need of modernisation. Every season, we try to patch and repair the nets because the children’s safety is a priority but it’s becoming increasing difficult every season as they age. We would like the funds to pull up the cricket mats up, roll the ground to even the bounce and then purchase and lay new mats. We would need to replace the nets as they are plagued with holes and they would need to be removed to complete the ground work effectively anyway.

We have a quotation to complete the whole work for £13,000. If we secured £10,000 from the Aviva Community Fund, we have a race night and community sponsored fun run planned in November 17 & Feb 18 to raise the rest of the money to ensure we can complete the works before the start of the season in April 2018. The nets would last for 10 + years and could potentially support 900-1000 juniors over the years.

We currently run 4 junior sides and 3 open age teams which include boys and girls from a variety of backgrounds from the age of 5 upwards to U13’s, approximately 80-90 people. We do not currently have a U15’s or U17’s team but we know that if our facilities are improved and we have extra capacity, we will attract more children of all ages and in particularly the older children who play hard ball cricket.

At the moment, we can only train twice a week because matches are played at the ground all weekend and some weekdays. However, if we were to replace the nets, we would be able to train all the teams throughout the week and at weekends. Our aim is to have at least one U15’s & U17’s in 2018 and a girl’s team and double the numbers by 2019. We have a number of older local children that play cricket elsewhere because they have better facilities and have the relevant aged team, however, because of the community spirit at Birstall they volunteer and support the younger kids learn their cricket. These are inspiring individuals who will hopefully encourage more of the children to volunteer as they grow both in the cricket environment and other parts of community life.

In a world when young children are drawn more and more to electronic devices, games consoles and social media activity, we feel it is really important to give the opportunity to as many children as possible to get active and become involved in a sport. If children regularly have cricket in their life, as they grow into teenagers and young adults, they will hopefully continue to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Not only does cricket provide them the benefit of staying active, but the game also teaches the importance of teamwork, sense of belonging concentration, leadership and possibly above all, the importance of respect to both officials and the opposition through the spirit of cricket.

Birstall Cricket Club

We are proud of Birstall CC, it’s a hub for the community and everyone that supports the junior teams are volunteers who give their time for the children. This project will ensure that the future of junior cricket continues to grow, helps the children reach their potential and protects their safety

Location: Batley