Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

At Pledwick CC, we are a committed to developing cricket within the local community. The club welcomes new and existing cricketers regardless of age, gender or ability. Over the past 9 years the club has expanded significantly; starting with 2 aging adult teams and no junior teams, we now boast 2 senior teams and 5 junior teams from under 9s to under 17s – one at every age-group. Each week almost 100 players - both boys and girls - from all different backgrounds are playing sport at Pledwick CC and bucking the national trend of dwindling participation numbers in cricket. We have a great army of volunteers – coaches, parents and players - who help keep the club running, but we are now struggling to offer adequate coaching and development facilities for our up oncoming youths during the season due to financial restraint.

Unlike a lot of other clubs, our ground’s lease prevents us from running a bar which greatly reduces our income potential. This, added with reduced levels of external funding across the board, has meant that our growth in numbers has outpaced our facility development. We have always been committed to keeping subscription fees as low as possible to give every child from every background the opportunity to play cricket; for example our subs are a third of the nearest junior football club. Not only does cricket provide them the benefit of staying active, but the game also teaches the importance of teamwork, concentration, leadership and possibly above all, the importance of respect to both officials and the opposition through the spirit of cricket.

We are hugely proud of the number of junior players we have representing both our senior sides and the league’s district representative teams, but we feel we can offer them far more.

In order to maintain the amount of players we have and to attract new players to the club we need to continue to offer cricket training and coaching throughout the year and we also need to purchase new cricket covers to enable us to protect our playing square from adverse weather conditions.
Historically we have managed to obtain training and development facilities free of charge at local schools. However, as more and more schools outsource their sports facilities to letting companies whose primary objective is profit, the cost for these facilities is now in the excess of £1000. With the size of our club, and on the back of increasing rent, insurance and utilities, this isn't a sum that is easily affordable.

We are hoping to secure an Aviva Community Fund grant to help us pay for the new cricket covers and the training facilities so we can continue to offer quality cricket playing and coaching facilities to children from the age of 5 to 17 throughout the year to ensure they reach their full potential.

Pledwick Cricket Club

Moment of Pride

We are very proud of the facilities we offer and the commitment by our volunteers so we can offer the the opportunity for Juniors and Seniors to play cricket within their local community.

As a friendly community club and we strive to provide an environment for everyone to feel safe and have fun

Location: Newmillerdam