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Village cricket club launches appeal for funding

Posted onPosted on 5th Aug

Blidworth Colliery Welfare Cricket Club has launched an appeal to replace income lost through the coronavirus pandemic, cover its running costs and look to the future to hopefully expand its junior team section.

People can make a donation on a crowdfunding page, which has a target of £2,500.

The club is open to all and is run entirely by volunteers. Chairman Andy Spencer said they were “investing hard” into the community and wanted to get more youngsters involved.

There is already a busy Friday evening coaching platform for youngsters and he said they wanted to keep cricket in the heart of the village.

The club said: “Our aim as a community club is to encourage a greater participation in cricket, both physically and socially across the whole of our local community.

“The club runs a successful Junior section, but we would love to expand this to encompass as many of the local young community as possible. We would like to be able to bring young players in and help them mature into young adult players and continue to play at our club. Across the club we have in excess of 80 members.

“We are an active social hub for the local community and our facilities are shared with Blidworth Miners’ Welfare Bowling Club. We host yearly community events to help raise money. We strive to engage and support as many of the local community as possible, both cricket and non-cricket playing through our friendly and inclusive environment.

“The club has always been self-sufficient, however, the ongoing Covid pandemic is having a big impact on our income. 95% of our income comes from match day income, this covers our outgoings for the year. Most of these outgoing costs have still had to be paid and this has had a massive impact on club funds while our income levels have dropped dramatically.

“Any money raised through this crowdfunding page will, therefore, help us cover our annual ‘Fixed’ running costs which primarily include £2,000 ground maintenance. If we raise enough money we would like to put whatever remains towards pavilion facility upgrades to ensure we can expand our Junior team sections.”

Anyone who donates £10 will receive a 100 Club number for one month. For £17 they will receive a number on the bat raffle. For £25 they will be entered in a draw for 10 free pints at the Welfare bar.

Also, everyone who donates above £10 will be entered into a draw for a voucher for a meal for two with wine at The Black Bull in Blidworth.