Community support

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Oakamoor Cricket Club was formed in 1866 and has been a focal point of the village since then.

The club is aiming to reach a target of £5000 to restore and build new all weather practice nets at our ground. the Davies / Worthington Sports Ground in Oakamoor.

This will provide both our junior and senior teams with improved outdoor practice facilities which would enable all our teams to practice throughout the year and on wet evenings in safety.

As well as improving our current net facilities, building two further additional lanes would double the size of the current practice area and allow more players to participate.

8 years ago the club raised £1000 to purchase a bowling machine through a sponsored walk which unfortunately is rarely used because of the lack of facilities.

We are a community club and would offer our facilities to local schools and other youth groups and we feel that this would play a massive part in encouraging more children to take up cricket as a regular healthy activity.

Our club's main fundraiser is our annual Bonfire and Firework display and last year well over 2000 people from the local villages and towns attended

We pride ourselves on being a family orientated club which currently has 5 senior sides including 2 women’s teams. We also boast over 8 junior sides ranging from under under 8's to under 17's and we offering coaching and training to children in the local area and from local schools.

For a relatively small club, based in a rural area, the high number of junior players that take part is testament to our 'all included' ethos which aims to get more children involved in local sport and healthy activities. All of our coaching is done voluntarily, with many players and parents devoting their spare time to improving the future generation of cricketers. Our juniors are encouraged to complete their coaching qualifications and participate in fundraising activities, which gives them experience which is useful when applying for places in further education.

The club has a strong belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to play sport.

Annually we host a ladies softball tournament and the local police have also used the ground for matches. We also run an annual 6 a side big bash tournament which combines experienced and non experienced cricketers in one side.

Last year we hosted a visually impaired cricket match when we invited the Derbyshire Owls to play in a mixed game including members of the Oakamoor cricket team wearing blindfolds and simulation spectacles that provide players with various visual difficulties that mimic actual eye disorders.

The Staffordshire senior ladies have also used the ground on many occasions.

We do not charge teams playing at Oakamoor and as a club we believe that we should make our facilities accessible to the wider community.

If we are successful with our grant application it would allow us to reach our target and have the nets installed and ready for use before the start of the 2018 cricket season. The nets would be purchased from a specialist supplier but a great deal of the grounds work and fencing would be carried out by club members and local volunteers who have continually given up their spare time to help with various projects at the club over the years.

Project Video

Oakamoor Cricket Club

What we have at Oakamoor is something very special, an amazing group of players, members and volunteers who continually pull together to create a safe, fun environment for local sport.

The ground is also a focal point in the local community providing a fantastic space for our villagers

Location: Oakamoor, Staffordshire, United Kingdom