Community support

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Submitted by: Howgate Insurance Brokers Ltd

Description

Kingstonian Cricket Club – artificial practice strips
Kingstonian Cricket Club (KCC) can trace its roots back to 1989 when what was formerly known as Pearl Assurance became an independent entity known as Pearl 1990 Cricket Club, after the Company relocated further North of London. A few years later saw the change to the club’s current name.

At KCC, we are a committed to developing cricket within the local community. The club welcomes new and existing cricketers regardless of age, gender or ability. The last few years have seen the club grow, from two Saturday teams and a Sunday XI, to fielding six Saturday teams and two Sunday teams. Three Saturday sides play in the Surrey Championship, one in the Surrey Cricket League, and the 5th XI and 6th XI play friendly matches. These teams along with the Sunday sides have enabled over 90 regular and 100 occasional players to be involved with the club during 2017.
2016 was a breakthrough year for the club as it set up its first ever colts section which was hugely successful, involving over 40 youngsters from a variety of schools locally aged 5-11. 2017 has seen this expand up from ages 4-14 and we have seen our section double after a recent national programme called All Stars Cricket which promoted cricket for ages 5-8. Each week this summer almost 85 junior players - both boys and girls - from all different backgrounds played cricket at KCC 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. We have always been committed to keeping subscription fees as low as possible to give everyone from every background the opportunity to play cricket. 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.
The club's facilities have improved a great deal over the last 3-4 years with the purchase of covers and other equipment. Following on from feedback from club members and parents of colts, one that requires massive improvement is the need for artificial matting in the fixed cage and a concrete strip as shown in the pictures. These facilities would need to be able to withstand a large amount of use over the summer with minimal maintenance and be usable in all but the very wet conditions. For that reason, we want to install an all-weather practice strips to replace our current grass net and concrete strip. One would be used for adults and the other for the colts practice strip.

A grant of £1,000 would enable us to provide our club members and colts with good training facilities before and throughout the cricket season. This is especially important for our younger members of the club to have proper practice areas to develop their skills for the future of the club as well as encouraging more youngsters from the community to join the club with good facilities. Any surplus cost would be covered by the club as it has been deemed an essential need before the 2018 season.

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Kingstonian Cricket Club

Location: New Malden KT3 5HA, United Kingdom

What makes us proud? – we feel this project is key in our development and engagement with the local community in order to encourage more people to join the club whatever their age and ability. Proper facilities are key to this and we feel with the community’s support, we will be able to engage more
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