Why Do We Need To Fundraise - Doesn't Membership cover it?
Basic operating costs for the the club are approximately £35,000 per year so with a membership of 200 players, this means a per head cost of £175 no matter the age of the player.
We have never charged £175 to be a member of our club. Our Senior Mens membership is £100 with a £5 match fee per game while hard ball membership in 2023 was £60 for juniors & Senior Women and Soft Ball membership for Under 7s & 9s was £40. Our goal as a charity is to provide cricket at a club with fantastic facilities but at a rate that is manageable for members with the price of playing as low as possible for families, reducing cost as far as possible as a barrier for the sport.
2024 also brings significant Capital expenditure requirements in terms of the purchase of a new roller £13.3k (we have selected a Poweroll 12) and also a robot mower option £13k (we are currently looking at Husqvarna & Kress products) so siginificant capital projects which will place even greater strain on our financial position
So how can we plug the gap?
Not charging high amounts for membership and playing fees mean that we have always relied on other avenues of income to bridge the gap via a combination of Donations, Sponsorship, Events, Grants & Fundraising. These have delivered over time our new pavilion, new nets, sightscreens & covers. All funds "made" by the club through operations go towards re-investment.
The goal of this page is to have a one-stop shop for all the methods that can be used to fundraise for the club. Some of these just mean nominating us as your selected charity for programmes at no additional cost to yourself while you go about your usual shopping routines to yield what might seem small individual amounts but when totalled up across the membership result in serious contributions.
With the new lease on the way thanks to our supportive landlords, the cricket club will now benefit from all bar sales but has greater financial responsibility to maintain Englands and the Pavilion. This means that every, pint, bottle, glass, snack and burger is a mini fundraiser for the club and this needs to be factored in when considering the prices.
We know that we can't place an expectation on every member to make up the difference above in donations instead however the Club Committee hopes that where possible, club members and parents of members can get involved in fundraising efforts and do what they can to help generate income.