Why Belhus Cricket Club
Belhus Cricket Club:
We at Belhus Cricket Club are proud of our ability to offer the opportunity for people of all ages and ability to play the great game of cricket. From our base in North Stifford, Essex, our first team currently compete in the HFEL Premier division. The club has been very successful in recent years winning league titles and gaining promotions, but our most outstanding achievement came in March 2016 when we lifted the ECB National Indoor Championship in the Final at the MCC Indoor Academy at Lord's in 1996.
Having a thriving youth section over the years that have produced many players that have gone on to represent the club within the county youth system.
Why Sponsor Us:
Audience: Belhus Cricket Club boasts a growing membership in excess of 250, with membership increasing significantly since lockdown. Through our extensive in-person marketing footprint we can provide your business with the opportunity to build brand-loyalty within the Thurrock area.
Facilities: Our clubhouse is situated in the beautiful village of North Stifford and has excellent amenities for players, spectators and corporate guests, with dining facilities.
Although situated within North Stifford, the ground has a main road running through it with traffic running through to the A13 and M25.
Meaning that any advertisement for your business will gain traction with an audience wider than the club itself. With Belhus Cricket Club also providing you with business development and employee engagement opportunities through club matches and our hospitality services.
Digital: Belhus Cricket Club boasts circa 150,000 media impressions annually across our digital channels, providing extensive reach and awareness for any of our partners. This should increase immesuarbly when we start to stream our games live in our Youtube channel. We provide integration with these channels and can target specific target audiences based on your objectives.
The club has a flexible approach to sponsorship, with perks ranging from but are not limited to:
- logo & link on social media posts and websites pages, to an audience of 150,000 annually
- physical advertisement on club assets, providing exposure to 4,000 individuals annually and building loyalty with our 300 members.
- opportunities to advertise at club events, to an audience wider than our existing membership base
- captive audience of club members for exclusive business promotions, driving top-line sales
- invites to club events for BD or employee engagement
- CSR Opportunities through our involvement with our local charity partners
Alternative/supplementary perks can be arranged through negotiation dependent on the level of sponsor commitment, budget and your business objectives.
We are committed to giving you and your company the exposure and promotion you deserve. We recognise that without your support many of our club members would not be enjoying their sport at the weekend!
Contact us now to find out more and explore what Belhus Cricket Club can offer!
Belhus Cricket Club has been heavily involved in Charity work from an annual charity day that has supported Help for Hero’s and the Nicky Mason Foundation. Recently we have partnered with Cricket Kindness to provide developing countries with kit gathered from playing members that they no longer use. We are always looking at how we can assist those less fortunate than some.
Our youth section is thriving with over 100 children across all age groups from U9’s to U15’s. Belhus’ ethos is to try and create organic growth of the playing squads through the age group with over 70% of the current first 1st and 2nd teams having graduated through the Belhus youth system.
Our goals at Belhus Cricket Club are to create a competitive environment where the first team is able to compete at the highest level. This coupled with the belief that with the excellent coaching at the club, this can be borne from creating a diverse youth section.
At our stunning ground in North Stifford, we hope to be able to upgrade the facilities right across the site to be able to encourage the next group of children in to the game of cricket as well as keeping the exceptional talent pool with a better standard of facility.
All coaches at Belhus Cricket Club do it purely for the love of the club and are not paid.
Belhus Cricket Club was established in 1960. We played our home matches in Belhus Park, sharing the ground with Aveley CC, a fine club whose roots dated back to around 1880 but who, sadly, disbanded in 1970. The earliest match played at Belhus Park reputedly took place in 1803 between the 'Eleven Gentlemen of Essex' and the 'Eleven Gentlemen of Kent' for a wager of 100 guineas (£105). And on 22nd June 1815, just four days after the Battle of Waterloo, a match took place between 'Eleven Gentlemen of Aveley' and 'Eleven Gentlemen of the Liberty Club', also for a sum of 100 guineas. The first known match played under the Belhus name was on 26th May, 1888 when Canon Whittington of Orsett brought a team of players to Belhus Park, where they were hospitably entertained by a country house eleven captained by a Mr Hiley. Belhus won by 33 runs.
The name 'Belhus' derived from the 14th century owner of the mansion, Nicholas de Belhus, who was of Norman ancestry. In 1618 Sir Edward Barrett was granted a licence to create a park ('English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest') around the Belhus mansion ('One of the most important and beautiful seats in the county'. 'Seats in Essex', by Joseph Rush 1897).
The 1st XI's inaugural match was against South Ockendon Hospital CC on 30th April 1960. We batted first and were dismissed for just 52 in 22 overs, but our bowlers proceeded to skittle out the opposition for just 25. Only one batsman reached double figures in the entire match - George Arendse of Belhus who scored 17. The following day, against Beltonians CC, our 1st XI batsmen performed only marginally better when they amassed 55 (Major Patrick Pooler-Williams top-scored with 17). Sadly, we lost by 6 wickets.
With an age-old ambition to buy our own ground and provide better facilities for members, we moved from Belhus Park in 1997 to North Stifford Village Green (where cricket was first played in 1949), and subsequently finalised negotiations for security of tenure in 2004. This development was undoubtedly the most significant in the club's history.