Why Sandy Cricket Club
WHY SPONSOR US?
We are looking for new sponsors to enable us to invest in the future of cricket in Sandy. Amongst other things we will:
- Invest in a brand new, structured training programme for our juniors.
- Purchase boundary rope and winder to help us continue to host Bedfordshire County Cricket matches at our ground.
- Buy new equipment to enable us to offer free coaching sessions to all children in our community.
- Replace our all weather artificial wicket, which is over 20 years old.
- Keep providing the whole Sandy community with the opportunity to play cricket.
- Support cricket sessions in local schools.
In return for sponsoring us we can offer advertising for you, or your company: at our ground on match days, which is in a public park so will be seen by hundreds of local people; on our various social media pages, which are regularly shared to local groups and seen by thousands; on our website, which is viewed by over 100,000 people a year; and in our annual fixture handbook, which as well as going out to all club members & life members, is also distributed throughout the local community in shops and pubs. Sponsors will be invited to club events, which can also be opportunities to promote your business.
Sandy Cricket Club has been active for over 100 years, giving the local community a chance to participate in local, low cost cricket, We are a Community Association Sports Club (CASC), and Clubmark accredited. The club has a junior section, two senior league teams and also plays friendly matches on Sundays. Sandy CC are the only cricket club based in the town and we provide pitches for home matches played by the local secondary school.
The recreation ground is freely accessible to the general public and the cricket square is available for use by the whole community. We also host junior county matches for Cricket East, (with a focus on girl's cricket for the 2021 season) and other local clubs can hire the square.
The club is run entirely by dedicated volunteers, and is completely self-funded. We rely on our own fundraising opportunities, fees and donations from members, and sponsorship from local businesses.
The club has always maintained links with local schools, running Chance-2-Shine sessions and Kwik Cricket tournaments, and also supporting Cricket East in running school cricket sessions.
Our qualified coaching staff run junior sessions during summer and winter months to help keep the juniors active and engaged with cricket. We have traditionally kept our junior membership fees low, in fact they haven't increased for nearly a decade. Sponsorship will guarantee we keep these fees unchanged again and continue to run indoor winter coaching sessions for juniors.
We currently have two seniors men's teams who play in the Bedfordshire Invitation Saturday Cricket League. With our 1st XI winning their division in 2020, they have been promoted to Division 1 for the 2021 season. The 2nd XI competes in Division 3 and gives an opportunity for lapsed players to get back into cricket, and also for our colts to progress into adult cricket. The two teams compliment each other, and allow the club to provide opportunities to players of all abilities. Several friendly games have also been organised for Sundays following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, and we hope this will lead to a permanent Sunday side for the 2022 season. We have in previous years also had an indoor team and in the 2019/2020 season the team won Division 4 and gained promotion. We look forward to playing inside again as soon as rules allow.
Everybody has been impacted by the pandemic and Sandy CC has been no exception. Our funding streams ceased. We immediately suspended membership fees for 2020 and had to cancel all of our social/fundraising events (Comedy Night, Race Night and Quizzes).
However our small group of volunteers kept busy in the background and the whole club pulled together, adapting to keep the the Club going.
Because of the pandemic we lost planned school visits, but this year we are already in discussion with the local schools to continue building our relationship with them. New school visits are already being organised. We will also invest in a brand new training program for our junior section. This season we must give all children in the local community a chance to experience the fun in cricket, re-invigorate and increase our club membership.
We firmly believe it is essential that children from all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds have an opportunity to participate in and enjoy sport. Cricket gives children of any ability an opportunity to be active, meet new friends, learn new skills and most importantly have some fun!
We must reach out to more children, especially girls, and also children from ethnic minority backgrounds and areas of deprivation. We must encourage them to believe that cricket is a sport open to them all, a sport they can come along and enjoy.
Sandy CC is a club moving forwards, we have big plans for the future! Please support us, and together we can support the local community and increase participation across the whole of Sandy.