Club seeks to improve its facilities

By Tim Leigh in Cricket

As the countdown to the new cricket season continues, Ipplepen Cricket Club is today launching a CrowdFunder campaign aimed at raising enough cash to make serious improvements to the practise facilities at Moor Road.

In recent years, a combination of bad weather and ‘wear and tear’ have taken their toll on the outdoor nets which are now suffering from bent poles, uneven bounce and netting with large holes.

All of this makes purposeful practice in the nets at best difficult and at worst dangerous.

On top of this, the club’s bowling machine is now older than most of their first XI and is also in need of replacement, whilst the acquisition of a mobile batting cage would allow for additional ‘grass wicket’ practice to help prepare both junior and senior players for matches.

The total cost of the required materials, equipment and labour is well in excess of £5,000 and the only way to get this work completed in time for the start of the season is for the club to run a fundraising campaign during the month of February.

Any money raised from the campaign will be made immediately available on March 1 and will be used to make whatever im­provements are possible with the donated funds so that the im­proved facilities are ready for the start of the new season in mid-April.

The club have created a CrowdFunder campaign web page at www.crowdfunder.co.

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Club head coach Chris Partridge said: ‘Over the past few years it has become harder and harder to run useful training sessions for our players as the facilities and equipment just aren’t up to the job.

‘We have done our best to repair the nets and keep things usable with small grants and contributions from membership fees, but the project now needs a much greater scale of funding and therefore we are launching this campaign.’

Donors can give as much or as little as they wish, but there are rewards for certain levels of donation, including certification of donation for those giving £20 and private 1-to-1 coaching sessions for those giving £100.

Corporate donors are also welcome with various options available for businesses wishing to make a contribution to the fundraising drive.

Anyone interested in supporting the project can contact Partridge on 07887 513 800.

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