New Project: Build new first class four bay cricket nets at Poplar ground

Led by the Junior section we have two clear funding goals

  1. To invest in the coaching provision across all junior age groups
  2. To replace the outdoor cricket nets

On coaching the cricket committee have now confirmed Eranga Mendis (level 3 coach) for 5 days of the summer season, have set aside the budget for an ECB Level 2 coach (recruitment underway)  and are working with the seniors to create a better integration between the older age groups and the senior players. This is on top of an extended winter nets programme led by Eranga. We believe this is the bedrock for improvement for all players, but importantly feeding the seniors with the next generation of stars to secure the future of the club.

The nets programme is a significant project costing £80,000. The ORA have approved the new position, planning applications have been submitted and the ECB have provisionally approved the scheme and their support with funding (see early designs above). The cricket committee are planning for these new nets to be built in September 2018, so benefiting the 2019 season onwards. The Juniors will initially be making a £30,000 investment, and between now and September we will be applying for grants from numerous charities & foundations. The ECB have provisionally approved an interest free loan for 5 years to ensure we can complete the project. The objective between now and September is to raise as much money as possible to minimise the use of the loan.

So in the coming months whether at registration by adding an additional amount towards the nets, making a single donation  or getting involved in our fundraising events all help would be welcome. Please contact [email protected]

The belief is that these new first class facilities will attract more juniors to the club which in turn supported by the coaching quality that is in place, will boost the cricket section overall as part of old ruts. The target is another 50 juniors by 2020 to 400 per year. Why not donate now!