Essex-based club Upminster CC have been busy coming up with fun engaging ideas to connect to their members. One of these events was a club-wide race night. Hosted online and with some brilliant activation the club raised much needed funds. Keep an eye out on their Twitter feed for some great upcoming events they have planned.
https://t.co/rR5fogleUK We are very proud of what our virtual race night achieved. Over 5k raised is a fantastic effort, thank you to everyone for being so generous #stayhomestaysafe #nhs @EssexCCB @EssexCricket @EssexLguCricket— Upminster CC (@UpminsterCC) April 16, 2020
Raising vital funds is great but Hailsham Cricket Club have taken a different tack to support their local community. Three dedicated members are using the club as a base for preparing and delivering packages to NHS workers in real need of support. Read more here.
Meanwhile Braintree CC have been supporting a local hospice by providing residents with access to their ground for daily exercise in a safe and secure environment. Giving residents much needed respite from their lockdown.
While closed for practise, @braintreecc have kindly allowed their neighbours at a retirement home to use their grounds so they can exercise in a safe and private environment.— Braintree District Council #StayAlert ❤️ (@BraintreeDC) April 18, 2020
Another amazing example of community spirit in Braintree! 👏 pic.twitter.com/pI4gktj0M4
Another great example has been set by Merstham Cricket Club who have hosted a COVID-19 Cricket Tea. Marking what should have been the day they started league matches, the club have held a collection for local food bank allowing the club to connect with members and the wider community to bring much needed resources to the food bank at a very difficult time.
A cricket tea for Covid-19 with a difference. We are seeking donations for a foodbank and Stripey Stork from 1-5pm on Saturday May 2 https://t.co/s5akbukYhk— Merstham CC (@mersthammagics) April 25, 2020
Hundreds of cricketers and several clubs from the North Staffs South Cheshire Premier League have joined in and come up with a variety of different ways to raise money. Find out more about the initiative here.
In June, Cricket Shropshire Chairman Adrian Collins set out to visit 54 cricket clubs on a 500-mile Tour De Shropshire over eight days, raising money for Chance to Shine and Blood Cancer UK. You can find out more about the initiative here.
Within Herefordshire, Nick Nenadich has set himself the challenge to raise £1,000 for St Michael's Hospice (Hereford) by completing 100 cricket runs and 100 rugby conversions in 20 days. To date, he has already raised over £9,000! To find out more about the initiative and how Nick has been getting on, click here.
Finally, why not use the current situation to explore your own club’s heritage. The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Club Heritage Project, is showcasing one club a week asking for people to recount their stories and experiences of their club. From young to old our clubs host a great deal of stories and fascinating local histories. What a great opportunity to draw together stories and members form across your club.
Engage your younger members as junior detectives, not only telling their own stories but becoming local history detectives researching your club and even having virtual interviews with other members. The BBC have some great ideas on this here.