The Cornish Cricket Trust has hit over £20,000 in donations / grants for the development and protection of cricket in Cornwall and this was achieved in only six months!
The not for profit charity was set up to Protect Cricket’s Future by supporting grass roots cricket in the county and provides grants to clubs, schools and other cricketing associations (including disability cricket, the women’s and girls’ game as well as junior cricket from pre-school age upwards). Cricket has no boundaries and is there for anyone and everyone who have passion for the game.
“Hitting £20,000 in contributions in just a few months is beyond our wildest dreams” said Linda Cobbledick, Chair of Trustees. She added that the donations came from a variety of sources and ranged from club and individual memberships to contributions from businesses as well as one-off grants from foundations. Linda added “what is really encouraging is the level of interest from Cornish cricket lovers who have been particularly generous with their support. We have even received contributions from Cornish ex-pats in the London area and are seeing a growing level of funding from the Cornish business community which is fantastic news”.
To date, around 50% of Cornwall’s 70 league clubs have become members of the Trust with each member club now being eligible for grants of up to £4,000 to fund expenditure and new initiatives. Linda Cobbledick said “We are currently working with around 10 clubs on potential grant awards. These range from funding a new coaching academy for disability and girl’s cricket between the ages of 11 to 16 at Falmouth CC, a new scorebox at Mount Hawke CC and new nets at Hayle CC to support cricket in the community and the development of junior talent. Camborne, Ludgvan and other clubs are looking for support to help them fund new ground equipment and we also support Sports for Tots (Cornwall) by way of giving them equipment to encourage pre-school children to play. The sheer level of interest to support grass roots cricket has been amazing”.
The Trust is aiming to have all Clubs signed up as members by the start of next season with Linda adding that “we know that the funding requests we have received so far is just the tip of the iceberg. We have very ambitious fundraising plans and want to make sure that we can support as many grant applications as possible. We also hope to announce a number of partnership initiatives with business members over the winter months with the aim of helping clubs to reduce their day to day running costs”.
The Cornwall Cricket Trust – Help us to Help Cricket!
The Cornwall Cricket Trust is a registered charity which is run by a group of volunteer Trustees. The Trust prides itself on being able to distribute virtually all its income to good causes within Cornish Cricket (with the exception of printing and audit costs, the Trust’s expenditure is minimal). Further details about the Trust and its membership can be found at cornwallcrickettrust.org.