Abbots Langley Cricket Club (ALCC) have managed to raise more than £5,000 to go towards their facilities.
The club, which is based at Manor House Grounds, Gallows Hill Lane, started a crowdfunding page at the start of summer and asked the local community to chip in “to ensure we can recover as a safer, stronger and better club” following the pandemic.
The catch was that at least £5,000 had to be raised by August 20 in order for project to be funded.
Luckily, ALCC received more than £5,400-worth of donations, for which they were extremely grateful.
The club have outlined three key areas the money will be used in: the continued development and upgrade of facilities at Manor House Grounds, the continued development of Junior cricket at ALCC and to support their new initiatives for 2021 of women’s and girls’ cricket.
The volunteer-run club currently have nearly 250 members.
they field 11 teams, including two dedicated girls teams, their women’s section, boys and men’s Teams.
They also run the ECB All Stars programme for boys and girls aged five to eight and the Dynamos programme, new this year for eight to 12-year-olds.
ALCC have signed up a record 147 juniors from over 80 local families to participate in these programmes.
In their explanation of why the club needed the community’s help, ALCC said: “In order to make sure we retain these new recruits and talent for our future, we need to invest in our run-down facilities and ensure we have enough and new equipment for our juniors to use.
“Upgrading our facilities will mean we can keep encouraging these record numbers into trying our sport for the first time. Anticipated costs are £40,000, so your generosity will be really important.”