Describe your project
Our cricket club is located in a stunning rural part of Warwickshire, with a small cricket pavilion and changing rooms that are currently off grid with no electricity. The project is to install two 2500 watt solar panels to provide power to the pavilion and to heat small amounts of hot water for the changing rooms.
How will your project benefit your local community?
This will make our cricket pavilion a better venue to host and provide refreshments for local players, their partners and families who wish to take up cricket. In addition, we want to set up a youth section that provides a healthy and vibrant sporting opportunity for children in the local community. We have had much interest expressed in this, and better facilities with reliable power will ensure we can provide a regular schedule of coaching and a comfortable environment for these young people. Our starting point for this is to approach the local schools to advertise new improved facilities and an offer of junior coaching.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Our club is run by volunteers and people from the neighbourhood, many of whom have grown up and gone to school in the nearby village of Temple Grafton. Support from the community is strong in that the club is well known in the vicinity, and the events run by our volunteers always get good support. However it is often difficult to get new members to join the club when they compare it with better equipped clubs. Therefore improving the facilities and image of the ground is part of our plan for growth.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
On top of the 50 current members, plus local regular local attendees to the games, we see a wide range of people in the local community and surrounds benefiting. Our estimates are that we could encourage 30-40 children into a junior section together with their ca. 80 new parents becoming regular new members of the club.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The money will be spent on the installation of two solar panels; estimated size is 2500 watts, to provide power to the club in the summer months April to October. This would include the purchase, installation and inspection paperwork to meet all local regulations.
When and why was your project founded?
Our project has been founded in 2019. Our club has a recent new chairman, who is driven to develop the club in an environmentally sustainable way to minimise its impact on the local environment, and build on the beautiful surroundings it is located in.