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Darley Dale CC's New Pavilion

Darley Dale Pavilion

As our pavilion was in need of extension and renovation it was decided that to mark the Club’s 150TH anniversary, a major fundraising effort would be launched. The total cost of the project is c. £115,000. Support was dependent upon the club clearly evidencing that there is a compelling need, there will be positive outcomes, it represents good value for money and the project will be well managed and delivered. Of huge importance was the strong foundation laid via the Clubmark accreditation process and the help we were given by DCB. Going through that process got the club in shape. We built on that and we could demonstrate the club has good governance, is financially sound, capable of local fundraising, fully accredited and supported by its governing body.

Carefully research your funding sources, then apply and be prepared for disappointments but keep going. Our final funding cocktail is;

A grant of £50,000 from Sport England, Inspired Facilities Fund

An interest free loan of up to £30,000 from the England and Wales Cricket Trust

Club fundraising of £43,000 [a mixture of donations, gifts and loans in cash or kind from individuals and businesses].

It is also worth mentioning the club successfully applied to HMRC for to become a Community Amateur Sports Club [CASC]. This was a lengthy process but ultimately rewarding in that just like charities, the club benefits from gift aid donations, allowing the club to claim from HMRC 25p for every pound donated by individual taxpayers.

Sport England – Inspired Facilities Fund. This was the key to the project. The process is very thorough and our case officer was very   helpful in explaining the requirements and the great deal of supporting documentation. In order for us to have a clear grip on the costs we obtained planning permission and went out to tender prior to making the bid. This cost the club over £3500 but clubs should be prepared for this expenditure with no guarantee of success.

Progress The project is now on site and the contractor should finish around the end of February2014. Some of the work is being done by club members including stripping out, minor demolitions, tiling, painting and making good etc. This is necessary for a successful bid and is also good for club spirit in that members and supporters can rally round a worthwhile project. This has been assisted in the purchase of materials via the club’s participation in the Natwest Cricket Force/Jewson Privilege Scheme 

Andy Topley and Richard Johnson, Darley Dale CC

Alfreton CC - another good news story 

alfreton cc new pavilion

Alfreton Cricket Club Pavilion, built 1985, is the only community building in Alfreton Park. Although accessible and having a convenient edge of town location, Alfreton Park is under-utilised due to the lack of a focal point or base with welfare facilities. The Club facilities barely meet modern sporting governing body standards and provides little opportunity to extend usage to other groups but not for much longer as the club has raised the money to upgrade their facilities. The project will provide a building extension including Sport England compliant changing rooms and a community room for up to 75 people. The new facility will be open for use by other groups, schools and community hire all year round.

Grant funding from Sport England – Inspired Facilities is a major boost to help deliver this programme of healthy activities to benefit the whole local community.

Chris Slater - Chairman, Alfreton CC


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