FOLLOWING their best season ever, Clumber Park Cricket Club are padding up to face a huge off-field challenge.
Park secured no less than six trophies in 2012, with four league titles among those, and now their attention has turned to two key projects.
Along with developing a junior cricket academy, Clumber want to raise a whopping £250,000 for a brand new pavilion.
Club chairman Michael Beard spoke to the Guardian about the club’s plans to build a new base at the National Trust park, in order to progress in the Bassetlaw League.
He said: “Our current 100-year-old listed pavilion is beautiful but no longer practical, and does not meet the needs of a modern cricket club.”
“In fact the Bassetlaw League will not allow our first XI to progress until this is improved.”
“We are engaged in talks with our landlords, The National Trust, who have given their outline consent to us building a new pavilion fit for a social and playing hub for the next 100 years.”
“We are embarking on the fundraising for this now and expect to have to raise at least £250,000.”
The new pavilion will also be home for a new generation of Clumber Park cricketers.
Beard outlined the club’s goal of producing increased numbers of talented local youngsters.
“We’re about to embark on the final phase of this key project, developing a junior cricket academy.”
“The aim is to improve the focus and time spent on individual young players, introducing them into senior cricket at the right level with the correct skills and confidence.”
“We are looking to recruit new young players for 2013 aged from eight to 18.”
The chairman added that 2012 had been the club’s most successful season, and said he was proud of all the achievements at various levels.
The third team were crowned Division Seven champions, adding to league titles won by the club’s Under 17s, Under 15s and Under 11s.
He said: “The trophies have been achieved without the help of paid professionals and the ethos of developing our own, home grown talent, is starting to shine through and can be seen in the results.”
l CLUMBER Park are looking for volunteers, fundraisers and contributors to their pavilion plans. Contact Michael Beard on 01777 872727 or 07855 420485 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org