Free Cricket for all at Pencarrow
Following the ECB's work on breaking down the barriers to people playing cricket, Pencarrow are making a bold step this season to make cricket even more accessible.
For this season Pencarrow are offering free cricket for all members, no match fees, no membership - and for those considering making a move to Pencarrow but consider transport costs a barrier, we'll be looking at ways to subsidise this.
Player retention and encouraging new players to the club are the main priorities for Pencarrow. Over the last five years we've been making great strides in improving the ground, the social scene, setting up youth training and investing in the equipment needed to make this all happen.
Like many clubs in Cornwall, player retention is becoming a top priority with players leaving the game due to demanding priorities. We're making a bold step by offering free cricket this season.
We're hoping to attract new players who have been considering playing but have previously seen cost as a barrier or those wanting a change of scenery, seeing the ground and setting as an important factor when choosing a club or those who are keen to be part of a real community, family-friendly focused cricket club.
If you'd like to join us in 2016 then please get in touch. We very much look forward to welcoming you.
Why not join our pre season training session being held at Brannel School, 7.30 - 9.15pm on the 23rd Feb, 8th Mar, 22nd Mar, 29th Mar, 5th Apr and 12th Apr.
Crowdfunder...We did it!
Just a month ago we were really excited to see the launch of the Pencarrow Cricket Club Crowdfunder campaign. We pulled together a proposal to support us in creating the best ground around. At the time we expressed the importance of getting the whole community behind our project. As well as the prospect of funding we were excited by the opportunity to get our cricket club on the map, to raise awareness of cricket locally and to show people how they could get involved.
We had some great rewards, which helped with our fundraising efforts. Retallack Resort supplying vouchers for their award winning restaurant, Kalibazar providing a limited edition playing shirt, local potter Barnaby Jackson offering hand made pots, Mr and Mrs Rowe putting on a French Dining experience and Somerset Cricket Club providing tickets for a cricket match.
With just under a week to spare we're delighted to say that we've reached our goal to raise £3000. We are astounded by the belief that people have shown in our project as well as their generosity. We received pledges from our members, long distance supporters, from individuals who were motivated by our project but not connected. We received large pledges and small pledges and have been genuinely taken aback by the generosity of some local businesses, namely Inacoustic, Clean Earth Energy, Bridge Balloons and St Mabyn Inn. Inacoustic in particular promoted our project and got the ball rolling during the early stages, which was so important. These businesses have been real champions and without their support we'd have never achieved our ambition.
Through the help of Crowdfunder, the Cornwall Cricket Board and all our supporters we are now one step closer in our ambition to create the best ground around and get our club into a sustainable position.
Sami Mauger, Campaigns Manager at Crowdfundercommented: "Huge congratulations from the Crowdfunderteam. This project shows just what can happen when a local sporting community comes together - and we hope that this is just the start of many Cornwall Cricket clubs crowdfunding to bring sport closer to the people it serves."
Joe Skinner, Cricket Development Manager from Cornwall Cricket Board commented: Its fantastic news and well done Pencarrow CC and their community, especially the people directly behind the project. It goes to show with some enthusiasm and drive, you can achieve your plans. Looking forward to seeing the new roller in action and some big scores!”
Creating the best ground around
Pencarrow Cricket Club launch Crowdfunder campaign for The Best Ground Around!
Pencarrow CC have launched an innovative Crowdfunder project thanks to a new regional campaign to support cricket across Cornwall with Crowdfunder and the Cornwall Cricket Board.
As part of the Cornwall Cricket Crowdfunder campaign, Pencarrow Cricket Club are looking to raise £3000 to fund a new roller - an expensive piece of kit that will ensure that the club has “the best ground around” for people who want to play great cricket.
Oliver Sleeman, from Pencarrow cricket Club commented on the launch of their crowdfunding project: "Wow, what an exciting opportunity to get our cricket club on the map! We're excited to launch our Crowdfunder campaign. It's really important for the club that the whole community gets behind us on this - to not only raise funds, but also awareness of cricket locally and how people can get involved.
"We are a real grass-roots club, with a real ambition to serve up brilliant cricket for our community - about four years ago we made a make or break decision to get our club into a sustainable position. Given our rural location we knew we had to offer something different to attract new members. We don't have schools on our doorstep, or a flashy clubhouse to get us noticed...but we do have unique surroundings. We decided that our appeal would be our ground. For those that have seen the film Field of Dreams, you'll be familiar with the quote "build it and they will come". Over the last few years we've pilled energy into improving our ground with a firm belief that people want to play cricket on the best ground around. It's worked so far, with three successive promotions and this year we've introduced a second team, we've even got youth coaching planned in the coming months.
"We've got the passion and dedication, but in order to create a first class playing facility we need the tools for the job! Our roller - that makes the pitch look great is clapped out and for big purchases like this we're reliant on grants and fundraising initiatives. This is where Crowdfunder comes in. Help us continue our ambition to create the best ground around by pledging on our project so we can replace this vital piece of kit. Your support means everything”.
Sami Mauger, head campaigns coach at Crowdfunder added: “This crowdfunding project is really important - not only to Pencarrow, but also to us here at Crowdfunder as the team are one of the first cricket clubs to take up the opportunity of crowdfunding as a part of our Cornwall Cricket campaign with the Cornwall Cricket Board. “As Oliver said, it’s not just about raising funds, it’s about raising awareness of the importance of cricket in the community and to drive engagement and more participation on the sport across the region - we wish Oliver and his team the very best of luck with their great fundraising project!”
For more information on the Cornwall Cricket campaign visit: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/campaign/cornwall-cricket
To support, pledge and share the Pencarrow Cricket Club project visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pencarrowcricketclub
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Join the conversation online with @CornwallCricket @PencarrowArrows @CFCornwall #GetTheGameOn and follow on Facebook:
For more information contact:
Jess Ratty, Crowdfunder, 07789102402
or Oli Sleeman, Pencarrow Cricket Club on 07970507109
Clubs set for NatWest CricketForce 2015
Over 2000 cricket clubs have already registered to take part in the annual three-day event, which will see their facilities rejuvenated and prepared ahead of the new season.
Entering its 14th year, tens of thousands of players, members and volunteers will come together to help give back to clubs across England and Wales during the weekend. Club projects range from simple paint jobs and sight-screen cleaning to brand new changing rooms, function rooms and new pavilions
Clubs can sign up and get further information about NatWest CricketForce at www.ecb.co.uk/nwcf.
As part of NatWest CricketForce the ECB has been able to support two Cornish clubs with brand new digital scoreboards for the upcoming season. The backing has come from the ECB’s Association of Cricket Official’s (ECB ACO) who represent Scorers and Umpires.
Both Grampound Road CC and Pencarrow CC, based in Cornwall, had been actively fundraising with the ECB ACO supporting them in upgrading to a fifteen digit scoreboard. ECB ACO Members will also support Bovey Tracey CC (Devon), Handsworth Cricket Club (West Midlands) and Newent Cricket Club (Gloucestershire) who have all had ongoing projects related to scorers and officials.
Pencarrow Cricket Club
Pencarrow CC is a history rich community club working towards a sustainable future recognising a need to grow and develop in order to compete with larger surrounding clubs.
In previous years, Pencarrow have seen club house renovations, the creation of a patio area, improvements to the outfield and wicket and, this year, an installation of a new electronic scoreboard, supported by NWCF and ECB ACO.
1st XI Skipper Oliver Sleeman said "This is such a timely addition given our recent successes. Our existing scoreboard setup is out of the Ark - very dated, tired and no longer adequate. In partnership with NatWest CricketForce, Pencarrow Cricket Club has been able to significantly improve the scorer’s facilities and in turn further increase the appeal of the club".
Pencarrow CC aims to erect the scoreboard and complete many other jobs around the ground on Saturday 28th March.
Grampound Road Cricket Club
Grampound Road CC is thriving club in a small village in the centre of Cornwall, close to both Truro and St. Austell.
In the early days, Grampound Road’s two sides played on the local village playing field. The playing field was at maximum capacity with two teams, growth to a third eleven couldn’t be accommodated. In 2014, after consultation with the local council, a new the pavilion was built and formally opened by patron Sir Tim Rice during a match against the MCC. The pavilion has become the focal point of the village, and enabled the club to grow to four senior teams, a women and girls’ team and one or two sides at varying age groups.
Project lead David Dane said: “We are thrilled to have been presented with a new digital scoreboard in conjunction with the NatWest CricketForce. This will be used on our second ground and will be particularly warmly received by the scorers (and players) of our 3rd and 4th elevens, our youth teams and our ladies who use the ground. We have always supported the NatWest CricketForce but the presentation of this scoreboard, the attendance of ECB ACO members; will give us all a huge boost. We look forward to it very much.”
NatWest have been the lead supporter of CricketForce since 2005, providing staff and resource at clubs nationwide across the weekend.
Mike Gatting, ECB Cricket Partnership Ambassador, said: “Year-on-year NatWest CricketForce continues to inspire and grow - we’re hoping for a record-breaking year. All clubs can benefit from a range of discounts on equipment through ECB partnerships with suppliers.
“The initiative is a proven way to attract new members and engage with the wider local community and businesses. Cricket clubs are the essence of our great sport and it’s vital we rally to support them.”
Lee Bailey, NatWest sponsorship manager, added: “NatWest CricketForce is a fantastic initiative that we are extremely proud of. It helps us connect our branches with the communities in which they are based and demonstrates our contribution to developing cricket in this country.
“I can’t wait to see some of the work that comes out of the weekend, not only from the hundreds of volunteers, players and community members but also from the NatWest staff who will be rolling up their sleeves to help out.
“One of the great things about NatWest CricketForce is that you can see the benefits happening in front of your very eyes, so with all the superb support and commitment devoted to the initiative we can create a lasting cricket legacy.”
Into the future with Natwest Cricket Force
Pencarrow Cricket Club is undertaking another big project for Natwest Cricket Force 2015. Previous years have seen club house renovations, the creation of a patio area, improvements to the outfield and wicket and this year we're very excited to install a new electronic scoreboard with the support of the ECB.
1st XI Skipper Oliver Sleeman said "This is such a timely addition given our recent successes. Our existing scoreboard setup is out of the Ark...very dated, tired no longer adequate. In partnership with Natwest Cricket Force, Pencarrow Cricket Club has been able to make significant improvements, further increasing the appeal of the club".
PencarrowCC is a community club working towards a sustainable future. It has a lot of history, something we are very proud of, but we also recognise a need to develop and grow to compete with the larger surrounding clubs. Over the last 4 years we have achieved a number of milestones, which have included improving the ground, gaining multiple promotions and now we focus on introducing a 2nd team.
NWCF 2015 helps Pencarrow make further advances and marks the start of the summer campaign. It encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give back to their local cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovation work in club houses and grounds, typically over a specific weekend before the season starts.
Pencarrow CC will be holding their Natwest Cricket Force day on Saturday 28th March starting from 10am at the PCG. There will be lots of jobs to complete around the ground and we may even be offering up a hearty stew to volunteers on the day.
We look forward to welcoming the ECB on the day and also extend our thanks to Jan the Battery Man, ABRW Associates Limited, the Cornwall Shed Company and kind supporters who have made this project possible.
Natwest Cricket Force is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating cricket facilities throughout England and Wales.
Fitness & Fielding...and perhaps some tyre rolling and mud.
We'll be running a light hearted, fun programme of 'Fitness & Fielding' sessions at the PCG in the lead up to the start of the 2015 season. Led by our resident fitness guru, we'll be delivering a series of circuit training activities and fielding drills. Feel free to come along. First session will take place on 1st March 10.30-11.30am at Pencarrow Cricket Club. Watch this space for more info.
Building on success
This season Pencarrow Cricket Club are looking to build on their two successive promotions and are already moving in the right direction after securing sponsorship deals to support their 2014 campaign. Both Modus Utilities Ltd and M&M Contractors Ltd have made generous contributions this year to support the purchase of club kit and additional coaching equipment.
Both organisations have commented on the significant contribution that grass roots clubs make to the local community. Over the last few years Pencarrow Cricket Club has been delivering a 5 year plan to create a sustainable future. This year further strides are being made to introduce more opportunity for youth cricket. Investment in additional coaching qualifications, training equipment and youth kit would not have been possible without the generous contribution from these business sponsors and also the local council's community grant scheme.
Pencarrow are keen to welcome new members, regardless of age or ability. We will running weekly training sessions at Bodmin College every Friday (7.30-9pm) from 28th February to 11th April inclusive, please feel free to come along and #joinus.
Pencarrow Cricket Club, playing in the Cornwall Cricket League on the grounds of the Pencarrow House Estate near Bodmin. One of the finest cricket settings in the county.
New signings ahead of the 2015 Campaign
Pencarrow Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of a number of new players ahead of the 2015 season. These players will add tremendous value to the squad.
We'd like to welcome Scott Barrott, a fast paced, seam up bowler and talented batsman. Scott has premier league cricket experience in Cornwall and is looking to utilise this to get Pencarrow in the promotion mix.
Chris Wallbank, a cricketing all rounder, strong batsman and medium paced bowler, Chris will no doubt make his presence known on the field.
Angus Wilson, an athletic wicket keeper/batsman. Another young gun to add to the Pencarrow talent. Angus is new to Cornwall cricket and is relishing the challenge.
All at Pencarrow Cricket Club are delighted that Scott, Chris and Angus decided to make the move and very much look forward to seeing them do well.
But it doesn't stop here - there are a few more prospects on the horizon as Pencarrow lookout for players, both to support its 2nd XI relaunch as well as adding to the 1st XI squad to better its chances in Division 2 East.
If you fancy joining us to take part in the 2015 campaign please do get in touch.
Following a successful few years we are looking for players, supporters, grounds staff and basically anyone who is keen to help us in developing our club.
Whether you are a novice or seasoned pro we'd be delighted to hear from you.
We're very welcoming so why not get in touch.
In 2013 Pencarrow Cricket Club kick started its five year development plan
Pencarrow Cricket Club (PCC) kick starts its five year development plan thanks to a number of successful projects supported by Sports England, the Co-operative Community Fund and Natwest Cricket Force.
PCC aims to enhance, grow and sustain village cricket played at the estate ground by dramatically improving the pitch and facilities to increase its membership and the amount of cricket played at the club.
Making dramatic improvements to the ground will open up more sporting opportunities for people and this has been made possible by a grant from Sport England, which will support our project to improve the outfield; funding from the Co-operative Community Fund, which is being used to purchase new equipment to maintain the wicket and in partnership with Natwest Cricket Force and the Build Center, Pencarrow Cricket Club has been able to make improvements to the club house.
PCC Project Manager Oliver Sleeman commented, “We recognise that to enhance, grow and sustain cricket at Pencarrow we need to make some improvements. People with an interest in any sport want to play using the best facilities possible – that’s why we are targeting our efforts to invest in better equipment and enhance our approach to ground renovation and on-going maintenance. We’re delighted that our ambitions have been well received by funding organisations who also share our ambition to provide the best facilities possible for a village cricket club”.
Stuart Ellis, Club Captain, said, “Pencarrow CC is a strong community club but we’re always looking to attract more members. Our five year development plan aims to deliver positive results to enhance our facilities and give more people the opportunity to play village cricket at one of the finest cricket settings in the county”.
Andrew Hanson, Sport England’s Regional Lead for the South West, said “If community sports clubs want to attract and retain participants, they need to be able to offer quality facilities for everyone. The improvements to Pencarrow Cricket Club’s facilities will be welcomed by regular users and those who are new to cricket.”
Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
Paul Bassett from local solicitors firm and club sponsor AP Bassett Solicitors presented the clubs newly arrived kit at the clubs Natwest Cricket Force day
Out in Force at the PCG
Pencarrow CC Cricket Force clean-up day at the PCG proved a successful and enjoyable experience. The clubhouse was cleaned thoroughly and painted inside and out, the covers were assembled and vital work was completed on the square. The players were in high spirits with the season fast approaching. Check out our gallery for more pictures taken on the day.
PCC secures sponsorship deal - January 2012
Village cricket club Pencarrow was given a major confidence boost as local law firm, AP Bassett Solicitors, agreed a sponsorship deal for the forthcoming 2012 season.
The sponsorship will support the purchase of the 2012 kit, which includes a revamped logo and a new take on the maroon club colours. It is also ‘a shot in the arm’ to help kick start the clubs 5 year development plan, with ambitions to increase participation in the great game and rejuvenate the village sides playing facilities.
"This is excellent news for all supporters and players of Pencarrow Cricket Club and a further lift to our five year development campaign to dramatically improve the ground and increase membership”, Oliver Sleeman, who is instigating a fresh approach to the club’s development, said. “We are delighted that they have joined us in our mission to improve the ground and facilities and engender a sense of team spirit and community at the club”.
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Pencarrow Cricket Club exists to provide the facilities and organisation to allow all members of the outlying villages and surrounding area the chance to enjoy village cricket. Club membership is open to all. We seek to attract players of all ages and abilities in order to share enjoyment of village cricket, encourage and nurture new talent and engender a sense of team spirit and community.