Case Studies

Every donation, however large or small, will help ensure children, youth and people of every age and income have access to a local sports field and sports club

Alveley Cricket Club, Shropshire

A PFLF grant was awarded in April to aid the development of a second sports field for Alveley Cricket Club. After acquisition of the field and a ‘change of use’ process with the  local government work will begin for the new sports field to be laid in the new year. This impressive amateur club provides a platform for over 60 emerging juniors who are capable of making the step up to senior cricket. Furthermore, Alveley CC have proposed that in the future football and other fields sports may be played at the facility.

“Thank you very much for the grant, we look forward to actioning the work early next year.  Once again we really appreciate your support!” Richard Twigg, Alveley Cricket Club.

Claypole Football Club, Lincs.

Claypole needed help to fund the repositioning and development of their existing full size football pitch, in addition to building a whole new second adult sized pitch alongside it; thus enabling both junior and adult matches or practice sessions to play simultaneously. Both pitches run parallel to the train line and this repositioning will make the site safer, more usable and create more hours of play as well as attract other sports (like hockey) to be played on the new pitches. PFLF funding has been granted, and the site is now under development.

“We are delighted with PFLF’s funding to help us complete this very important project for our village, which has doubled in size in 30 years with no expansion of facilities for the community.  We look forward to the 2017 season kick off, to playing more junior & adult matches on two new full size pitches and welcoming other sports to be played in our village community.” John Freeman, Claypole FC

Whixley & District Community Cricket

Phoenix Juniors

The new pitch works to Rudgate Fields has included ground levelling and new grass seed planted at the end of September 2016. The new pitch has begun to grow and will be ready for the start of the 2017 season. This will result in fewer injuries, more junior players attracted to the club, more matches played and more practices. This will add an impressive 3000 hours more play time from this greatly improved site. This improvement will enable the field to be used throughout the season, it will attract more support and followers to the Whixley Cricket field. The upgraded facilities will be more sustainable and then others can come and play, with better turf we will get more use and more people will come from more organisations. This in turn will drive more revenue into the field to enable the community to manage the site more successfully. The field is now worthy of a new pavilion.

The funding from PFLF enabled the ground to be levelled and new grass seed and turf laid. This will be ready by Spring 2017 and more children will want to come and play at the site. The community is very excited about next season ahead.  Not only cricket, but other sports may now be considered here, it is a huge asset to the community, we will be able to attract lots more people and support. PFLF’s help has been invaluable, thank you. Not only have your funding enabled this  progress, but it has also  attracted other sources of financial support and we are a now on target to raise the final tranche of our funding target.

Richard Watson, Chair of Trustees, Whixley and District Community Cricket. Phoenix Juniors.

Sherston Magna Cricket Club

SherstonaIMG_7296-2 copySherston Magna CC is in a deeply rural area with limited cricket facilities, and so provides the cricketing focus for Sherston and 10 surrounding villages. It is currently home to a Saturday and Sunday side and a junior section with over 50 members (including an under-13 team), with plans to enter under-11 and under-15 teams into leagues. Although Sherston Magna has had junior section for many years it has limited practice facilities, which has thwarted their further development.

The club has also witnessed the demise of several cricket clubs in the local area. It has experienced a frustrating leak of talented 14–18 year olds and young adults either to clubs further away with better facilities or lost to the game altogether.

Sherston Magna CC was thus looking to purchase and install twin bay practice facilities incorporating batting and bowling ends with a heavy duty cage and netting structure. The addition of new facilities plus the recruitment of two new qualified coaches is expected to lead to a significant increase in numbers in the junior section.

PFLF granted the club £6,200 towards total project cost of £23,200.

Mottram Cricket Club

Mottram Cricket Club provides a safe, child-friendly cricket environment for the local community

MottramCCTameside Junior Schools Kwik Cricket Comp copyMottram CC was established in 1878 and is a thriving community cricket club for the Mottram & Hattersley area of Tameside. Over half of the 120-strong membership are under the age of 18, and there are five junior and four senior teams. The club works closely with Tameside Sports Trust and the Cheshire Cricket Board to provide a safe, effective and child-friendly cricket environment for local youngsters. An annual partnership with local junior schools means regular coaching is provided for boys and girls, and during the summer around 200 youngsters are involved. Mottram CC adjoins a large estate with a high proportion of social housing, which is acknowledged as being one of the most deprived wards in the country. Mottram CC works with Tameside Council, Hattersley Neighbourhood Partnership in addition to shoals to provide sporting opportunities for youth of all ages on the estate.

During the last three seasons in particular heavy rainfall has rendered the ground unfit for play, resulting in the cancellation of up to half of all matches and practice sessions.The drainage project will cost around £76K, and the £6K PFLF grant will fund the three initial elements of work: topographical survey, feasibility study, and design fees. Without this PFLF funding the project would not proceed.

When the project has been completed and the quality of the playing surface enhanced through the improved drainage it will genuinely improve the lives of local youngsters and residents and encourage the wider Tameside population to become more active through sport.

Ashley Cricket Club

Refurbishment of the cricket square at Ashley CC has been completed thanks to funding from PFLF

AshleyccThe club is”based just outside Altrincham, near to Tatton Park and runs over a dozen teams, from under-7s teams through to five senior sides and an over-40s team. Ashley CC has Clubmark accreditation and”is”a Community Amateur Sports Club, with all profits being re-invested back into the club. Having played on its current ground since 1890, Ashley CC hosts over 120 matches a year. However, the square has been in need of refurbishment for a number of years. Ashley CC’s local council, Cheshire East, provided £3,000 towards then£6,700 cost, and once that funding was secured the club approached the PFLF after taking advice from the Cheshire Cricket Board.

PFLF agreed funding of £2,700, and work started straight after the last game of the season. By October (six weeks after the work was carried out) the whole square was once again covered in grass. The contractors, Bancroft Amenities, will maintain the square for six months.The 2015 season starts in late April and the club is confident that the ground will continue to provide sporting opportunities for the whole community.

A New Playing Field Website and Newsletter

Working with the Steering Committee of the County Playing Field Associations, PFLF is funding the establishment of a website and e-newsletter that will be available to every voluntary group that runs and manages playing fields throughout the country. The website will provide information on all aspects of playing field maintenance, legislation, funding opportunities and schemes, helpful contacts and links, and opportunities for networking. The aim of both resources is to offer a platform for help and advice to the thousands of volunteers who dedicate so much time to ensuring that their communities have outdoor pitches on which to enjoy sport. It is hoped that by learning from each other’s experiences and having the support of a national resource, the playing field movement will continue to thrive, so that everyone, whether in the city or in the country, has the opportunity to play outdoor sport. It is intended that the resources will become self-funding within two years, through revenue from advertising.

A Dedicated Playing Field Association for a Major City

There are some 20,000 or so playing fields throughout the UK and these are used by more than 60,000 sports clubs. Most playing fields are owned by city councils and local authorities, but are run by volunteer groups. These authorities have historically paid to maintain the pitches and facilities, but they have no statutory obli-gation to do so, and funding is either being severely reduced, or withdrawn completely, as local authorities’ income comes under increasing pressure. Most of the volunteer-run groups now face a future with no finan-cial support, other than that which they can raise themselves. The County Playing Fields Association (CPFA) movement does provide advice and support to sports clubs and volunteer playing field management groups in specific regions, but outside London, major cities and regions not covered by the CPFA have no local or re-gional support.

Building on the successful models of the London Playing Fields Foundation and the CPFA, PFLF is working with the city council in one of our largest conurbations to establish a dedicated Playing Fields Association (PFA) for that city. With kickstart funding from PFLF the city council will employ a trained manager, who has the expertise to support hundreds of local sports clubs and voluntary playing field management groups, to offer knowhow on pitch maintenance and other issues associated with running playing fields, and to give on-the-spot advice on applying for funding from national sporting bodies and other major grant-giving organisa-tions, and on securing sponsorship from local businesses.

Trubshaw Cross, Ladsandads

The Trubshaw site is in desperate need of security fencing and a new roof

TrubshawPFLF has awarded Trubshaw Cross Ladsandads in Stoke -on-Trent a £2,245 grant to help fund the erection of boundary security fencing around their playing fields and clubhouse, and also to carry out much needed roof repairs. The club provides football training, and holds matches, tournaments and athletics/sports days for hundreds of boys and girls. The site is also used by two local schools for PE during the academic year., and for school summer sports activities.

The Trubshaw site serves the local community and the area north of Stoke-on-Trent, which is a very deprived inner city region. The facilities have been subject to multiple bouts of vandalism over a number of years, which discourages people from using the grounds. Erecting security fencing and carrying out roof repairs will bring the club back into full use. The PFLF grant will be used to unlock a larger, £22,452.00 grant from the Lafarge landfill tax fund.

South Elmsall, near Wakefield

Frickley Park, South Elmsall, where three new community pitches will benefit nine sports clubs

South-ElmsallSouth Elmsall Town Council has been awarded £4,914 in PFLF funding in support of a project to develop three new grass pitches at Frickley Country Park, which has been created through reclamation of the former Frickley Colliery. The Frickley initiative includes constructing a mini-soccer pitch, as well as two 11-a-side pitches, which will allow the creation of new junior and youth football teams, and will engage more volunteers in sport. The South Elmsall Ward is one of the most deprived areas of Wakefield, yet had no community-accessible pitches. The PFLF grant has unlocked a £49,914 grant from Sport England. The pitches will be ready for the 2014/2015 season.