ONE of the oldest multi sports and social clubs in the North West is in a race against time to raise money for new Indoor School facilities.
Southport and Birkdale Sports Club, known locally as S&B, has been hosting a variety of sports for men, women and children of all ages since 1859.
They have launched a crowdfunding appeal through Spacehive to help them to realise their ambition of making improvements at its Indoor School, which is more than 80 years old – and they say that new facilities would not only benefit club members but also local schools, and the wider Southport community as well.
Chairman Andrew Carney said: “We are currently raising funds for our Indoor School Facilities. Unlike other campaigns the concept here is to target a large number of people for a small donation. Click on this link to find out more at https://is.gd/i0n3bd. Please help us to make this happen. Any small donation will help a lot!”
So far the appeal has raised £6,570 with 60 backers. But they need to raise £8,395 and have just days left to get there.
Originally a cricket club dating back to 1859, Southport & Birkdale Sports Club has continued to grow over the years with hockey, tennis, squash and snooker all being played at Trafalgar Road. S&B recently applied for £3,000 funding from the fourth round of Sefton Council’s Sefton Crowd fund for its indoor facilities. They have been granted £750.
The club is now appealing for local people to help them reach their fundraising target. Funds will go towards carrying out further improvements to the S&B indoor cricket school, including new flooring, netting, and bowling machines. Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club is a local community club providing the opportunity for Minis, Juniors, Ladies and Mens cricket. They have 50 juniors, 50 Senior Men and 20 Ladies players. The Indoor School is approximately six metres wide and 30 metres long and has one practice cricket lane in it. It is made of brick and a corrugated roof and is over 80 years old.
In 2019 the club raised funds from various events and invested £7,000 in repairing the building with new lights and a new insulated roof. A team of volunteers spent six weekends cleaning, tidying and painting the indoor walls floors and roof to make the facility useable. Despite these improvements to the indoor school, the club has a 15 year old bowling machine, 10 year old safety netting and 10 year old artificial matting. They therefore require two new bowling machines, new artificial matting and underlay, and new surround safety netting.
S&B has been in direct contact with junior schools in Southport - St Philips, Our Lady of Lourdes and Farnborough Road, Christ the King, Birkdale High School, and Scarisbrick Hall School and local cricket clubs who will all participate in using the facility along with local cricket clubs.
This facility will give the club the ability to reach out into the community and engage with schools and clubs to attract players from all ages and backgrounds.
It will enable the club to provide an enjoyable experience while learning and developing the skills required to play the game of cricket. This will be an all year round facility with maximum usage expected. The facility will enable more people to become involved in physical activity.
Funds pledged from Sefton Crowd so far inlcude:
The Atkinson Development Trust - Empower Our Flowers - £350
Friends of Maghull and District - Stafford Moreton Way Wildflower Meadow - £1,500
Friends of Kings Gardens - Tools for the Garden - £200
Birkdale Community Hub and Library - Computers in the Community - £2,810
Southport Model Railway Society - Restoration of original station - £500
Friends of Maghull and District - Woodend Community Woodland Project - £2,500
Me, Myself and Ideas CIC - Connect Sefton Through Digital Training - £500
Bootle Action Group - Greening Bootle - £500
Waterloo Sunrise CIC - Virtual Waterloo Fest 2020 - £2,000
Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club - Indoor School Facilities - £750