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Hollingworth Hopes To Boost Funds
Thursday 7th July 2016 @ 11:44 by Mark Phillip

By Adam Higgins:

With a huge reliance on volunteers and money from fundraisers, village cricket clubs are experiencing tough times just to stay afloat.

Like many people and businesses, a number of clubs across Glossop and Tameside are struggling to make ends meet on a low budget.

Hollingworth Cricket Club, who celebrated their 125th anniversary last year, are aiming to improve facilities and expand their pool of coaches but, with few sources of income, this has proven extremely difficult.

Speaking to the Chronicle, chairman Peter Morris gave an insight into the running of a local cricket club and the ongoing obstacles they face to survive.

He said: “Our only sources of income are match fees, fundraising events and some donations from the club’s friends – so to survive we need to raise at least £6,000 per annum, and whatever else we want for club developments, from fundraising activities.

“Our main costs are in relation to maintaining the ground and pavilion, insurance, league fees, cricket equipment and match balls.

“We have two senior teams and four junior teams. To keep the club going we have a small number of very committed volunteers.

“This is the same for many clubs and maintaining and increasing the number of helpers is vital to our future. Continuous fundraising is also vital to our future, particularly given our need to renovate or replace our current club house.

“A small contribution to our annual running costs would greatly increase the stability of our club – we have very little money in the bank and any unexpected costs cause problems.”

The club are holding their annual Summer Ball at Peruga restaurant tomorrow evening (Friday) and a duck race at Roaches Lock on August 28.