Thornton Cricket Club
A thriving, family, cricket club in the heart of Thornton Village in Bradford. Led by a committee of dedicated volunteers, we are always looking to keep helping the club progress, so that we can continue to create sporting and development opportunities for current and future generations within our local community.
Over the years, our club has gone from strength to strength from its origins as a local cricket club back in 1853 to a hub of sporting and social activities and a central point in Thornton Village. We now run four senior cricket teams and four junior teams with matches taking place as much as six days-a-week in full season. We also host and run several charity and fundraising events across the year with the club house and grounds being used for birthday parties, family fun-days, football matches, cycling events and an annual beer festival; making the club a real focal point for the local community.
We have over 100 active members, ranging from 5-year-old ‘All Stars’ players up to 80-year-old ‘life members’ who are all regularly involved in some shape or form, be it playing in matches, maintaining the club-house and grounds, or supporting our various social and fundraising events with their families.
We pride ourselves on maintaining the high quality of our ground and facilities and have worked hard to ensure that training equipment is looked after and our players feel proud to step out on our home pitch and represent Thornton Cricket Club.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The club itself is situated on quite an exposed site in Thornton, which can often mean that the weather has quite an impact on our pitch and clubhouse buildings. Whilst we have a keen and dedicated team of grounds-people and committee members, there’s only so much that regular maintenance and upkeep alone can achieve and we’re seeking funding to help us to replace our changing room doors and also invest in a new lawnmower.
Our changing rooms are used on an almost daily basis during peak cricket season with our players, and visiting teams, using them during matches and training sessions; and we also use them to store equipment and tools, particularly during the off-season.
Unfortunately, the wooden doors have now started to rot, impacting on the weatherproofing of that part of the clubhouse and meaning that the rooms aren’t really secure, as the doors could be broken down quite easily. Clearly, we’re keen to get these replaced as soon as we have the funds available, to make sure that we don’t see any longer-term structural damage and also to ensure that we can continue to offer a great welcome to both our own members and visiting teams.
Another very critical part of any successful cricket club is having a competition-worthy cricket pitch. We’ve got a small number of real experts when it comes to ground maintenance, but our current lawnmower is hampering their efforts at the moment. We’ve had our mower for several years, but it is now becoming less reliable and not really helping the team in their efforts in keeping the pitch in line with their high standards. We’re looking to invest in a new machine that will be much more reliable and help them to keep the pitch in really good shape.
It’s our hope that, if we’re successful in securing a Grassroots Giving award, we will be able to invest in building improvements and equipment that will enable us to continue to provide a competition-worthy cricket pitch and excellent club-house facilities for all members, guests and visiting teams for many years to come.
"“It’s our hope that, if we’re successful in securing a Grassroots Giving award, we will be able to invest in building improvements and equipment that will enable us to continue to provide a competition-worthy cricket pitch and excellent club-house facilities for all members, guests and visiting teams for many years to come.” - Mark Higgins, Thornton Cricket Club Chairman."