Lancaster Cricket and Sports Club
We are the largest multi-sport and social club in the area with bowls, cricket, tennis and ladies hockey playing opportunities along with junior winter football. We are developing important new local relationships & projects and 2018 has seen a strong growth phase with more sport and social functions than ever before.
Lancaster Cricket and Sports Club is the largest local sports club based near St George's Quay and three major new housing estates. We provide bowls, cricket, tennis, ladies hockey and junior football all at a high standard and social memberships for members of the immediate local community and beyond. We have a special social membership scheme for residents of the nearby Redrow, Barratt and Persimmon estates. Our cricket pitches are used during the autumn and winter by large numbers of junior football groups and from next winter also an adult football group. In addition Lancaster Ladies Hockey Club are a long standing section of the club however no longer play at the Lune Road site but use our clubhouse as an administrative and social base.
The clubhouse (pavilion) and bar are also hired out for a large number of functions throughout the year which include birthday parties, christenings, weddings and funeral wakes. Amongst the other regular activities in our bar are quizzes, bingo nights and domino evenings and we have major well attended events annually such as the Lancaster Bonfire Night celebrations. And this year the Club also hosted a major Lancaster & Morecambe AC 10k running race in April.
We therefore have a large range of users of all ages and levels of activity, throughout the year, well beyond the membership of the Club - from large numbers of young football players, cricketers and tennis players to a significant number of pensioners, especially in the bowling section and we are in discussions with locals about creating a pensioners’ walking football team.
We have always had an open access policy into our grounds to encourage use and visitors. Unfortunately this openness has its drawbacks. In recent years there has been numerous cases of vandalism and some damage done to our main clubhouse, as well as unwanted use of our grounds by groups of local youngsters.
We very much need good quality CCTV to monitor our premises, if possible including the bowls hut, tennis clubhouse and cricket pitches. We have previously had two units installed and they have been accessible and ripped down as two cases of the vandalism. This is very expensive and because all our utility bills have increased significantly in the last year, we are not able to afford to purchase another unit and place it in non-accessible areas. If we were able to secure the maximum £500 through the Skipton Grassroots Giving fund, this would be a very much appreciated contribution towards the cost of affording the protection the clubs’ members deserve. We have tried twice and failed, the extra funding will be used to position the cameras out of reach.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
As indicated above, the fund would be spent on a much needed CCTV system to cover the full range of Club premises and grounds. This would make all members and visitors feel more secure and would help the Club to monitor any illegal or unwanted use of our facilities. As mentioned above, a wide range of local groups and visitors, visit our Club well beyond our actual sports and social membership and they would welcome the further installation of CCTV. An estimate of the number of annual users and visitors is 2,000.
We are also sure that residents of houses in the immediate area, which includes Lune Road, Atherton Road and the new Redrow and Barratt housing estates, would also appreciate the installation of CCTV in the Club with its ability to identify local vandals and unwanted visitors.
The local police generally and the local PCSO are very keen for us to install this equipment since it would make their task of identifying vandals or other unwanted visitors much easier. They also feel that it would definitely discourage these youngsters from entering the grounds and premises if they worry about being identified.
"Thanks to the generosity of the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving Fund we were able to install a hi-tech CCTV system in non-accessible areas for vandalism ensuring a more stable and secure environment for our members and communities to enjoy to their full potential.
Brendan Hetherington Chairman of Lancaster Cricket and Sports Club"
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