THE CRICKET SOCIETY TRUST 

 

For over half a century the Cricket Society has had a charitable arm.

 

In the early days it concerned itself with providing cricket equipment to organisations across the world where the game was in its infancy in that particular location.

 

It was decided to formulate a Charitable Trust, which was independent from the Cricket Society but retaining strong links with its members. In December 1992 formal Charity Status was approved.

 

New objectives were agreed with the emphasis on providing financial support, training and education to groups of youngsters with special needs be they physical shortcomings or learning difficulties.

 

Specifically, for in excess of ten years the Trust has arranged for parties of children from inner-city boroughs in London to spend a day or two at Arundel Park with the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, Sussex under the tutorage of John Barclay and his team. This has shown to be a very significant factor in the development of these children. 

 

Also, The Cricket Society Trust has for the last six years forged a link with the Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust which has similar objectives to Arundel.  Darren Bicknell (ex England A, Nottinghamshire and Surrey) is the Director of Cricket there. The BCCT is helping to spread cricket throughout all Primary Schools in the East Midlands which border on the Belvoir estate.   

 

Also, the Fred Trueman State Schools Cricket League was established in 2005 and has grown rapidly. The League exists to promote cricket in state schools throughout the country. Starting in the Huntingdonshire area within ten years the League has now expanded into Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The League is supported by the ECB and by MCC. The Cricket Society Trust has been very supportive of the project as it has allowed many schools to enjoy competitive cricket at local level and within different age groups.  The Trust hopes that by assisting it will allow many youngsters to develop skills which without the League structure would never surface and mature.

 

Aside from its work with Children with Special Needs, the Trust has helped British Blind Sport, Cricket Federation for People with Disabilities as well as able bodied groups for young people.

 

The Trust's principal aim is to raise funds which will enable a range of youngsters to appreciate, understand, enjoy and love the game of cricket at every level of involvement. This can be through physical participation or by watching and listening.

 

Recent fund raising events have included successful raffles together with a charity cricket match at Arundel between the Cricket Society XI and The Cricket Society’s President’s XI and a reception with David Gower in conversation with the Trust’s President Isabelle Duncan.

 

 OUR OBJECTIVES

 

·         Encouraging the Young

·         Helping the Disadvantaged

·         Supporting the Disabled

·         Providing for the Deprived

·         Maximising the Enjoyment

 

Cricket - a sport for everyone to love, watch and play

 

Testimonials

 

The support which The Cricket Society Trust has given us over the years knows no bounds and we are forever grateful. Thousands of children with special needs have benefitted from the joy of visiting Arundel on very unique days in their lives, which has been due to the support of the Cricket Society Trust.”

 

John Barclay, Director, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation

 

 

“We have been very fortunate to have had funding for our Teach Cricket Programme from the Cricket Society Trust for the last 5 years. This funding has allowed us to deliver the programme and importantly to us, their continued support has allowed us to plan for future years which have given us a continuity of delivery.  It is right to mention that since 2011 over 32 different schools have been visited and over 790 children have benefited from our project.”

 

Darren Bicknell, Chief Executive, Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust

 

 

"May I on behalf of the Committee thank the Cricket Society Trust for a  further donation of £1,000.  The money will go towards establishing the League in Bedfordshire, where 30 more schools have signed up.”

 

Geoff Hastings, Chairman, Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League

 

 

The role of the Trustees is to organise events and functions which will raise funds. This is done through Dinners, Lunches, Receptions, Prize Draws, Cricket Matches or any other means whereby money can be raised effectively and efficiently.

 

Trustees meet regularly to organise the distribution of funds in accordance with the Constitution of The Trust.

 

 

Registered Charity No 1017194

 

 

You can donate on line - please visit our fund raising page.