Connecting Clubs are delighted to announce details of our first development programme, taking place in Biratnagar, Nepal. In February 2017 Connecting Clubs will travel to Nepal to undertake a cricket development programme, working with the local community to deliver lasting social value.
The programme will last just over two weeks, working with stakeholders from across the community, delivering coaching sessions, health and safety training and health and nutrition education. We will be working closely with local coaches to ensure that our programme is far-reaching, inclusive and beneficial beyond sport.
Our programme will be funded by our Connecting Clubs National Event Days, taking place throughout the summer of 2016. Today, we are proud to announce the very first CCI Event Day! For a day of celebrating cricket and the community, mark your calendars for:
Sunday 4th September 2016
This inaugural day will see cricket clubs up and down the country and across the continent taking part in our National Connecting Clubs T20 Day. Clubs from Brighton to Aberdeen, and everywhere in between, will join together in a day of fundraising both for their own club and our partner in Nepal. Together we will collectively support cricket in Biratnagar and help drive lasting social change in the wider community.
For more details about how you and your club can get involved please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and watch out for more details about two more exciting days of Connecting Clubs cricket action this summer.
It has been another busy couples of weeks at Connecting Clubs with lots of meetings and lots of promising stuff in the pipeline.
Our fundraising officer Charlie Wood has been working hard engaging with equipment suppliers to see how we can maximise our donations overseas. We aim to have a preferred supplier in place by the end of the month.
We are currently working out what the programme for our project in Nepal is going to look like. We know that sport has the ability to be a powerful message and we want to ensure that the money raised for Connecting Clubs is used to deliver a powerful and lasting programme in Nepal to ensure the community feel empowered and connected.
We are currently making it easy for you all to donate by showing you just what your money will deliver. Watch out for newsletters and calls for donations soon as they will demonstrate the value of a donation to Connecting Clubs
We hope to add at least five more clubs to our network over the next few weeks and these will be shared with you as soon as they are made official
A big thanks to our man in Nepal, Avi for sharing some great photos of the local community engaging with cricket.
Thanks for your continued support!
Angus Berry, founder of Connecting Clubs.
This week we are introducing a new feature to help communicate what Connecting Clubs is doing. Each week, we will provide a round up of the things that we have been doing with information on campaigns, projects and much more. Kicking off this week we are able to show you all our brand new logo!
Our new look has been designed and created by the very talent Paul Wells (@Scuzzfest). The logo highlights our commitment to global development and captures our vision. We are very thankful to Paul and his great work.
The new logo will now appear on all things Connecting Clubs and will underpin our work moving forward.
The number of clubs joining the Connecting Clubs network is growing with the University of Sussex Men's Cricket Club becoming the latest. We are speaking a number of clubs and we hope to be able to share a some with you by next week!
Our first project in Nepal; using cricket to help community development is still very much at the forefront of our minds. We are currently speaking with equipment suppliers to maximise the amount of gear we can get sent out to our club in Nepal. We are also speaking with our amazing representative Avi (@avi77np) about how we can further support cricket in Biratnagar.
We are currently exploring our next project with research currently taking place. We won't reveal too much just yet but think less bat and ball and more two wheels and you might see where we are going.
For more information about anything then please get in touch and most importantly, spread the Connecting Clubs message as widely as you can!!
Connecting Clubs is delighted to announce its first partnership of 2016. Starting on February 1st, Connecting Clubs and the University of Sussex Men’s Cricket Club will enter into a formal agreement that will see the team support the charity in the coming year. The club is one of the university’s most successful teams, with a long history of charity partnerships and we are delighted to be working with them in 2016. We expect a number of exciting events to take place down in Sussex and we look forward to taking down a team to battle against the boys in the summer.
2016 promises to be a successful year both for Connecting Clubs and the University of Sussex Men’s cricket club. Through this charity partnership we will foster relations between two ambitious and driven groups. Connecting Clubs is sure that we will both go above and beyond our expectations for 2016.
Founder, Connecting Clubs
True to our word, 2016 promises to be an exciting one for Connecting Clubs and our projects overseas. Having secured official charity status we are now looking to expand our operations and we can only do that with your help!
We have finally set up our donations platform, which can be found here on our website:
The old saying is true, no matter how much you can donate, big or small, it will all go towards helping communities develop through sport. This year will see regular updates from us and we will be revealing progress on our Nepal project soon! In the meantime, look out for an exciting partnership being announced tomorrow!
Once again, please consider donating to our cause and help us make communities stronger all over the globe.
We said that we had some great news to share and so here it is - we are an official charity! We received news that our application has been accepted by the charity commission and we are just awaiting the documentation and charity number to go alongside our status.
This fantastic news is the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people. We are indebted to a list of people too long for this post but who very much know who they are. Thank you to everyone that has supported us so far but this is just the start for Connecting Clubs.
There will be number of changes, improvements and expansions to Connecting Clubs in the coming weeks, months and years that will maximise what we can do and who we can help.
The hard work has only just begun and we are more than ready for the challenges ahead. We have said it before but we say it again: sport has the power to change people's lives, and here at Connecting Clubs we are ready to make that happen.
Thank you for your continued support!
Hello everyone. First of all thank you very much for your patience and continued support it hasn't gone unnoticed! The reason we have been quite lately is that the process of setting up a charity is a rather lengthy one!! We have been working hard behind the scenes to get everything in place so that we can maximise the good work that we can do.
So where are we now? We are putting into place a programme for the 2016 that will see us continue to partner clubs in the UK with those overseas. We are also in the process of capitalising on the current cricket off season to maximise the amount and quality of equipment that we will be able to send out to Nepal.
We are determined to make Connecting Clubs a success and we will be much more vocal from now on. Watch this space!!
Thanks you all,
The dust has settled on our launch match on Friday and we all wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone that made it happen. We are especially indebted to Potton Town CC for hosting the event and providing the setting for a wonderful evening. In doing so Potton has become our first Connected Club!!
A match played in great spirit coupled with our enthusiastic raffle ticket sellers and BBQ meant that our night was a success. We raised just over £640 with all of that money going towards our first project in Nepal. The money will go a long way towards our goal of supplying our club in Nepal with the equipment and expertise that will allow them to flourish.
Our crowdfunder is still going strong and if you were not able to make the event on Friday then please consider donating to our cause. The link can be found below:
Thank you for all of our support so far and stay tuned for some exciting developments coming in the next few weeks and months.
Photo Credit to Giles Carter
We have made the local news, twice. Thanks to the Biggleswade Chronicle for two articles promoting our event on Friday and telling the people of Bedfordshire a little bit about our work. You can find the articles here:
20/20 match launches overseas charity
Fundraising cricket match to help club in Nepal
After a lot of hard work and organisation Connecting Clubs will be launching this Friday! Potton Town CC will play host to a night to remember. A T20 cricket match will be played out at the Hollow accompanied by a BBQ, a raffle and, of course, a bar. With all the money raised going towards our first partnership with the Horizon Cricket Academy in Nepal, we hope for a bumper crowd.
Connecting Clubs has assembled an all star team of local players to join founder Angus Berry and trustee Thomas Fletcher in the charity's inaugural fixture. More details about the game can be found on Facebook.
Alongside the money raised at the game on Friday we have also arranged a crowdfunder to ensure that we raise as much money as we can to really get the ball rolling on our first project. Please check it out and, if you can, donate! We look forward to seeing you on Friday and will of course report back with a ball-by-ball account of the game.