It is with great pleasure that both clubs are able to issue this
joint statement regarding the imminent merger of the 2 clubs to form 1 new
club. Over the past few months, as many of you know, senior committee
members from both clubs have been meeting to work on a framework for a mutually
The fruit of these long meetings and extensive research carried
out by both parties is now ready to be savoured. Both Crowthorne and
Crown Wood enter into this with eyes wide open and a commitment to drive
enthusiasm, ideas and to forge a club spirit to drive the new club
forwards. This is a great move for both clubs and its members as we come
together to make 1 stronger club with its own home, thriving adult and junior
sections and lots of potential for the future.
Please have a read of this email and any of the links you feel
necessary to help understand what is happening.
general, recreational cricket participation has declined in recent years with
changing lifestyles and demands on people’s time. Clubs that stand still tend
to disappear. It’s that simple.
there are 2 club’s with complementary strengths and competencies, located very
close together competing for the same limited market of new players.
clubs have been in existence for around 30 years, offering friendly and
competitive standards of Cricket. In recent years, Crown Wood’s membership has
declined, whilst Crowthorne’s has grown
Wood have a well-established youth Section, ECB Clubmark accreditation and a
have an excellent administration base with high levels of player recruitment and
retention but without the presence of an underlying structure to ensure
sustainability in the mid to long-term.
clubs realise that long term sustainability in their current guise would not be
easy to say the least.
2. Purpose & Rationale for Merger:
create a solid sustainable club providing cricket for all ages and abilities
for the communities of Crowthorne and the surrounding areas
build on the success of Crown Wood’s youth section to provide Cricket to as
many young people in the local community as we can
build on the successful growth of Crowthorne’s adult section to provide a
variety of types of cricket to adults regardless of their ability.
develop a club that the community can be proud of and that plays an active role
in the community.
secure the long-term security of both existing clubs under the umbrella of the
new merged club.
3. Next Steps:
becomes “official” on 1 st Jan 2014
· AGM to
be called to launch new club within Jan or Feb
and social media to be changed to reflect new club
· PR and
recruitment drive to take place in Jan 2014
online merchandise store to be launched in time for new season
· A joint
committee to be elected at AGM
for 2014 eason underway with Leagues’ notified.
existing Crown Wood members into the Crowthorne website (which will be the
administrative centre of the new club)
4. Adult Provision:
· 3 x
Saturday Adult Teams
Sunday Adult Team
· 1 x
Midweek Adult Team
Social 5-a-side football
Outdoor Nets and Practice Social Events
5. Youth Provision
and development in a safe and controlled environment
Group cricket matches
Indoor League Summer Outdoor Nets and Practice
Home matches to be played at St Sebastian’s as well as Wellington Colleg
Indoor practice to be held at Wellington College & Eversley Indoor Cricket
Outdoor Nets and Practice to be held at Wellington College
Indoor Practice to be held at Eversley Indoor Cricket Centre
Home matches to be played at St Sebastian’s
Outdoor practice to be held at St Sebastian’s
7. Further Information
Agreement - Link will be on website shortly
of New Club - Link will be on website shortly
Registration Link http://crowthorneandcrownwoodcc.co.uk/register/default.aspx
(existing Crowthorne members need not register. Crown wood members will
need to register.
· Twitter account @crowscricket
or suggestions, please contact Jason Gibbings (07453
291540) or Andy Taylor (07799
038538) who will be happy to discuss any points you may have. There
is also a forum topic on the website for registered users.
Everyone involved in this merger can’t wait to get started and
start work on making ourselves a club we can all be proud of. We know we can
rely on everyone who receives this mail for their full support, especially in
the crucial early phase of integrating the 2 groups of members.
Crowthorne and Crown Wood Cricket Club.