HELP URLINGS CC BUILD A CLUB HOUSE
Urlings CC is a village cricket club in Antigua with a fantastic spirit, masses of natural youth talent and senior players and coaches with a wealth of national and international experience. What is missing are the facilities to bring it all together. A Cricket Club House will take Urlings CC to the next level, set new standards for cricket in Antigua and Barbuda and make all the difference.
Sir Andy Roberts is from Urlings Village. He was the first cricketer from Antigua to play Test cricket, a legendary fast bowler who also played first class cricket for Hampshire County CC and Leicestershire County CC. He said: “There's great local cricket talent in Urlings and surrounding villages. A club house will provide the much needed facilities, pride and focus to bring this talent through to the club and national level in Antigua and Barbuda."
(Scoreboard at Urlings CC)(Urlings cricket pitch where the kids practice non-stop!)
(Andy Roberts, Antigua, May 2015)
Can you make a donation and help make the Club House a reality for Urlings CC?
What facilities will the Club House have?
The Cricket Club House will include home and away changing rooms, toilets for teams and guests, a bar which will also generate consistent revenue for the club, a meeting room, trophy cabinet and storage space. It will also include an outside deck seating area that will blend into the shade of the giant Tamarind tree.
What the money is for?
Monies are needed for the building materials, fixtures and fittings. The club has access to a large number of local builders who have pledged to volunteer their time, skills and equipment to build the Club House.
About Kat Byles
Kat is an international PR and Creativity Consultant with over 20 years international experience working with entrepreneurs and global brands making a difference. This included 6 years as Global Communications Director for the Homeless World Cup where she was instrumental in growing the organisation from 20 to 70 nations benefiting 250,000 people to positively change their lives. She is chairwoman of Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation.
"I was lucky to be in Antigua for the cricket season in May and see Urlings CC play home and away several times. The spirit is fantastic! The pitch is scorched from the blazing sun. Caribbean music blasts over the tannoy for every four, six or wicket. The younger kids are the first to arrive and last to leave practicing their bowling non stop, often no shoes, no pads - raw talent. Locals meet for beers, chat and constant cricket commentary under the tamarind tree. The seniors have plenty of experience to share with the youth players having played for Antigua's national team, cricket overseas (England, Canada, US) and even Test cricket for West Indies. Humphrey Christian is the backbone who keeps all of this going on a voluntary basis. Trevor Erskine is the captain and loves cricket. Both have spent long periods of time playing cricket in England. This is grassroots sports at its finest. It would be great if we can add our support and show our love for West Indies cricket into that mix. I know that will make such a difference and give a real boost to the club."
Thank you and an Invitation
Urlings CC would like to say thank you for helping make the club house a reality and extend an invitation to you to visit if you are visiting Antigua. The cricket season iruns from January to July.
We are very happy to let you know that the cricket club house at Urlings CC is making steady progress.
The foundations are now in and blocks are going up. All labour is voluntary from the local community and cricket players who are doing a grand job.
We thought you might like to see a few photos of the vision we are working towards and the build in action.
Next, we are about to embark on the second phase of fundraising to bring this home and wanted to say a big thank you to you for helping us get this far.
1. We now have an architect, detailed plans completed with planning approval received from the DCA (planning body of Antigua).
2. We have broken ground! The building has been lined out and we have a community volunteer build day beginning early morning on Saturday 14 April.
3. Urlings CC are the grateful recipients of this years Sir Andy Roberts Community Sports Foundation funding, EC $10,000 for the Club House.
We are continuing to seek sponsorship for blocks, concrete, wood, paint and so on all the materials needed too so we will keep you up to date on the progress.
And we will share more photographs as the building starts to go up, that will make all the difference to begin to see it take shape.
Meanwhile the season has started and the kid's club starts back this Friday. Urlings CC is springing back to life after winter.
Thank you as always for your support.
What a great update to make! Jumby Bay, a luxury hotel in Antigua, has made a generous donation of $EC10,000 to the Urlings CC Club House build. The build can begin!
The last two matches for this season will be played at home at Urlings CC this weekend, against Freetown and St Paul's. The club's attention will then shift to the Club House build beginning with laying the foundations in July.
Meanwhile, we have started exploring twinning Urlings CC with Lansdown CC in Bath, the club that Sir Viv Richards first played for when he arrived in the UK in the 70's. He played here for two years to qualify to play for Somerset CC.
Today an aspiring young player from Antigua follows in his footsteps, arriving at Lansdown CC to play out the rest of the UK season with the senior team.
Kofi James, 19, plays for Antigua, Leeward Islands and was recently selected for a West Indies camp. This is wonderful international experience for him thanks to Martin Veal and the team at Lansdown. In return Lansdown has acquired a great batsman and bowler, also great in the outfield.
We are looking forward to seeing him play here in Bath and seeing what the future has in store for the twinning of Lansdown CC and Urlings CC, two clubs with great community spirits.
We are now well within reach of that total, almost touching! Here's to grassroots cricket development in Antigua.
We have some great news!
Urlings Cricket Club has proudly announced OJ’s Bar and Restaurant as their official sponsor following a generous $5,000 EC donation towards the Urlings Cricket Club House Fundraising Campaign.
Trevor Erskine, Captain, Urlings CC said: “OJ has been a longtime supporter of Urlings CC, generously giving funds for a scoreboard, practice net and kit every year. We are very proud to have OJ’s Bar and Restaurant as the official sponsor of Urlings CC and are all very grateful for his major contribution to the Club House.”
OJ, Owner of OJ’s Bar and Restaurant said: “We hope one of the young players from Urlings CC gets called up for Antigua and Barbuda, that one of the new female players gets called up for the West Indies Team in the future. If OJ’s Bar and Restaurant can support Antigua’s athletes of the future we will be very happy.”
If you are ever in Antigua go along to OJ’s Bar and Restaurant. It is our local on the beautiful Crab Hill beach and open 7 days a week from 10am, serving local seafood, call (268) 460-0184.
Another leap forwards!
P.S. On Sunday Urlings CC went through to the Final of The Curtly Ambrose Cup. They scored 210 for 8 to beat Pigotts who were all out for 80 runs. The final is against Freetown at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. May the force be with them for the Final.