A CRICKET club has been bowled over by support for a novel fundraising idea set to hit the economic downturn for six.
The idea has already raised more than £1,000 for Papplewick And Linby, the Dispatch district’s highest-ranked club, and could even pull in as much as £2,500 — before a single ball has been delivered in the 2011 season.
It is the brainchild of the club’s new fundraising co-ordinator, Graeme Roberts, and revolves around a common-or-garden raffle.
Instead of begging local businesses for sponsorship money, Papplewick have asked them to pay just £25 to buy a ticket for the raffle.
And the prize will be full sponsorship of the club for the entire summer, complete with company name and logo on all kit, merchandise and an advertising board at the club’s Papplewick Hall ground.
“We have sent out about 200 letters and lots of people have said what a good idea it is,” says Roberts (25), who is also a key player at Papplewick.
“Asking businesses to fork out hundreds of pounds in sponsorship is difficult in the current financial climate. But they are happy to give a small amount.
“Even those who don’t win will be invited to a Sponsors’ Day at the ground, with free drinks and a buffet. They will also receive a thankyou letter and their names will go on the club’s website and on our fixture cards for the season.
“Some of the money raised will go towards buying a uniform club kit for all our teams (five adult and seven junior), whereas in the past they’ve all had different ones.
“The rest of the money will be ploughed into our junior set-up and to improve the nets at the ground.”
Roberts himself is a product of Papplewick’s renowned youth policy. He has been involved with the club since the age of five, alongside dad Pete, who is fixtures secretary and bar manager, mum Steph, who is secretary, and older brother Simon.
The winner of the sponsorship raffle will be unveiled on Saturday April 9 when Papplewick play Hucknall in their first pre-season friendly. It is hoped they can attract a famous name to make the draw — possibly England and Notts CCC star Stuart Broad.