Ovington run three Saturday afternoon sides in the York Vale League, with one further all-age team playing on Wednesdays in the Foss Evening League. The club regularly features in the York Press including on photos (see Figure 2 below). From our approximate 100 junior members we run numerous junior teams, giving opportunities for children of all-ages between 5-18 years the chance to play cricket. Due to the way that the club is run and the playing opportunities available, the club has been a recipient of Sport England’s prestigious Clubmark for a number of years. Sport England describe their giving of the award to clubs that
“provide the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right club for their young people.”
However, as you can imagine, all of this requires the time and help of numerous volunteers as well as monetary assistance for everything from ground and pavilion maintenance and repairs, machinery, cricket equipment, providing cricket teas, and general overheads. In order to help with these costs we are looking for sponsorship opportunities. For example the following could be ways of sponsoring the club:
Be an official match ball sponsor for £40 a home match for one of our senior sides. The match ball sponsor would be advertised on our website (www.ovingtoncc.co.uk) prior to the match as well as mentioned in the match report. On the day a board will be at the match mentioning who the match ball sponsor is but if you were to have a sign that you could give us to use that would be very agreeable. Of course you would be very welcome to attend the match(es) that you sponsor and join us for a cricket tea and drink. Sponsorship of Junior Matches may also be available at a different rate, please contact us for details.
Providing a raffle prize. We have a “Funday” once a year where the juniors, parents, and seniors all play in an intra-club competition. Sponsored prizes would be advertised prior to the event with our flyers (both on the website, by email, and at training sessions) for the event as well as mentioned on the day at the ceremony.
Consider sponsoring a junior and or senior team through a season. This would be advertised daily on the website throughout the season as well as with all match reports revolving around the said team. Space for advertising on cricket shirts could also be discussed.
Sponsor a cricket related item relating to your company’s expertise. For example, catering companies may be interested in sponsoring or help providing the cricket teas at matches or food at our Funday event whereas machinery and landscaping companies may be interested in sponsoring the rollers and mowers for example. Due acknowledgment would be given on these items when being used as well as on the website.
Of course all sponsors would automatically receive an end-of year club report and due thanks for how they have helped the club.
Finally, in terms of the website and how this may be a useful advertising method for sponsors, I would like to mention that in 2015 the site had 9088 views which during the busier times of the season had weekly views of up to 430 people. We aim to expand upon this in the coming season. We have also been a featured club on the MCC’s taking the field (see http://www.takingthefield.com/clubs/ovington-cricket-club)
If you’re interested in learning more in regards to Sponsorship – please get in touch with via the contact form below and we’ll contact you as soon as we can. Our Sponsorship Organiser is Neil Metcalfe