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Market Overton Cricket Club is seeking sponsorship to support its continued growth

Market Overton Cricket Club have started a sponsorship drive to help support their continued growth.

The Thistleton Road club are planning to run four senior sides – first team, second team, Sunday side and the Marko Marvels Women’s team – in the coming campaign.

They also have five junior sides – Under 19s, Under 15s, Under 13s, Under 11s and Under 9s – as well as one of the strongest female cricket programmes in the county where they are looking to add a junior girls team to their ranks for the new season.

The club is run by a group of volunteers and chairman Mark Hudson is hoping to attract more sponsors to help keep them thriving.

He said: “We believe strongly in a partnership approach to sponsorship and would work with anyone to promote a greater awareness of their brand among both our members as well as within the local communities.

“The club has an estimated annual footfall of 5,000 people as well as an additional footfall of 3,500 through the Market Overton doctors surgery’s use of the car park.

“We have more than 3,600 followers on social media across Twitter (1,600), Facebook (300) and Instagram (1,700) as well as a senior playing group that gives a significantly wider reach through their own social media channels.

“In addition to this, our membership base is more than 400, all of whom receive regular newsletters and updates from the club.

“The club is growing rapidly and we would love to work with sponsors to achieve success together for the community.

“It is a family-friendly, community sports club that provides opportunities for everyone in our community to participate in fun, safe and inclusive cricket activities.”

Packages available to support the junior and senior teams include front, back and sleeve shirt sponsorship, ground banners, matchday sponsorship and player sponsorship.

Anyone interested or requiring further information should e-mail marketovertoncricket@gmail.com

The club also started a fundraising scheme in November to help expand its facilities.

They are working towards a target of £5,000 to build a third changing room and shower room plus accessible toilet due to a growth in players in their senior

Chairman Hudson added: : “Due to the significant growth and ongoing success of our women’s and girls and junior sections at Market Overton, we are now in need of a third changing room with a shower room to enable a private area to freshen up after the game or training. We also want to add an accessible toilet with wheelchair access.

“Since starting our junior section in 2015 we now have more than 80 children coming to the club for training and games on a weekly basis.

“Since 2018 our women’s and girls section has grown to more than 40 members and is now one of the largest women’s sections in Leicestershire in just over two years and it continues to grow.

“The success of these sections has led to many juniors and women being selected for our open age teams (formerly men’s cricket) - meaning we now run three weekend teams (two Saturday and one Sunday).

“This rapid but sustainable growth means we now have the need for the third changing room, to be used for juniors, women and umpires (when we host Leicestershire Pathway games).”

Anyone able to support Market Overton’s fundraising can visit their crowdfunding page at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/3rd-changing-room-showers-new-accessible-toilet

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