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Once a Wanderer, Always a Wanderer

  

The COVID-19 outbreak brought a halt to income from the middle of March at Crewe Vagrants Sports Club. The clubhouse events ceased along with all sporting activities within the grounds. The club supports Hockey, Cricket and Squash to be played year long in the South Cheshire region. It is also the home ground to Crewe and Nantwich Rugby Club and used as a base by South Cheshire Harriers Running Club.

  

Our mission statement - Embrace the Sports of the club and encourage participation in them, secure their future and the enjoyment of all members. All sports run active Junior sections, supporting activity in the local community.

Where do we fit into the community?

  

The Vagrants is more than just a Sports Club, we are a social hub within the community.

  

We are proud to support charity groups and offer facilities free of charge to these organizations.

  

Christies Cancer Care

  

St Lukes Hospice

  

Cancer Research

  

Nantwich Food Bank

  

We have collected cans to help build a new Scout Hut for Willaston Scout Group over the past 5 years.

  

We have regular meetings for WeightWatchers to help improve peoples weight and health. BNI has their breakfast meetings with us - this is a business network for small local businesses to work within the community.

  

Before the Pandemic we were home to the Rotary club, hosting their weekly meetings.

  

Nature Watch has sessions at the club, usually involving older people of the community where they can socialize and enjoy nature.

  

We pride ourselves in supporting Youth Sport to all. Outside our Core sports, we are also home to Rugbytots, introducing children from the age of 5 to gain skills relating to Rugby and social skills. Tumbletots sessions are held within the clubhouse, introducing young children relating to coordination and balance.

  

Local schools such as Brine Lees, use the site for Cross Country activities, rugby and hockey, as do Reaseheath College and Keele University.

  

Why are we crowdfunding now?

  

While still financially sound, the club has experienced an interruption in income, with no social events being held or planned, and the cancellations of the weekly car boot sales, the bills have still been arriving for pitch maintenance and the use of utilities. These haven’t stopped with Covid-19.

   The initial money will help fund the basic running costs of the club. Without the club, Sports and community life at the Vagrants will not continue.

   Overheads have been reduced as much as possible, this still leaves around £3000 per month covering :

  Utility payments - electricity, sewerage

   Security - as the venue has remained largely empty during the lockdown, security measures have needed to be increased - installation of more cameras, installation of gate security barriers.

   Insurance

  

Financial charges

  

Pitch maintenance of the AstroTurf, Cricket pitch, and the squash courts. This also includes floodlight maintenance and pest control - we have some new resident moles. The grass areas need regular cutting.

  

Wages - minimal people are employed to run and staff the bar.

  

Additional safety measures required for Covid19 to ensure safety.

  

Extra money raised will be used to modernize and improve existing club facilities - the clubhouse has relatively recently been decorated. The toilet and shower facilities could be improved to the same standard.

  

Crewe Vagrants supporting Sports for generations to come

  

Crewe Vagrants Sports Ground provides a vital source of physical activity and social interaction across our local community, offering access to hockey, squash, cricket and rugby coaching, match play, and social events for adults and juniors alike. The club also runs a 5 a-side football league weekly.

  

Over a busy week, the footfall can be around 800 people within the ground, with players and supporters.

  

The current pandemic restrictions mean the clubhouse can open but with very limited access, but the club is keen to get the sports up and running and getting people active after this period of community lockdown.

  

Hockey

  

We host 4 men’s and 4 ladies teams playing through mixed abilities. We have been a pilot scheme for “Hockey Heroes” an England Hockey initiative aimed to target those children who have limited access to sporting opportunities. We have a thriving junior section, ranging from 5-13-year-olds who train regularly during the school terms We have an active social side and we’re sad that this season was not to be celebrated in person within our Clubhouse. This has seen another loss of revenue We offer Back to Hockey / New to Hockey sessions for those who are nervous about joining or who just want to try picking up a stick again. The hockey community is a family on and off the pitch, 40 members recently sponsored a local Beehive during the lockdown, with the bees pollinating our grounds, supporting local a business and understanding and learning about the importance of these biodiverse little pollinators.

  

Squash

  

Squash and Racketball (now called Squash 57), provides a sociable and friendly atmosphere where players of all abilities and all ages can enjoy playing one of the best sports in the world for health and fitness. With a current membership of around 150 representing a range of ages from 5 to 85, we can confidently say that there are people to play whatever your age or standard. We have 5 senior teams. One in every division in the Northwest counties squash league. Our first team is in the top division which is the highest level for team squash. The Northwest counties Squash league is the biggest in the world. The club has a growing ladies section with 2 sessions each week dedicated to women's squash and squash 57. We actively encourage Juniors to play. There are two Junior squash sessions. The first session is aimed at mini-squash players (Aged from 5 – 11) and the second session is aimed at more advanced players (Aged 11 upwards). These junior sessions are open to both club members and non-club members. The content of the sessions varies and is designed to be fun, with games and competitions, which together with progressive coaching, will develop young players from beginners to adults. Cricket

  

We have an active Senior and Junior Section. We are looking forward to starting the Senior Season late with our 2 senior teams. We have 4 nets at the club and move to indoor nets in a local school in the winter break.

  

We have Under 9, 11, 13, and 15 teams. Our junior section is thriving in all ages. We enjoy hosting Cricket All-Star, which provides a fantastic first experience for all children aged 5-8 years old where they’re guaranteed 8 weeks of jam-packed fun, activity, and skills development.

  

We have successfully hosted Cricket SoftBall, to actively engage adult women in playing cricket, these were fun events, allowing beginners to try a fun, active version of our sport.

  

Member testimonials

  

~ Crewe Vagrants is somewhere that people go to play sport, socialize and gain friends for life. You can join a team and instantly feel part of something, whether you have played before or it is your first time. Having a clubhouse on-site is what makes it such a wonderful place and has allowed me to play the sport I love - Zoe Franklin Hockey

  

~ The Vagrants is an integral part of my life both sporting and social. It is one of the top squash clubs in the North West with Superb facilities and a highly active membership. We need to continue to make sure all the sports are here to provide a strong sporting home for kids and adults for generations to come. Ollie Hudson Squash.

  

~ Having been a member for 24 years, it is not just been about hockey but lifelong friends and sporting motivation and a great social life - Bev Jackson Hockey

  

~ As a veteran coach it is the value of getting youngsters into sport with all sections and sub-sections boasting class facilities and opportunities - Dave Long Cricket

  

Our Partners

  

Other sports that are supported by the Crewe Vagrants Sports Club are Crewe and Nantwich RFC, Touch Rugby and a relatively newly formed and increasingly successful Ladies Rugby team

  

South Cheshire Harriers Running Club and Crewe Clarion Cycle Club who run time trials from the ground.

  

Other events

  

Crewe Vagrants not only hosts sports, but also a weekly Car Boot Sale during the Summer months.

  

We have had an Outdoor Cinema at the ground which was enjoyed by not just club members but the local community.

  

The function room is booked throughout the year, hosting Christenings, Birthday Parties, Wedding receptions, and Funeral wakes - all at the moment canceled or postponed. These are often friends of Crewe Vagrants. Our heartfelt sympathies are with them all.

  

The loss of the Vagrants would be a devastating loss to the local community and the people it supports. These are unprecedented times but together, we are stronger, please help to support the club.