Children’s cricket courses to raise funds for local club

SPORTING Chance is the latest local business to offer its support to Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s urgent fundraising appeal. 

A fundraising campaign was recently launched to raise £4,000 to purchase a roller for the cricket field in Uplyme, which has been described as essential to the future operation of the club. Ownership of the cricket pavilion has further complicated the 132-year-old club’s financial difficulties, and it was announced last month that it was in danger of closing if urgent funds could not be raised.

Children’s coaching company Sporting Chance, run by Lyme Regis sportsman Mark Bailey, has organised two cricket courses for 5-12 year olds over the summer to raise funds for the club.

The courses will take place on Wednesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 23 from 12noon to 3pm at Uplyme cricket field, costing £5 per child.

Children will receive training in all aspects of the game, including fielding, batting, bowling and will play mini matches and competitions for prizes. Those taking part will require clothes for all weathers, plenty to drink, a snack and plenty of energy.

For further details or to book a place email Mark at

Speaking on the potential closure of the cricket club, Mr Bailey said: “This would be a travesty and a huge loss to local sport and the community, so we at Sporting Chance are trying to do a little to help. All proceeds will go towards the cricket club.”

Other local businesses and organisations have also been keen to show their support for the club, including California Fitness, Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee and the Talbot Arms in Uplyme.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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