Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club – 4ft Roller

We spoke with Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club in the summer after they were awarded a section 106 grant to go towards providing community and social infrastructure. We were pleased to quote them for a new 4ft Auto-Roller.

The club had decided to go with an Auto-Roller after seeing the Pitchcare article regarding last year's 3ft Auto-Roller Competition and liked our ambition for supporting smaller cricket clubs with limited funding.

We were pleased to be able to deliver the roller while the sun was still shining and they are now the proud owners of not only a new roller, but also our complementary cricket hat!

We would like to thank Chairman Andy Shield for the business and his kind words. We hope the club get many years of use out of their roller - starting next season once the weather has warmed up a bit!

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Auto-Roller Competition Result – Slaughters United

As proud supporters of the England and Wales Cricket Board, we asked cricket clubs nationwide to register with the NatWest CricketForce scheme to be in with a chance to win a brand new 3ft Auto-Roller. At a value of £9,749, we wanted to give something back to the clubs that have supported us over the past 90 years.

Although the Auto-Roller is now exported world-wide to countries such as the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia, the importance of supporting growth in cricket’s home country is something we are very passionate about. Through Lords and Edgbaston, all the way to the Isle of Jersey, the Auto-Roller has become a symbol of cricket heritage; providing cricket clubs the professional turf finish demanded by the world’s top groundsmen.

As a huge thank you for all of the support (and for keeping our cricket pitches in top condition!) our specially made 3ft Auto-Roller was awarded to Slaughters United Cricket Club in the Cotswolds!

The picturesque village of Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds

Members of the committee accept the 3ft Auto-Roller

We spoke to delighted Vice Chairman, Paul Heming, at Slaughters United

“Ensuring that our cricket pitch is kept maintained to the highest standard has always been a top priority. Previously, with our 1950 4ft Auto-Roller, rolling the pitch was quite a chore with visibility being poor and the precision in the rolls just not being there. Now, with the brand new 3ft Auto-Roller in use we have now immediately seen the improvements to our pitch and we can’t get the groundsman off it!

We can rest easy knowing that the Auto-Roller will last a life time, and it’s one less thing to worry about for the club. I’m keen to see the improvements that will undoubtedly be made to the overall standard of the pitch and as a result, the cricket being played on it.”

At Auto-Roller, we help to ensure cricket clubs and schools world-wide can keep their older machines running whilst working to innovate and develop our brand new range. Our new range offers an easy electric key start, smooth power steering, precision machined rolls with a fully hydrostatic drive. Crafted by our engineers with a wealth of experience at our workshop in Wiltshire, the quality of the Auto-Rollers has, with no exception, remained unbeatable to this day.

Our team of friendly staff and engineers are always happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to call the office, Autoguide Equipment Ltd, on 01380 850885 or contact us via our website www.cricketroller.co.uk.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future exclusive offers and competitions!”

Ormskirk Cricket Club – Re-Power Kit

Ormskirk Cricket Club first contacted us in 2016, enquiring about an Auto-Roller Re-Power Kit. We were happy to supply them with a quote and were contacted again last year when they were beginning to put the funding in place.

At the beginning of this year, the purchase of a Re-Power kit was approved by the committee. We received the old roller from Ormskirk and began the process of shot-blasting and re-spraying the roller, plus fitting the new kit at our workshop here in Wiltshire.

Within a few weeks, the roller (looking almost like a new machine!) was ready to go back home to Ormskirk, just in time for the start of the season!

Before

After

We are happy to hear that the club are delighted with the results, and we hope they get many years of use out of the overhauled roller!

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3ft Auto-Roller Competition 2018

**COMPETITION NOW CLOSED** Click here for competition winners

As a huge thank you for all of the support from you over the years, we together with the ECB would like to offer your club the chance to win a brand new 3ft Auto-Roller. All you need to do is register with NatWest CricketForce before 5pm on the 30th March and you will be automatically entered.

If you would like to find out more about the competition and the specifications of the 3ft Auto-Roller, please click on the below link. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Win a 3ft Auto-Roller

**COMPETITION NOW CLOSED** Click here for competition winners

 Owned by Autoguide Equipment, the world famous Auto-Roller is the leading provider of cricket pitch rollers to cricket clubs and schools. The first Auto-Roller was sold in 1932 and many of the oldest rollers are still running today!

The Auto-Roller is now known all over the world from the West Indies to Singapore and Australia. Over 90 years our current range of cricket pitch rollers has been continuously developed, retaining all the key features that made the Auto-Roller so successful back when it was originally designed in 1927.

Today, we work with the ECB to make the Auto-Roller available and affordable for as many cricket clubs and schools as we can; from the top test cricket wickets to small towns and villages across the UK.

So as a huge thank you for all of the support from you over the years, we together with the ECB would like to offer your club the chance to win a brand new 3ft Auto-Roller. All you need to do is register with NatWest CricketForce before 5pm on the 30th March and you will be automatically entered.

Diesel Engine
Power Steering
Electric Start
Fully Hydrostatic Transmission
Up to 5mph Forward and Reverse
Tiltable Steering Wheel
Biodegradable Oil
USB Port

If you would like to find out more about the competition, or if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Menai Bridge Cricket Club – 4ft Auto-Roller

Back in October, Menai Bridge Cricket Club contacted us when they wanted to replace their old Auto-Roller. Head groundsman, Keith, was kind enough to let us in on how they found the process with applying for grants and purchasing the Auto-Roller.

Menai Bridge Cricket Club is situated on the Isle of Anglesey in North West Wales. Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, the club boasts a fantastic community spirit combined with majestic views.

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Funding

Funding

Autoguide Equipment are working in partnership with the ECB and NatWest CricketForce, offering every club the opportunity to afford the world famous Auto Roller.

ECB Funding Options

As official supporters of NatWest Cricket Force, Auto-Roller believe that supporting cricket at a grass roots level is vital for the continual growth of the game and it’s players.

This is why we work with the ECB and NatWest Cricket Force in order to make the Auto-Roller available and affordable for as many cricket clubs and schools as we can; from the top test cricket wickets to small towns and villages across the UK and abroad.

We would encourage any growing cricket club to sign up as a NatWest Cricket Force member. Alongside special offers and opportunities from Auto-Roller, registered clubs gain access to the Jewson Privilege Account Scheme, promotional material and programme running support.

For more information on becoming a member of the NatWest Cricket Force, click here. For other ECB funding options, click here.

Is your club in need of a new Auto-Roller…

Who provides the funding?

The England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT)

The EWCT also promotes work to improve provision of cricket in schools, clubs and other youth cricket activities.

Activities funded by the EWCT must benefit the community not just a small group or elite. This is a primary obligation of an applicant when applying the funds provided by EWCT.

What is the aim of the Interest Free Loan Scheme?

The scheme aims to finance capital projects to help create a sustainable future for cricket.

Who can apply?

  • All ECB affiliated cricket clubs.
  • Other organisations that can evidence achievement / delivery of the charitable aims of the EWCT.
  • Please note ECB Clubmark registration or accreditation is not a requirement.

How much can be applied for?

  • Cricket clubs with a junior section* – £1,000 – £50,000
  • Cricket clubs without a junior section – £1,000 – £20,000
  • Other organisations – subject to application
  • A cricket club with a junior section is defined as ‘a cricket club that offers appropriate coaching and competition to cricketers under the age of 18 years’.

How much partnership funding is required?

A minimum of 10% partnership funding is required from the applicant.

How do I apply?

Visit the ECB website- http://www.ecb.co.uk/development/facilities-funding/grants-and-loans/