Acton Cricket Club have raised over £24,000 so far in a bid to self-fund the build of their new home.

The 113-year-old club has been playing at a temporary base built by club members for the past three seasons after the David Lloyds leisure group took over the club’s old pavilion back in 2017.

However, the Acton Cricket Club committee has secured planning permission and a 99-year lease to build a new, permanent home, enabling the club to gain its identity back.

Alex Brennan, 35, the club's director of cricket, said: “The move is very exciting for us.

“It will be a challenge to raise the funds, but when we have done so, and are able to move into a new pavilion, it will secure our long-term future and ensure that community sport is available in Acton for several generations to come.

“We really do see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“From a personal perspective, having joined the club as a seven-year-old nearly 30 years ago, it would mean a huge amount to know that so many more young cricketers will have the opportunity to make friends, develop skills and be a part of this amazing community club in the future.”

Plans to work on the build are hoped to take place during the summer, depending on the funds raised, with the club's target currently £50,000, double what they've currently raised.

The club took a hit to their income last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and this led to the self-funding of the new clubhouse and changing facility.

Brennan said: “We have made a great start but still have a long way to go, and any donations big or small are welcome through our GoFundMe page.”

He is also hoping that the move will attract more members to join, as a result of the club having a significant capacity to grow and compete with the best amateur cricket clubs in the country when it comes down to facilities.

You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.