Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust

Inspiring children to lead healthy active lives through sport & countryside education

  • Providing sports and countryside education opportunities and new experiences for primary schools within a 30-mile radius of Belvoir Castle and Provide supported education for young people with Special Needs through sport and countryside activities
  • Deliver professional cricket and basketball coaching in primary schools to enhance their PE curriculum, giving Continued Professional Development for teaching staff to enhance their delivery
  • Give children the opportunity to participate in community cricket and basketball to develop healthy lifestyles
  • Work with local cricket and basketball clubs to develop junior participation by providing qualified coaching, volunteer training and hands-on coaching and administration experience
  • Engage children and families to participate in sport, targeting rural communities and market towns.
  • To develop young people and adults, giving them the opportunity to be able to give something back by becoming a volunteer in their local community


‘’Just brilliant – I can’t express how grateful we are. Our seven year old has been experiencing some struggles at school, which have led to some worrying self-esteem issues and at times he’s been quite unhappy and
very low in confidence. To see him running across the field at collection time, with a massive smile on his face, wanting to tell us how
awesome his day has been was just incredible and joyous for us to see. Every day he came back from the summer scheme itching to tell us
what he’d been doing, and excited about the next day. I don’t doubt that it’s helped him with his confidence, and it’s certainly been a big highlight of his summer holidays.

The scheme’s leaders are amazing, especially in encouraging the children, and the content is varied enough to make sure that everyone
finds something that they can excel at and enjoy. I think it’s this latter point that has really helped our child. The activities involving animals were his favourite and it seems to have ignited something of a passion for him – and I really don’t know where else he might have experienced these things. We really are so grateful to everyone involved in making the scheme happen, and the
happiness and confidence it’s provided. In terms of feedback…from our point of view it couldn’t have been better.’’
Alex Evans (Dad)

Future Plans

Our Current Facility

Each year we work with over 3,000 children but sadly we are held back by our current facilities. The pavilion at Knipton is tired, in disrepair and an eyesore in the beautiful estate grounds.

It has no disabled facilities, little indoor space when it rains and such poor toilets that we have to hire Portaloos.

Our New Building and Our Future

Toilets and changing facilities suitable for our disabled children.
An indoor hall so we can deliver our programmes all year round regardless of the weather.
A facility to be proud of and be able to invite the community to share.
Over the past year we have continued to work hard with the support of Historic England
on the design of our proposed new build to ensure it is in keeping with its beautiful surroundings.


The new building will transform our charity’s future and our work making a real difference to young people’s lives as we look to the next decade and beyond. We will be able to deliver our programmes to thousands more children each year, achieving our targets for diversity and inclusion.
Our ambitions are shaped by the need to alleviate obesity, social isolation, and mental health issues in our young people, all of which have increased due to COVID-19.

For further information, or to donate, or suggest a fundraising idea please contact:

Darren Bicknell – 07825 992406

Debbie Johnson – 07912 270042

Events 2021

  • Duchess of Rutland XI v MCC Annual Cricket match now confirmed for Thursday 3rd August 12.30pm start at the Knipton Cricket Ground
  • BCCT Charity Golf Day Details and Booking Form