Guerilla Cricket aims to bring cricket commentary to the masses. Many people living abroad cannot access BBC radio coverage of England Test matches for legal reasons and we fill the breach. We also have a wide listenership among people who relish our offbeat approach to cricket coverage, which allows them to participate fully in the show through the medium of twitter and use of instagram and such like. We need to raise cash for the Ashes series as we no longer have a studio to broadcast from and have to cover costs of equipment hire, particularly microphones. All the broadcasters are volunteers but have backgrounds in areas as varied as sports journalism, showbusiness, sound editing and technology and website design. Other funding is needed when we have to compete to secure special guests beyond our immediate circle. This is required only on rare occasions. This summer the programme will for the first time be broadcast live from the Jetlag, a sports bar in central London's Fitzrovia area, with customers creating the background ambience.
Risks and challenges
Guerilla Cricket has already overcome a number of obstacles since launching in summer 2014. We managed to staff coverage of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and NZ with a completely voluntary crew despite the unsociable hours that the games were on in the UK. We have overcome opposition among some Establishment cricket figures to run the most successful and most widely listened to alternative commentary in the world. A number of our broadcasters have gone on to present programmes on mainstream stations, so we serve also as a very useful training ground for people who want to get into the sports commentary industry. Our biggest challenge is finding premises from where to broadcast our show. For some time we had an agreement with a studio in central London but since that expired we have been forced to use flats and apartments belonging to members of the team. The beauty of the show is that it can be broadcast from any room with a TV and internet connection. This summer we will be broadcasting from a pub in central London, in front of a live audience, a natural fit for this compelling and sometimes boisterous show. This is probably our perfect home and other pubs and bars have expressed an interest in hosting usLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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