Guerilla Cricket is unofficial, so we can talk about whatever we like. Our conversations are more varied, and our language more colourful, than anything you will hear on official stations. And we also illustrate our coverage with hundreds of jingles to announce new players, or celebrate a six or a wicket. The whole conversation is hugely informed by listeners' contributions, and we interact constantly with what they are telling us on Twitter.
The voices on Guerilla Cricket are an assortment of journalists, entertainers, and others. We are professionals in our fields, but we currently work for Guerilla Cricket as volunteers. We have many technical costs (streaming, hosting, equipment, maintenance, premises). In recent series, we have based ourselves in a sports bar, in the living room of one of the guerillas (thank you, Katie), and once in a vacant seaside holiday home. These locations all have their perks, but our ultimate aim is to have a permanent home.
So we need your help, your support, your money. Our £3,500 goal is what we need to stay on the air and enrich the listener experience.
If we get to our stated goal please don’t stop. The more we raise, the more we can give you. If we make it to £8k, we are looking about getting a camera and being able to provide richer, more varied content. The ultimate goal would be to get to £20k; this would allow us to provide all of the above and the longed for permanent home.
We thank you for your generosity and hope that you enjoy the rewards - the bat should be a peach!
Risks and challenges
We have overcome several 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 broadcast live 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 us, although it is not possible to do this with winter series because of the time difference.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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