Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland‘s Regional Participation Manager West writes, “We now have over 100 young people signed-up to ‘All Stars Cricket’ in the west region for 2018. Most of the clubs (there are nineteen WDCU and/or WDJCU clubs: Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC, Drumpellier CC, Dumfries CC, East Kilbride CC, East Renfrewshire CC, Ferguslie CC, Galloway CC, GHK CC, Greenock CC, Hillhead CC, Kelburne CC, Kilmarnock CC, Renfrew CC, St Michael’s CC, Stenhousemuir CC, Stirling County CC, Uddingston CC and West of Scotland CC involved) are running their programme from early May, and so the clubs and Cricket Scotland are trying to make one last, big, effort to boost the number of participants at each centre.”
Club development news
Information is online about Easter cricket camps and/or courses being run by, respectively, The Glasgow Academy, Clydesdale CC and West of Scotland CC.
Nicola Wilson, Cricket Scotland‘s Female Participation Manager, writes, “Unfortunately, due to the weather and travel situation, we have to cancel the ‘Wee Bash’ for this Sunday in East Kilbride. We will look at the option of another date, but we have a few events (child protection course, club conference and a coaches conference) coming up as well as the Easter holidays, so the calendar is pretty full already.”
Tim Hart, writes, “Due to the current weather, Cricket Scotland has postponed the planned west women and girls’ Forum which was due to take place this Saturday, the 3rd of March. The forum will now be held at a later date and the details will be communicated as soon as they are known. Could readers please pass the message of the postponement on to anyone within their clubs who were planning to attend.”
Information about a couple of skill development sessions which are running during the upcoming February school holidays can be found online.
Tim Hart writes, “As a continuation of the pilot programme from late 2017, another series of Under 10 indoor Kwik Cricket festivals will be running in the west region. Festivals will take place during February and March – and each festival will follow a round-robin format, as follows:
Sundays 18 and 25 February, and 4, 11, 18 and 25 March
10am to 12 noon
Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow (G43 2XA)
“Six players per team. Six overs per side, everyone bowls one over, batters bat in pairs for two overs. Entry Fee: £15 per team per festival (to contribute towards the cost of hiring the hall). Teams are unlikely to play every week (once entries are confirmed a match schedule will be issued). To enter a team into this series of festivals, please email a completed booking form to me. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The closing date for returning a completed entry form is 12 noon on Friday the 9th of February 2018.”
Tim Hart writes, “Following on from last week’s email about the Women and Girls’ Forum, please find details about another exciting Forum which Cricket Scotland is hosting. This one is our Club Forum – and the event is all about how we can develop #muchmorethancricket and how cricket clubs can become a central part of the local community. Please find full details, including the registration link, below. If you have any queries about the forum, please contact Ian Sandbrook (07584-232795).”
Ian Sandbrook writes, “If cricket and our clubs are to grow, they have to become much more than places where people ‘just play their cricket’ and compete in a league. They have to play a bigger part in the lives of local people and communities and become fun and social destinations. In the current climate, sport is increasingly being asked to deliver ‘sport for change’ and real community benefits. So, the more cricket can show that it’s not just played by some ‘diehards’ but embraces new communities, formats, and ways of delivering; the more players, partners and funding we can attract.
“This event is all about how we can develop #muchmorethancricket and how cricket clubs can become a central part of the local community. This is not just a conference. It is a forum which focuses on best practice and provides thoughts, tools and to-dos. Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared on how to grow cricket.”
Twechar Healthy Living & Enterprise Centre – engaging the whole community :: Sandra Sutton, Chair, Twechar Community Action
Drumchapel Table Tennis Club – 500 members and a hub for the community – how? :: Terry McLernon, MBE
Sport for Change in Scotland – what it means for cricket :: Svend Elkjaer, Director, Sports Marketing Network
How to engage and attract young people :: Rosie Dyke, All Stars Activator, Perth Doo’cot CC
Presentations from three thriving cricket clubs on how they are progressing on their journey: Gala CC, Westquarter & Redding CC, and Galloway CC
Participate in group discussion on:
:: how to change your club’s culture
:: how to raise the profile of your club
:: how to attract change-makers
:: how to recruit more players”
How to register
Registration for the #muchmorethancricket conference is via our new membership portal Go Membership. This membership portal is being rolled out this year to all cricket players, coaches, club members and fans.
Cricket Scotland member clubs
Please follow this registration link and select conference tickets then checkout. If you are already a member, login to your profile and complete the booking. If you do not currently have a membership profile on Go Membership, simply complete the registration page and then checkout.
The conference is open to wider partners and organisations interested in attending the day. If you are not from a Cricket Scotland member club, please click on this link to register. There is a £40 delegate fee.
“Please feel free to circulate around your club and contacts. We highly recommend that multiple people from your club attend to maximise the learning and impact when you take some of the ideas back to your own clubs. If you have any queries please get in touch.”
Gordon Drummond, Cricket Scotland‘s Performance Pathway Manager, has been in contact with exciting information about an upcoming UKCC Level 3 Performance coach course. The course will be running in Scotland this year. From more information, please click on this link, or contact Gordon directly (07826-907124).