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).
Rosy Ryan, Cricket Scotland‘s Women and Girls’ Development Officer West, writes, “Due to a successful 2017 – I am happy to announce that we will be hosting a women’s and girls’ forum on Saturday the 3rd of March, at Uddingston CC‘s Bothwell Castle Policies between 11am and 1pm. This is an open invitation to all clubs in the west who are interested in starting up a women’s and girls’ section, or those who are continually growing theirs. It is extremely important to come along to this event as we will be establishing women’s and girls’ hubs across the west. Cricket Scotland has acknowledged that there is a growing interest in clubs to further develop. It would be fantastic to see the majority of clubs who are serious about this opportunity. This includes clubs that already have a women’s and girls’ section. Clubs who are not able to come will miss out on this chance. Please bring along some representatives from your club and see what 2018 has in store for you! If you would be able to confirm your attendance and attendee’s no later than Monday the 5th of February. Further information will follow. Feel free to circulate this information around your club.”
Ammar Ashraf, Junior President of East Renfrewshire CC writes, “This exciting role seeks an energetic and experienced individual who can deliver across East Renfrewshire CC’s key objectives. The ideal candidate needs to have an understanding of sports development and must be able to maintain and build new relationships. A sound knowledge of cricket pathways that allows for integration at all levels is preferred. Closing dates for this post are Friday, 19th January 2018 with interviews taking place Monday, 22nd January 2018. For more information on the job and person specification please contact me on the details below. To apply, please send a CV and supporting letter by email. This role will involve regulated work with minors; therefore all candidates will require PVG Scheme membership to be considered for the position.”
Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland‘s West Regional Participation Manager, writes, “Just a quick reminder of the exciting ‘Junior cricket roadshows’ which are happening later in November – and a thanks to the clubs who have already confirmed their attendance. Some of our participation team were fortunate enough to be at Lord’s earlier this week to hear about some of the impact ‘All Stars Cricket‘ has had in other parts of the UK and to learn a bit more about what year two will look like – and we look forward to being able to share some of this information with you. We are also sure that the ‘Junior cricket format’ proposals will stimulate a lot of thought and discussion. We are really keen that clubs try and bring along their age group lead coaches/team managers, etc. so we can get the opinions of those coaching ‘week in, week out’. Please could you make sure that these people are aware of the west region roadshow – at Shawholm (Poloc CC) on Sunday the 19th of November, at 3pm – and could you encourage them to make time to come along. Finally, could you please complete the registration process for your club and any of your coaches who wish to join us at one of the roadshows.”