Our Youth Cricketers are developing on all fronts and the Club is now benefitting from the long term vision and commitment of Director of Youth Cricket, Paul Wilderspin, where these youngsters are now forcing themselves into the senior teams. This is the lifeblood of the Club and long may it continue.
We will again field a range of Youth Teams, U 10’s, U12’s, U 14’s and Under 16’s, all of whom did very well within their leagues, with Jamie Parker and Conner Robson gaining County Honours, of which we are very proud!
U 10’s and U 12’s play on Sunday mornings, 10am, U 14’s on Tuesdays at 6pm and U 16’s on Thursdays at 6pm.
Youth Practice is on Thursdays, 6 until 7pm, and all are welcome from Year 3 onwards, boys and girls of course. Contact Paul on 700023 for further details. Senior practice continues from 7pm and, for the first time, a regular Tuesday practice session will be introduced.
Given our involvement with Youth Cricket, it has been a requirement of the Club to achieve ECB Clubmark status, backed by qualified coaches, all of whom meet DBS requirements.
Our Adult Sunday X1, under the Captaincy of Joel Craven, gained promotion to Division Two of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League and have made an excellent start to the season with four victories from the first five games, while our Saturday X1, Captain Andrew McArthur, will look to have an improved season in the First Division of the Beds Invitation Saturday Cricket League. New players very welcome for both teams.
The Development X1 will again be managed by Peter Ainsworth and will play on Sundays in the BCCL Dev Division, where last year they enjoyed a fruitful season.
We are one of a small number of Clubs in Bedfordshire who have a Ladies section, with a number playing for the County, however, they are looking for more players during 2014. Team Manager, Clare Goldsmith will be delighted to see you at the Wednesday night training sessions, please contact her on 07879 217404.
Our social activities for this year will be announced as they are organised.
Bedfordshire Cricket has seen recent reorganization and their website www.bedscricket.co.uk provides lots of helpful information about cricket in Bedfordshire, it is worth exploring if you have an interest in the game locally.
Bernard Morse, Secretary 01462 700387
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark