Cricket Club Issue 41 - Page 28

Sprowston FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/CRICKETCLUBMAG Sprowston CRICKET CLUB B ased on Barkers Lane in Norfolk, Sprowston CC is a terrific example of the important role that a club can play in their local community. Their first team currently competes in the Premier Division of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance League. They have generally been in good form so far this season as well, putting together a record of six wins and four defeats from their ten matches with the other game failing to reach a result. This has left them sitting near the top of the table with 182 points on the board. Whilst it will be difficult for them to catch the current league leaders they will be looking to put together a good run of form in order to consolidate second place. This in turn would provide them with a strong platform to build for the future. One of the standout features of the Sprowston set up is the superb youth section that they currently have in place. This part of the club looks to provide youngsters from the local area 28 Issue 41 with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period of time to be able to produce their own talent and this is an area they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their juniors can progress over the coming years. In order to help ensure that these players enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game they also have a number of additional sides in place. This allows them to gain experience of adult level cricket even if they are not yet considered ready for first team action which can be an important step in the development process. Another benefit of having extra sides is that it allows the first XI to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever left short on numbers through injury or work commitments they have the option of calling players up with a limited amount of disruption. They also have some fine facilities in place including two cricket pitches, football pitches and a rugby pitch as well as an all-weather cricket strip and training areas to cater for outside activity. They make these facilities available for higher with football and rugby clubs already taking advantage of what they offer. This helps to further demonstrate their commitment to playing an important role in their local community and also has the potential to provide them with an additional source of revenue which is particularly important given the current financial climate. Sprowston CC is enjoying a fine campaign this time around and this is a reflection of all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to make sure that they are a success. This should enable them to look forwards to a bright and successful future and everyone at Cricket Club Magazine wishes them the best of luck. Sprowston Club Info -