Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 49

thatcham starting at 10.00am, and the final at approximately 6.00pm, followed by entertainment in the evening.” Youth “Youth cricket is very important to our club, and in fact we currently have more colts as members than senior players. We currently have seven colts teams, at Under 9, Under 11 (2 teams), Under 13, Under 15 (2 teams) and a girls team. One of our colt’s coaches has been involved in coaching and managing colts for approximately 15 years, and in this time has seen may players develop from colts into senior cricket. We now have the model of having managers and coaches for each of our colts teams, including our girls team, which means the coaches can spend their time being a coach, whilst the manager is able to concentrate on the admin side i.e. team selection, sorting out lifts to away games, ensuring everyone’s safety, teas etc. This is a model that works very well, and is why we continue to attract new colts players, whilst other teams in the area are struggling for new colts, or closing their colts section.” Community “We are a community club. We have been involved with local schools via the ECB Chance to Shine programme, with which one of our senior players was heavily involved with coaching. We have an excellent relationship with local government, both at the town council and district council level. We are engaged with other sporting clubs in Thatcham through a council led sports network, and in Berkshire via Get Berkshire Active – both of these are forums whereby we can engage with other sports clubs outside of cricket to share best practice, exchange ideas and replicate what’s worked well for other clubs.” Challenges “The biggest challenge we have, as do most clubs, is having enough adult players. We currently have four Saturday teams and one Sunday team, and the problem is not only numbers for each of these teams, but finding the right balance between adult players and colts, and also what standard to aim at. We are fortunate to have a large number of colts players, but some of these will move away from the area, or move away from the game, or go to university, or get Saturday jobs etc. and the challenge is to then maintain the interest in playing cricket of these colts who do develop into senior cricket and want to continue playing. I know that keeping players interested in cricket, or getting them started in cricket, is an issue that both the ECB and Thames Valley League are looking at, so it may mean in the future we perhaps move from 100 over games, with the current points scoring system, to 40 overs per side, win or lose, along with a reduction in the distances teams have to travel, which also has an impact. As an example, our 3rd XI team this session has three away games to teams in West London, which means round trips of over 100 miles, and to be honest, there are people who don’t want to give up their whole day for games like this.” Ambitions “We have a number of ambitions: • For our 1ST XI to be back in Division 1 of the Thames Valley League, after two seasons of consecutive relegation. • For our other Saturday teams to be playing at the highest level possible. • Our real long term aim is to have a new club house, and changing facilities, but this is all subject to gaining sufficient financial backing for this.” Lesley A Clay Solicitor Wayside, The Slade, Bucklebury RG7 6TE ----------------------------------------Your local lawyer For your legal needs ----------------------------------------Tel & fax: 01635 862937 Email: Website: This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority Registered in England and Wales (Registered Number: 497515) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact me for legal advice and help:     Conveyancing Wills & Probate Powers of Attorney Family law Office hours by appointment to include evenings and weekends Quotations available on request 49