Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 51

maidenhead and bray CC: How important is youth cricket to the club? Mark Hayes, Youth Cricket Coach, “Youth cricket is the life, soul and the future of the club. We currently run eight teams in the boys’ section and four in the girls’ section with around 150 boys and 40 girls involved. The set-up is going from strength to strength under the leadership and guidance of Huw Buckle, who won last year’s Special Recognition Award at the Chance to Shine awards night which was held at The Oval.” Huw added, “A number of our previous colts are now playing senior cricket. I started coaching U9s eight years ago and some of those boys are now representing the senior sides. They are the future of the club. We set up a Girls section in 2012 and it is now another thriving and successful section within the club – the girls today will be our new Ladies team in the next couple of years, continuing to add real value to the club.” CC: Would you consider yours to be a community club? Huw, “We work closely with a number of schools to ensure that our club becomes the club of choice in the local area and that success, obviously, depends upon the quality of the coaching that we offer. We help promote cricket in schools and get children involved in sport. For a number of our colts, cricket is their primary sport. We also engage with the families and ensure that they are also part of the club. With the girls initiative, we have forged even stronger links with the community and we are now recognised as the leading local club for girls’ cricket.” Thomas, in the under 12s, is another hot prospect for the future and technically the best girl batter we have in the club. Another great new find this year is Belle Proctor at under 11. We also have to mention Susannah Ames, who is the Girls Club Captain and is a fine wicket-keeper, solid batter and possibly the best young leader we have in the whole colts section.” CC: Are there any guys showing particular promise at the club? Mark, “Our ambition is to be able to continue to give young children the opportunity to have fantastic coaching from professional coaches at all age groups and to oversee the migration of the colts into the senior teams at the appropriate age. We also want to be able to support young coaches through the various levels of cricket coaching so they can put something back into the younger children within the colts set up.” Huw, “We wish to have the recognition as the leading club for Girls cricket in Berkshire by 2018. We hope to launch a ‘friendly’ Ladies team, accommodating a number of our current Girls, in 2016, with the goal to play competitive matches in 2017.” Mark, “We have a number of boys that are showing great promise in the county set-ups, in particular Zach Phillips in the Under 10s, Sam Hayes in the U12s, Max Thomas and Toby Greatwood in the Under 13s and Todd Lindley in the Under 15s from the boys section. We also have numerous boys in the District set up who are progressing very well.” Huw, “Having only started girls’ cricket three years ago, we are thrilled to have a number of players in the county set up. Teona Goodge, who plays for Berkshire U15s, has been identified as a potential for the ECB Elite Performance Programme. England beckons? Adele CC: What are the club’s ambitions for the next 5 years? We offer high quality vehicle servicing carried out by our very experienced mechanics. If any extra jobs are identified we will communicate with you first to help prioritise urgent repairs and to reschedule jobs that can wait. Other services offered include: • Mechanical and electrical repairs • Clutch replacement • Brake replacement and repairs • Air conditioning re-charging and repairs • Fault code reading and diagnosis Service: 01628 626030 | Car Sales: 01628 639888 33 Switchback R