Cricket Club Issue 42 - Page 55

bromham and playing cricket with the children and families who came up to the stall. It’s not much but certainly emphasises our willingness to understand how important community involvement is. I’d love to say youth cricket is at the front of our agenda, along with ladies and disability cricket, however we are a small club who is currently ‘groundless’ or so to speak. We have a couple of teenage lads (Ollie and Charlie) who are at the Bedford Modern School and will both be extremely good players in the future, they currently are in fact extremely good and far better than I ever was at their age.” Facilities “Prior to 2007 we were on park pitches, we agreed a ground share situation with Bromham Nomads CC, they were struggling for players and we wanted our own ground so the Bedfordshire Cricket Board acted as a dating agency and got us together. Later that season, Bromham Nomads folded and the ground fell to us along with all the rubbish they left behind including unpaid bills. Little we knew about preparing or maintaining a wicket, running a club house facility but we relished the opportunity and got to work. I organised variou s fundraisers including sports memorabilia auctions and raffles in our local pub to raise money for an outfield mower, NatWest Cricket Force days really came in handy with the players, friends and family all turning up to help out get the club house in good working order. I personally went on a groundsmans course and learnt how to prepare and maintain the playing surface.” Groundshare “After seasons flying by of winning the FCCL Division 4 and achieving promotion into the FCCL Division 2 things were looking rosy. The local Bromham villagers even commented on the ground and said they had never seen the place looking so beautiful and well maintained. It was bliss. Until we were told by our Landlord the clubhouse was in disrepair and he didn’t wanted us to use it. Which was fair, so I approached the BCB with a 5 year development plan and verbally agreed in principle we could propose plans to build a new clubhouse facility for adults and children of all ages and abilities, one of the understandable primary conditions was ensuring we had a 25 year Lease in place. Once this was produced and requested to www.sportip.biz 55