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Sheffield Collegiate FOLLOW FOLLOW US US ONLINE ONLINE TWITTER.COM/SPORTYORKSHIRE TWITTER.COM/SPORTYORKSHIRE 1 1 Sheffield Collegiate CRICKET CLUB Sheffield Collegiate CC has been working hard during the off-season and appear to be well set up for a successful 2019. Sport Yorkshire Magazine recently caught up with their Junior Co-ordinator Andy Tyas to find out more about how the club has been getting along lately. Involvement The Role He told us, “I have been involved at SCCC for over fourteen years now. I took my sons down to join the junior section when they were just five and seven years old and they are now both in our top three senior teams (age 18 & 20) having played at all junior age group levels. The facilities at the club are excellent and the coaching of the junior section is excellent and well organised. Everybody is made welcome and all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part. My first role at the club was U9 manager and from there I moved up through the age groups, became a qualified ECB level 2 coach and I am now junior co- ordinator.” “We run multiple teams at all age groups so one of the biggest challenges is getting the mix of each team correct at the start of the season. We have to consider which Division a team is playing in, the ability of the players and also friendship groups of player/parents so they can get to midweek away game in particular and share lifts. We also look for regular attendance at training and also behaviour and application during the sessions. The most rewarding aspect of the role is to see so many juniors participating and enjoying playing cricket. I played for over forty years before retiring two years ago and made many friends (and the odd enemy!) during this period. We offer junior cricket from age 5 upwards 28 Issue 01 (Allstars) through to U18 and the other most rewarding aspect is to see many of our juniors continue playing in our five senior teams on Saturdays.” Atmosphere “The mood is excellent at the club. We have a new first team captain (Josh Varley) and have made some good signings so we hope that our First team is competitive in the Yorkshire League South. Josh is a former club junior and has come through the ranks so we all hope that he has an excellent first year. The attendances at Winter nets from U9s through to seniors has been excellent and we had a group of talented juniors going overseas to Desert Springs Spain on 11th April for a pre- season warm weather training camp - a first