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Sheffield Collegiate FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/SPORTYORKSHIRE 1 “I joined Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club as a junior. It was the local club to me when I started playing and I still play at the club now. I recently relinquished the 1st team captaincy after twelve years. I enjoyed being captain of the club and as always it came with its ups and downs and various headaches but I thoroughly enjoyed captaining my home and first club. The 1st XI evolved over the years but latterly was made up of Sheffield Collegiate juniors coming through the ranks. Some have obviously gone on to bigger and better teams! The club has a thriving junior section from under 9’s to under 17’s, as well as Friday night coaching. There are often 100+ kids at the Michael Vaughan Academy learning the cricket basics on a Friday night - it is great to see that many kids learning to play cricket. The club also promotes juniors and volunteers to carry out their ECB level 1 and 2 coaching badges. MD Law has been a sponsor of the club for four years now since its own incorporation and we currently have an advertisement board at the ground. I would just like to wish the club all the best in the future and hope Sheffield Collegiate can keep producing not only England captains but players who continue to play whether that be at club level, county cricket or international cricket.” Matthew Dixon – MD Law from University each week to come and represent the club. We also have a long tradition of bringing through our own coaches. Over the winter six have qualified as Coach Support Workers and three more are just completing Level 2 - all of these are 18 or under. One of our biggest objectives in 2019 is to launch and sustain a Womens and Girls section. We have a co-ordinator in place and we are just about to appoint a Ladies Head Coach. Initially, we expect to enter local softball leagues but our aim is to have a hard ball team in place within three years.” Youth “Youth development is absolutely massive for us; we are running twelve junior teams again this year in the local leagues plus additional teams in the three age group Cup competitions. Our biggest advantage is that despite many clubs seeing falling numbers we have sustained five senior teams on Saturdays across a wide range of playing abilities and we also offer senior cricket on Sundays and in the local midweek league. There is therefore always a lot of cricket available. A key to our success is not only getting players turning out buy 30 Issue 01 also getting them heavily involved with batting and bowling responsibilities to keep their interest.” Community “We are situated in the heart of the local community and welcome both existing and new members working very well with local schools where our coaches deliver Chance 2 Shine sessions and after school clubs.” Challenges/Ambitions “The biggest challenges in the coming years are to reverse falling numbers and to avoid more clubs folding. A secondary challenge is to keep cricket affordable. A final challenge is to make sure the cricket offering is what the player want in terms of length of games, when matches are played etc. Our ambitions are to continue to attract junior cricketers of all ages from five upwards, develop a strong and sustainable Womens & Girls section and from a wider aspect continue to improve and upgrade our facilities within our financial budgets.”