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North Leeds FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/SPORTYORKSHIRE 1 North Leeds CRICKET CLUB North Leeds CC does a fantastic job of providing people in their local area the opportunity to take part in cricket in a safe and enjoyable environment. Sport Yorkshire Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Steve Wales to find out more about how they have been getting along lately. SY: How long have you been involved and what first attracted you to the club? SW: I started playing at the club when I was 11 years old, (47 years ago) and loved cricket. My family had an involvement with the club (it remains a family community club) and since then I have played as a junior, senior and have held roles on the junior committee and I am now Chair and have been for the last 13 years. SY: What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your role? SW: The most challenging thing when I took over was that we had no money, a clubhouse that was falling to bits and a failing bar. Seeing the club flourishing and a committee and 40 Issue 01 members fully engaged in making it into a great place to enjoy cricket and social events is very rewarding. I believe a strong structure with people engaged in seeking excellence provides a base for members of all ages to enjoy cricket either as players, members or spectators. Now being chairman at NLCC is a pleasure (95% of the time!) as we have so many top- quality people involved and invested in delivering something they can all be proud of. SY: How’s the general mood down at the club at the moment? SW: Very buoyant as they can see all their hard work and fund raising being ploughed back into the club, with a vibrant committee always looking for the next project to push the club forward. SY: How would you say 2018 went for the club? SW: 2018 was a year of planning, fundraising and consolidation in preparation for a big push late 2018 and into 2019. All the cricket teams responded and provided us with the best season on the field for many years matching the efforts off the field which in turns brings new members and players. SY: What are your plans for 2019? SW: New three lane outdoor net facility, clubhouse internal refurbishments, creation of a junior oval