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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
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
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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
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
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
SY: What are your plans for 2019?
SW: New three lane outdoor
refurbishments, creation of a junior oval