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So here we are then! It's mid April, the sun is shining, the smell of freshly mown grass is in the air and the cricket season is back with us! This email is to say "Hello" to our new members and "welcome back" to old friends as we embark on the 2015 season.
It is also a great opportunity to let you know what the Club Committee has been doing over the winter months to make our club even better whilst you've all been resting weary limbs, oiling bats, cleaning spikes and practising your cover drives in the mirror (of course everybody does that don't they?)
Firstly, let me say a big "Thankyou" to everybody who has supported us via the Grow Your Tenner scheme on Localgiving. This has contributed over £5600 to club funds so far which is fantastic and very much appreciated.
Together with existing club funds this has enabled the committee to invest in our cricket facilities. Here are some of the changes you will see over the next few weeks:
Our magnificent new triple net bay. Primarily funded by a Sport England Grant together with a £5k contribution from the club. This will vastly increase our capacity to coach juniors and hold senior playing practice.
After 40 years of service, constructed and cared for by Club Elders, it is finally the point to call time on our loop road sightscreens on the grounds of health and safety. To replace them we have ordered new free standing sightscreens which will be with us in May. This will be at a cost of £6k to the club.
We have ordered a new mobile batting cage which has been funded by a grant from MK Community Foundation and Steve Wharton's parachute jump.
We are extending the patio to include the area in front of the garage area by partnering with Moulton College. This will be at a cost of £1k to the club whilst providing trainees the opportunity to learn their building skills on the job. This will be completed in May and the safety of our visitors will be paramount during this work. We hope this will enhance the experience of visiting the club and watching our matches.
We have ordered new boundary ropes to allow for easier pitch preparation for Juniors and Seniors in excess of a cost of £1k. These will be with us before the end of April.
Our Bar has been tidied up and given a facelift courtesy of Steve Osborne's time amongst other volunteers.
CricketForce, ably managed and coordinated by Rob Wells has given the pavilion, changing rooms and grounds a fresh look
While the club would like to invest further in our facilities if funds allow, clearly it has to balance this with the need to ensure it is able to meet the running costs of the club, maintenance of the ground and equipment as an example. That said, very often the committee is constrained in what it would like to do as much by the finite number of hours our volunteers can offer as anything else.
On the pitch this year we will be running 4 Saturday XIs, 2 Sunday XIs, Junior teams from U19s all the way down to Under10s, and younger age groups in our Friday night sessions. Our Girls teams also continue to go from strength to strength. It is worth remembering that our coaches have been busy most weekends throughout the winter, training our juniors and increasing their skill levels.
To keep all this running, offering as much cricket as possible for all abilities, is no easy task!
Whether you are a captain, an organiser, a coach, a tea lady (or gentleman), a parent, a bar steward, a scorer or one of our players (which is why we're here after all!) your support is very much appreciated and enables us to do everything that we do; we would be nothing without it.
Regardless of what standard of cricket you play this season make sure you practice hard; be the best you possibly can be on the pitch, for yourself and your team, and constantly strive to improve.
If we all focus on this on the pitch and off there is no doubt everybody will have another hugely successful summer.
We all think we have the best club in the area and I know that by the end of the Summer you will too!
Good luck and Yours in cricket,
If you are interested in finding out how you can help the club by volunteering (for example to do a bar duty, to help us manage an event, to offer your professional skills) then please contact the club secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org
Camps are open to girls and boys of all ages and abilities. This year there will be 4 camps running at SSCC:
Camp 1 – Easter Pre-season cricket camp - Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th April
Camp 2 – Summer cricket camp - Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th July
Camp 3 – Summer cricket camp - Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th August
Camp 4 – Summer cricket camp - Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th August
Prices: £25 per day or £65 per camp (3 days)
To register, email email@example.com with
Players name, date of birth and camp dates required.
We will reply with confirmation and payment details.
CRICKET FORCE 28th – 29th March 2015
Once again, plans are on-going for the annual Cricketforce weekend where we prepare the cricket club for the forthcoming season. For those who don’t know, this is a nationwide program sponsored by Natwest, whereby every cricket club in the land looks for support from its members to fix, clean, paint and generally get the club ready for the forthcoming season.
Last year we saw a massive success where a mini army turned out and we achieved so much that was ultimately enjoyed by all throughout the season.
Lots of jobs have been identified, resources are in place, what we need now is the most important thing – Hands! And lots of them…
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a paint brush from a yard brush, or a nail from a screw, there are jobs for everyone, young and old, just come along and get involved, it’s actually great fun.
There are also a couple of specialist jobs that need completing and would save the club lots of money. Therefore, if you have any specialist skills, (We are particularly looking for carpentry skills), then please let us know…
If you can give 1 hour of your time, please email: Damian.firstname.lastname@example.org with when you think you can help, (Saturday/Sunday). He will then co-ordinate with you nearer the time to finalise your commitment and times etc…
Thanks very much and hope you can help.
SENIOR WINTER NETS DETAILS
Every Tuesday from 3rd February 2015, 8 - 10pm
Northants indoor school (Lynn Wilson centre) - NN1 4PR
£5 per session
the indoor nets being closed for refurbishment 17+24 March we have
moved training to the Club.
Session will start at 7:00pm!
Final indoor net session will take place at the County Ground next week.
All players looking to play senior cricket welcome to attend
JUNIOR: The junior winter nets training is well underway, all juniors should have been Emailed back in mid September last year, as winter nets this winter season run from Mid October to Mid March. If you have any queries regarding junior winter nets please Email email@example.com for further information. Please include your child's name and date of birth.
2015 preseason senior winter nets will take place at the Northamptonshire County
Ground commencing on Tuesday 3rd February. They will run for nine weeks up
to Tuesday 31st March.
These will be run as open nets for anyone wanting to play senior weekend
Cricket during the 2015 season. More details with be sent out in the New Year.
2014 Senior Awards
After a thoroughly enjoyable Dinner & Dance on Saturday evening at the Cock Hotel (many thanks to Charlotte Bellew for all her efforts in organising the whole event!) it seems a good time to congratulate all the 2014 award winners.
The award winners are as follows:
Batsman Of The Year – Vicram Sohal
Bowler Of The Year – Alex Strong
Fielder Of The Year – Alex Strong
2nd XI Player Of The Year – Sai Ravikumar
3rd XI Player Of The Year – Ben Arnold
4th XI Player Of The Year - Craig Jolley
Sunday Player Of The Year – Ben Arnold
Most Improved Player Of The Year – Ben Arnold
U17's Batsman Of The Year – Arvind Ramesh
U17's Bowler Of The Year – Deepak Ravikumar
Players Player – Michael Brown
Clubman Of The Year – Steve Osborne
If any of these winners were not at the Dinner to receive their awards please contact Steve Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange collection.
Congratulations again to all the awards winners
The club has been awarded a grant of £25000 from Sport England to assist in the installation on an additional 2 non-turf wicket practice nets. These will be installed either side of the refurbished net at the loop road end of the ground. We are obviously thrilled at this award and hope to have everything in place by the opening of the 2015 season.
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark