Youth Section - 2019 A Brief Summary
The 2019 youth cricket season is over – boo hoo!
We’ve had nearly 200 registrations, split almost evenly between Boys and Girls, unique across the region, we’ve had girls playing in the Gloucs County set up and boys playing in the Wilts County and District set up, put forward twenty players to Gloucs and Wilts County trials, we delivered a successful All Stars Programme (the ECB’s flagship scheme, and a huge thank you to Ian Orr), we won more than we lost (our managers for the U11 Boys and U9 Girls have a better win rate than Sir Alex Ferguson, wrong sport I know!), we had eight boys and six girls transition (temporarily!) to senior cricket and, we were the first club in Wiltshire to achieve our Clubmark Re-accreditation.
Clubmark is Sport England’s “national accreditation scheme for high-quality community sports clubs”. It allows the junior and senior teams to participate in league competitions, among other things. It involved submitting around one hundred pieces of evidence and an assessment of one of our youth training nights by an ECB representative. This is some undertaking for a voluntary organisation! Thanks to all involved (especially Jonathan Burnstone).
Regular visitors know I often ask for help, and this is why. Forty coaches regularly turn out to deliver youth training on a Friday night, and there is an army of people doing all sorts of things behind the scenes to enable the section to operate compliantly. Please do step forward if you think you can help!
Our transition plan for the Youth Secretary role has not worked quite as planned so we are looking out for someone to step into it, to do a year or two! If that may be you, please do get in touch.