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National Recognition for the Youth Section

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Marshfield Cricket Club received national recognition from the ECB – the sport’s governing body - for the progress it has made in developing its coaching capability over the last few years.  The club made the short-list of three in the ‘Coaching Club of the Year’ award category, along with Ashington CC (just north of Newcastle) and our close neighbours and friends, Frenchay.  

In Wiltshire alone, there are around 40 clubs with youth sections.  This really is a remarkable effort - by the club and by the local community which so wonderfully supports it, week in week out, throughout the year.  So, well done and thank you to all involved!

MCC boasts around 40 coaches (twenty-five male and fifteen female) who coach regularly through the summer months.  Our coaching community includes players from our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and women teams, as well as many parent volunteers.  And, with nearly 200 registered youth players, every single one is critical!

It’s not just a question of numbers. Significant financial investment has been made to ensure there are sufficient numbers of qualified coaches.  At the last count, the club counted eleven ECB Level 2 coaches and fourteen ECB Coach Support workers.   

Our youth secretary, Robin Hand was lucky enough to attend a rather smart ECB-hosted dinner at Ashridge House, with his wife Clara, to receive the nomination from Sajid Mahmood, a former England Test Cricketer.

If you’d like to get involved in this thriving club, in any capacity (playing, coaching or administration), please do get in touch!

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 Robin Hand

 

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