Christmas is upon us and 2017 has flown by, however it has been an exciting if not a busy year with the new ECB All Stars initiative. Cornwall ended up seeing 450 five to eight year olds playing cricket, many for the first time across 19 All Stars Centres.
2018 will be as busy with All Stars. We have been challenged by the ECB to raise our enrolment to over a 1000 participants. At this stage, Cornwall has 29 expressions of interest in running All Stars, which is excellent news for children and indeed those clubs.
All Stars clubs that have had good numbers, have seen an increase in participation, but also a rise in income and volunteers, which are two things all cricket clubs want and need. All Stars has clearly worked and in the New Year, we will be hands on in driving participation in schools into clubs intending to deliver All Stars in May 2018.
The next challenge is youth cricket and taking organisation back out to designated areas. Unfortunately, whilst All Stars Cricket has been positive, the Youth League has had its issues and volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the years have decided to hang their boots up. As ever, we cannot deliver the amount of cricket we do without people giving up their time, so many thanks to all who volunteer their time, but at this stage, we do not have a youth league planned for the summer of 2018. Youth cricket will happen, but in what form we are not sure, we are devising whilst at the same time working with the ECB on a potential pilot programme. However, when it comes to fixtures and results for 2018, we will be coming out to clubs to support the coordination of such games.
Women’s cricket is to be a priority for 2018, driving participation through softball cricket opportunities and festivals. There will be opportunities accessible to you over the winter and summer. We would like to hear what women and girls want from the game. There will be a women and girl’s forum in February where we would like all to attend, those that do play and those that do not but would if the game was different, your voice is important.
We are conscious that at the heart of all activity is the club and without clubs and volunteers who run clubs, we would not have any outlets for participation. You will remain vital and we will be striving to work with clubs more so, putting events on and centring our activity to support clubs where possible.
Have a great Christmas; we hope that 2018 is a successful year for your club and players?”
A big season of Indoor Sixes is already underway, with the Knockout Cup being completed in December, before we move on to a record-equalling 21-team League competition, running every Sunday in January, February and March. We are delighted to see new or returning entries from CSM, St Just. Porthleven, Perranarworthal, Hayle and The Road, along with extra teams from Redruth and Falmouth. Finals Day is 25th March.
The Women’s Sixes took place in November, with Penzance claiming their first trophy, and we hope to have another event on Sunday 8th April.
Also on the Women/Girls’ scene, there is a Forum planned for Wednesday 7th February, when we hope to gather everyone’s opinion on how best to continue the excellent progress being made in the Women’s game in Cornwall.
In March, we will also be working again with Western Storm, who will be running their Champions course for us, which consists of a Coach Support Worker course and modules on umpiring/scoring and Promoting Your Club.
Mon 12th Feb-safe hands course-6.30-9.30pm at the Cricket Centre the cost will be £30. All clubs need to have a child welfare officer that has attended this course and which needs renewing every 3 years. If you are unsure if your club needs to attend then please get in touch with Michelle Kent on firstname.lastname@example.org who can help.
There will be a 2nd date on Mon 12th March for anyone that can’t attend the first date, all details the same as the Feb course.