LWC Drinks Cornwall Cricket League Media Statement November 2017
Ludgvan and St Minver Cricket Clubs have both accepted demotion from County Division 1 of the LWC Drinks Cornwall Cricket League. They have withdrawn their appeals to the Cornwall Cricket Board (CCB) against the decision of the League to relegate them for failing to be Clubmark accredited by 31st October 2017.
‘ECB Clubmark’ is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and is licensed from Sport England as part of their wider Clubmark scheme.
ECB Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people.
The requirement for County Division 1 clubs to be Clubmark accredited was voted in by clubs at the AGM in January 2014 to take effect for 2016, but has been deferred for two years.
Ludgvan Cricket Club withdrew their appeal stating “Having failed to obtain Clubmark accreditation before 31st October 2017, and exhausting every avenue possible, it’s with a heavy heart that we accept our fate of relegation to Divison 2 West.
We hope the CCB recognise the fact that we have made huge progress and laid an excellent foundation to obtaining Clubmark accreditation in a short time, which we have every ambition to complete next season. We would like to thank Joe Skinner and Michelle Kent (CCB) for their time, effort and sound advice.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the League Management Committee for their patience and quick response, and support throughout this difficult process.
As a club we now look forward to 2018 and relish the chance of starting a thriving youth section and gaining promotion back to County 1”.
St Minver Cricket Club withdrew their appeal after officers realised there had been numerous communications made by the CCB’s Community Development Officer regarding their Clubmark reaccreditation throughout the summer, which had not been acted on. The club have apologised to the League stating they had been acting in good faith and were not in any way trying to appeal the decision by giving false information.
The League accepts St Minver’s apology and appreciate the efforts of the club’s new administration as they aim to be Clubmark accredited again at the earliest opportunity.
As a result of the two vacancies Werrington seconds and Roche will not now be relegated from County Division 1.
The proposed Development League in the west of the county, replacing Saturday regular league games, will not take place due to a lack of entries.