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Yorkshire Cricket Board - supporting & developing grassroots cricket


issue 1, Nov 2016

Is it time to put on the White Coat? Volume 1, Issue 1, Date The long winter months are an opportunity to learn a new skill and train for a new role in cricket. There are lots of opportunities to learn the ins and outs of the game – click for details of a course running near you. There may be someone within your club who is looking for an opportunity to become more involved by Umpiring or who may want to take their knowledge to a higher level – ask around, a new umpire could be enticed by some training….

YCB website — for more news

The ECB has launched its brand new entry level programme for cricket clubs - All Stars Cricket. The new programme is aimed at engaging children aged 5 to 8 years old in cricket and is being planned to go live in May 2017. Any cricket club interested in learning more about the programme should complete the expression of interest form no later than the 9th December, this to secure an invitation to an information session in the New Year 9 (details to follow).

The future unveiled for the recreational game Cricket Unleashed Take time to have a look at the focus for how we develop the recreational game together. The strategy covers competitions, casual cricket, working with communities and new ways to engage children in cricket. Click here to see more.

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These girls can – and did! Girls and Womens cricket is booming in the village of Alne near Easingwold mainly as a result of the efforts of ELEANA GOBBI and JADE BEAUMONT. Eleana and Jade’s cricket adventures started when they represented their Cricket Development Group girls team. At 14 they realised there were little or no opportunities for girls wanting to play cricket in their area so decided to start their own team by recruiting their school rounders side! Since then the club has recruited over 20 younger girls who now have Eleana and Jade as their role models. The club has progressed to having a team in the Nidderdale Womens league and in doing so recruited a number of more senior players, all who have enjoyed playing cricket for the first time. From a small village of about 700 there are now upwards of 40 girls and women playing cricket! Eleana and Jade’s achievement were recognised at the YCB Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards when they awarded joint winners of the young volunteer of the year (pictured receiving their award from Mark Arthur, YCCC CEX) Have you dipped into the ECB Website recently? It includes new support features for clubs, officials, coaches and groundsman. Click here to see. Coaches Seminar – the Yorkshire Coaches Association winter seminar is being held on Sat.7th January at Headingley. For details email

Small Grants Scheme The application process is now open to clubs for the 2016/17 Scheme. Grants are available to support: get the game on initiatives; energy efficiency projects; or the development of social and kitchen areas. For more details click here

East Yorkshire & Selby Cricket Development Team ran a night focusing on the

migration of children from Chance to Shine to sessions in schools to local Cricket Clubs in East Yorkshire. The session was about ways to increase numbers of junior players at cricket clubs and the use Games Based Learning to promote the enjoyment of the game at junior club sessions. Junior club coaches had the opportunity to learn about what happens at a Chance to Shine School session and how to recreate this at junior cricket club sessions. The emphasis of the night was the use of different games to hook kids into cricket from a young age. Twenty-one coaches from 12 different cricket clubs participated in the event which included some healthy discussion about junior participation in cricket. To view the video click here. Further events are being planned – watch the website for details.

In line with planned developments for Women and Girls Cricket, a Yorkshire Women’s 2nd XI team will play in the new ECB run league next season. From a recent review and consultation with Division 1 County sides, the ECB have agreed to county sides running 2nd XI teams in 2017. The new sides will compete in new North and South Division leagues with the Yorkshire 2nds to play Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire in home and away fixtures. The new side will be coached by Joe Ashdown (last year’s Girls U17s manager) with Harriet Barr as Manager.

Coaches – have you tried ICoach cricket? Lots of resources here and opportunities to keep learning!

Changes to County Age Group Changes are happening to the structure and running of County Age Group boys cricket in Yorkshire. For the 2017 season the Yorkshire County Age Group sides (from U10s to U15s) will be run under the banner of Yorkshire Cricket. The changes have follow a 24 month review of the structure, delivery and fixture lists for all County Age Group Boys Teams. Andrew Watson, Executive Director for the Yorkshire Cricket Board said ‘’ The ECB have given an indication as to where they want County Age Group Cricket to sit and how it features in their long term plans. Whilst placing on record our thanks for all that Yorkshire Schools Cricket Association (YSCA) have achieved over 75 years, all at Yorkshire cricket are excited about the way ahead for elite junior cricket development within the County’’. For more information about the new structures, including the names of the new team managers and coaches please click here

Coaches Seminar – the Yorkshire Coaches Association winter seminar is being held on Saturday 7 th January at Headingley. For more details email

Focus on… In each newsletter we will focus on someone who is developing participation and involvement in cricket, giving them to the opportunity to outline their work in their own words. In this issue we focus on Tom Bates, YCB Disability Engagement Officer ‘’Disability cricket in Yorkshire is growing day by day. The Inspire Fund (courtesy of Chance to Shine) allows me and other coaches to deliver a high quality product in Special Education Needs (S.E.N) schools. Over the past 2 years the competition pathway for the schools has grown, with schools from North, South, East and West Yorkshire participating against each other to see who is crowned Yorkshire Inclusion champions ( indoor and outdoor). With the help of key partners, Hub clubs have been successfully set up across the county. So, for those keen cricketers within the schools, opportunities now exist for these players to continue to develop their cricketing skills outside school. With level 2 qualified coaches running the club sessions, a new link is in place for players to progress to the Yorkshire Terriers county team. Yorkshire Cricket Board is also in partnership with the Lords Taverners, delivering a table cricket program across Yorkshire. Table cricket is a fully inclusive and engaging game that any participant in S.E.N schools can achieve success in. With a competition structure slowly developing I expect 2017 and beyond to see big strides in the recognition of table cricket with competitions mirroring the success of the Inspire Fund cricket! As well as school delivery, Yorkshire Cricket Board are developing cricket in other targeted areas. The main one being Cricket for those with mental health conditions. Successful partnerships have been up with Creative Minds, NHS, MIND and Mencap through which we are aiming to develop cricketing hubs across the county. New activity is happening in Halifax, Batley and Barnsley with sessions being planned in Sheffield for 2107. The benefits from participating in cricket are evident including social, physical and new educational with the recent assistance from the Yorkshire Sport Foundation who will be supporting 12 candidates through a Coach Support Worker course. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Inclusion Sport across Yorkshire - if you require information on how to get involved please contact me on:’’

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