Great turn out at Club Forum

On Wednesday 12th December, over 90 people attended a Club Forum hosted by Northants Cricket, they represented 39 of the cricket clubs in the County which was an excellent turnout. Ray Payne the Chief executive started off the evening by explaining the recent merger between Northants Recreational Cricket and the Club.

Scott Borman from the ECB joined us to talk all things Cricket World Cup, explaining how cricket clubs can get involved as well as applying for money to help digitalise the club or to improve the catering facilities.

The new Recreational Department structure was explained to the clubs by David Hartley who is a Director of Northamptonshire County Cricket club with the responsibility for the recreational game. There have been some exciting changes within the workforce, which will enable the new Clubs and Community managers to work closer with our clubs.

The attendees were split into two groups; the junior coordinators went to find out about the All Stars and Chance to Shine programmes which are organised by our Schools Programme Manager and also about the idea of introducing Coaches Ambassadors at clubs which was delivered by Dave Leighton a Coach Development Manager for the ECB.

The other group which included the Chairman, Secretaries, Treasurers etc had Sue Redfern MBE talk to them about ECB funding streams before the local funding stream Northamptonshire Community Foundation was introduced. The group discussed the benefits of having Clubmark Accreditation and the importance of a club having safeguarding policies, a development plan as well as all their coaches having the relevant checks; DBS, Safeguarding Young Cricketers and First Aid qualifications.

All clubs are reliant upon volunteers to ensure the club runs effectively, each year we have an OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) event. The 2019 process was explained to the clubs and they were asked to start thinking about who they would nominate towards one of the ten awards.

Callum Berrill from the Commercial Department gave information regarding local club offers for tickets, the Women’s International games taking place at the County Ground and the Community day.

Over the coming months elements of the presentation will be developed further with the Recreational Department working closer with the clubs who have already voiced some positive feedback about the event.