Cricket Scotland Annual Report 2013
Ahead of the AGM this coming Sunday, 23rd March at Stirling County CC, Cricket Scotland today published their annual report for 2013. The report gives a full account of activity during the year, covering progress in participation, coaching, umpiring and performance.
Cricket Scotland’s development programme, which again won recognition with an ICC award for the Best Overall Development Programme in Europe, continued to deliver excellent results across the length and breadth of Scotland.
With 341 schools taking part in the schools cups, 150 attending umpire courses, over 300 coaches attending courses and over 3,000 people attending our come and try events, we are continuing to work hard to grow and develop the game. With just under 70,000 people taking part in structured cricket activity in 2013, our key challenge remains the need to ensure we continue to grow our club membership and the numbers playing regular club cricket at junior and senior levels.
The annual report also highlights two examples of great practice in the Live Active Perth and Kinross disability programme, and the work of the Dundee Cricket Development Group, showing how strong local programmes can make a huge impact in developing the game.
The Scotland national team finished 3rd and 5th at the end of the recent Intercontinental and World Cricket League cycles, and just missed out on securing a place at the World T20.
Throughout the year there were some excellent individual and team performances from the senior squad, not least a clean sweep against Kenya across all three formats of the game, during their series in Aberdeen last summer.
The senior women’s team continued their progress and enjoyed international wins against Japan, Canada and Thailand, and finishing 3rd in ECB Division 3. New regional events were introduced in both the men’s and women’s games.
Girls and women’s’ cricket continues to grow at pace, with over 700 players now playing indoor and outdoor competitive cricket.
The Under 19 side convincingly won the European Championships and qualified for the 2014 World Cup, while the Under 15s and 17s also enjoyed success in their games against our European counterparts over the summer.
As part of the budgeted four year planning cycle, Cricket Scotland increased their turnover by 23% to over £2.1M showing a loss of £38K on the year.
Cricket Scotland welcomed new sponsors on board in The Parkmead Group, LiveSport, Witherby Publishing Group, Cricket Factory and Peacock Salt while partnerships were made with Nuffield Health, Cricket Archive, Masuri Teamwear and CricHQ.
Cricket Scotland also worked closely with BBC Scotland in the production of a half hour Sport Nation programme dedicated to cricket.
In June, the ICC awarded Scotland and Ireland the hosting rights for the 2015 World T20 qualifying event. This is a huge commitment for both countries as we will welcome 14 teams to join the two hosts in an event that will consist of over 70 games to decide the qualifiers for the 2016 World T20.
Cricket Scotland also entered into a formal partnership with the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU) in late 2013, thus enabling the WDCU to control and deliver all cricket in their area in close partnership with the governing body.
The devolving of power to our regional associations is a key component of Cricket Scotland’s strategic plan and it is hoped that the WDCU agreement is the forerunner to further partnerships in the East and North of the country.