CS and WDCU sign Partnership Agreement
One of the key elements of the national governing body’s current strategic plan is to decentralise the management of the domestic game, whilst strengthening the roles and responsibilities of the regional associations. As a major step towards this, Cricket Scotland and the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU) have recently concluded discussions and signed a formal partnership agreement. The four year agreement will start in the 1st of January 2014, and devolve authority across many areas to the WDCU in order to allow them to control and manage all cricket within the west of the country.
Discussions are also taking place with the East of Scotland Cricket Association (ESCA) and the league associations north of the Forth with the aim of setting up a constituted ‘Caledonia’ district. The aim is to have three fully functional regional associations, each with formal partnership agreements in place, by the end of 2014.
The key elements of the partnership between CS and the WDCU are that the WDCU will control all domestic cricket played within the WDCU region. The two organisations’ respective roles as these pertain to discipline, participation, player development pathways and structures, and regional representative cricket are also clearly set out in the agreement. Importantly, all clubs within the WDCU area will also continue to affiliate to both the WDCU and CS, and the agreement sees CS provide the WDCU with a finance package to support the delivery of their responsibilities under the agreement.
Commenting on the formal partnership with the WDCU, Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Roddy Smith was delighted with the progress made in driving forward the organisation’s regional agenda. ‘’A key priority for Cricket Scotland is to strengthen our regional associations and devolve the management of the day to day business of running cricket in their areas to them. Our agreement with the WDCU is a natural progression for both bodies and we hope is a clear template to use in our ongoing discussions with the other regional associations. We look forward to working very closely with the WDCU in the coming years to drive forward the development of the game in the west of the country recognising that the local management of cricket against a national strategy is the best way to support all cricket in the region.
Sai Majeed, Chairman of the WDCU commented: ‘After concluding a historic partnership agreement with Cricket Scotland, the WDCU looks forward to an exciting and challenging period. The challenge will be to deliver a stable and successful format of league cricket after several years of change. We are confident the WDCU can deliver this with the continued support and understanding of its member clubs and together we can create a new vision of whole club development incorporating the existing WDCU landscape, which has been proven to be popular and successful. This transition will not happen overnight and will require the imagination and foresight of the WDCU committees to try and make it as seamless as possible in a demanding first season in 2014.
It is a great honour for me to be chairman of the WDCU at this historic moment, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Tommy Halpin for laying the foundations for this partnership with his tremendous efforts, and the incredible commitment of all the WDCU committee members to bring us where we are today. Cricket Scotland with Roddy Smith as CEO have made this possible with a support package designed to enhance cricket in the West and to take us forward to a new era of devolution.’