East Renfrewshire find a new home

04 May

After three years of leading a structured cricket coaching delivery program into the schools in East Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire Cricket Club is delighted to be able to announce that the club has finally secured their new home ground at Woodfarm Playing Fields, Berryhill Drive, Giffnock, G46 7AF.   

The installation of the artificial wicket took place late last year and the club is very close to finishing phase 1 of the development.  Phase 2 will begin shortly - and hopefully by the start of next year there will be a grass wicket, garage, and outdoor nets.  Woodfarm Pavilion has also been secured as the changing facility for all home matches; it has a lovely tea/dining area, a large kitchen and 4 changing rooms with a panoramic view of the north-south wicket.  With the new facility comes a change of name from Hamilton CC to East Renfrewshire CC. All of the club’s teams will now be known as East Renfrewshire Cricket Club. 

A busy three years has seen the club deliver over 300 hours cricket coaching into 17 Primary sSchools and 6 High Schools - running curricular time taster sessions followed by after school clubs and then offering a pathway to their club.  The club has also hosted a regional qualifying event in the National Primary Schools’ Cup (which saw 10 primary schools participate) and due the support they have been able to offer the schools, there has been a year on year increase in the number of High Schools competing in the Cricket Factory Cup – with the early indications being that six of the seven schools will enter the 2016 competition. 

The indoor facility at the Foundry, Barrhead has also been a great success offering net practice and indoor games throughout the winter months. 

The junior section goes from strength to strength, with the club having entered a record four teams into the 2016 West District Junior Cricket Union (WDJCU) league programme, as well as having a vibrant Kwik Cricket section that has been, and will continue to be, seen regularly at Sunday morning festivals. 

Reflecting on the fantastic progress over the last few years, Ammar Ashraf, the club’s ever-effervescent Junior Convenor commented: “The club’s partnership approach with East Renfrewshire Council, Active Schools, ERC Sports Services, Local Schools, Cricket Scotland, sportscotland and an incredible amount of work has led us to this success.  However, we are well aware that the hard work has just started.” 

Anyone wishing further information about the incredible progress at East Renfrewshire Cricket Club should contact Ammar directly:ammar40ashraf@hotmail.com.

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