Helensburgh CC Launch New Schools’ Programme

18 Mar

Helensburgh Cricket Club launched its 2015 Schools’ Cricket Programme on Thursday 5th March with a bespoke Kwik Cricket “Acquaint Evening” for local Primary School teachers. 

The session, which took place in the sports hall at Lomond School, was attended by ten teachers from six different primary schools – and was given a helping hand by some keen young cricketers from Helensburgh CC who helped to demonstrate some of the technical aspects of the evening.  The attendance of the teachers was made all the more impressive as the session took place from 7-8.30pm, meaning that the teachers who attended all gave up their free time to learn a little more about cricket and the support available to their respective schools from Helensburgh CC! 

Helensburgh Cricket Club has a proud tradition, having been in existence since 1882 – and the architect of the evening was the Club’s Junior Convenor Ian Chambers.  Ian, who was keen to use the evening to outline his plans for the development of school cricket in Helensburgh, was thrilled by the attendance from the local schools: “It was a great evening and the Club intends to follow this up with a festival day for the schools in the summer term.  It’s an easy way to get youngsters of all abilities playing, and enjoying the game, and the more the merrier”.  The Club has also provided each school with a Kwik Cricket set thanks to fundraising efforts run with the European Tour Caddies association. 

There was a special visit during the session from Colin Neill, the President of Cricket Scotland.  Colin felt the timing of the course was perfect: “The excitement generated by our participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup makes this a great time to get involved in the development of a new generation of cricketers. It is very nice to see a provincial club get involved in the community because, in my opinion, that is what cricket is about. I hope that this initiative will allow many young boys and girls to be introduced to the game and that they will gain many years of enjoyment through participation. I would also like to thank and praise the involvement of Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland’s Regional Participation Manager”.

The course was delivered by the national governing body, Cricket Scotland, as part of their coach education and development pathway. The course tutor was Regional Participation Manager Tim Hart, who is responsible for developing the sport of cricket in the west of Scotland.  Tim said: “The evening was specifically designed to support the needs of the school staff – with the Kwik Cricket Game Manager’s Course featuring prominently, along with another couple of games which I hope will help the teachers to provide safe and fun school sessions based on participation for all.  The evening would not have been possible without the vision and drive of Helensburgh Cricket Club – and I hope the evening proves to be the starting point for a great season of cricket within the town.” 

For more information about the project please contact: 

Ian Chambers, Helensburgh Cricket Club Junior Convenor, info@helensburghcc.com.

Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland, timhart@cricketscotland.com

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