Inverclyde Cricket Club Host Successful Schools’ Festival
The Inverclyde Cricket Club coaching team were bowled over by the enthusiasm of the young people of the Primary Schools in Gourock, when they competed in the newly inaugurated “John A. Blair Trophy”. The competition took place at Ravenscraig Sports Centre, on Tuesday 31st March 2015, featuring a ‘Racing Cricket’ format – and was run thanks to valuable support from Inverclyde Active Schools. The Primary 6 pupils did their schools (Gourock Primary School, Moorfoot Primary School and St Ninian’s Primary School), and themselves, proud.
The trophy was named after Inverclyde’s former Junior Convenor, John Blair, a member of the club since the 1950s and Junior Convenor since 1989. John stood down as Junior Convenor at the end of the 2014 season but remains an integral and important part of the Club’s coaching team.
One place that was certainly not quiet on the afternoon was Ravenscraig Sports Centre, as the games were very keenly and enthusiastically contested by teams – the Moorfoot MegaStars, the St. Ninian’s Minions and Go-u-rock. At the end of play Moorfoot were the overall winners, with St. Ninian’s the best batting side and Go-u-Rock the best fielding side. There were no losers on a day when good sportsmanship and fun were evident – and where cricket was definitely the overall winner.
Cricket Scotland West Regional Participation Manager, Tim Hart, was on hand and observed: “It was great to be invited and to see the continuation of the good work being done by Inverclyde CC. Through its Growing Cricket in Inverclyde (GCI) project the Club has been working very hard with local partners to engage young people and the community, in cricket. The festival was well managed and well delivered – it was great to see the enjoyment that the pupils had during their afternoon.”
Councillor Ronnie Ahlfeld, a keen observer and a champion of sport in Inverclyde for some years, was on hand to present the trophy to The MegaStars of Moorfoot. All the players received certificates, a “goodie bag” and everyone left with smiles on their faces.
Jim Murphy, ICC Junior Convenor, noted: “We see involving youngsters at this level as the optimum way to get them, hopefully, not only to add to their skills and to join the club pathway but to continue to play though to their adulthood. This is a central part of our Growing Cricket in Inverclyde (GCI) initiative, which is designed to revitalise the game in this area. Inverclyde now has only two clubs (Greenock CC and Inverclyde CC) whilst in living memory there were at least ten!”
Inverclyde Cricket Club would like to thank their sponsors for their support – Pro Dream USA, Inverclyde Catering Events and Carpetrite. The club would also like to thank Inverclyde Community Development Trust for their assistance with branded caps.
For more information about the project please contact:
Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Murphy, Inverclyde Cricket Club Junior Convenor, email@example.com
Douglas Pilkington, Inverclyde Cricket Club President, firstname.lastname@example.org