Moray Cricket Association is thinking outside the box

29 Jan

Not content with sitting on its laurels, collective or otherwise, the first winner of the Last Man Stands award for Community Involvement, Moray Cricket Association, is challenging conventional wisdom and established methods of fund-raising to support its schools coaching programme.

Allan Duncan, MCA Secretary, will be running in this year’s London Marathon. He will be one of the countless many who each year don a vest and running shoes over that punishing 26 and a bit miles to raise funds for a favourite charity. Allan’s aim is, simply, to raise enough money (£2,500) to ensure that the schools in Moray continue to benefit from the services of Community Coach, Neil Nicol; the more he raises, of course, the more the group will be able to do!

Speaking during a rare moment when not organising MCA business or indeed Elgin Cricket Club activities (he is club President and Head Coach) and, these days, burning-up the miles around his Fochabers home, the father of two said: “I’ve always wanted to run in the London Marathon,  just hearing the intro music each year to BBC coverage is enough to raise the hairs on the back of my neck. Seeing the enjoyment and love of cricket develop in youngsters is hugely rewarding, with Moray Cricket Association a major part in the successful growth of junior participation in Moray, so it made sense to tie the two together and raise funds for them.”

Allan has set-up a Just Giving page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/allan-duncan  - please donate as little or as much as you feel able to do.

The Moray Cricket Association is made-up of clubs and volunteers from the Moray clubs Buckie, Elgin, Fochabers and Forres together with Huntly CC and Nairn County CC. It is a rare development group in Scotland in that both Moray Sports Development and Active Schools attend meetings. Moray Active Schools coordinates the schools coaching programme which culminates in four club-based P6 Kwik Cricket Festivals and an Area qualifying tournament for the National Primary Schools tournament. With Local Authority involvement it is perhaps no coincidence that this programme has been running annually for over 7 years.

Moray School’s teams have also competed in the Cricket Factory Cup (4 in 2015), the Secondary Schools Cup and a combined Moray Schools Girls team came second at last year’s National Secondary Schools Girls (S1-3) Cup. All of these were run through the MCA but in 2016 Moray Active Schools will be adding these to the annual sporting calendar.

MCA’s junior club programme also includes regular softball competition with a series of 8-a-side pairs Kwik Cricket festivals throughout the summer (for the Eadie Walls Trophy), an Under-14s hardball league (also 8-a-side but 20 overs; the Gordon Baxter Junior League), an Under-16s hardball league (conventional T20), an inter club girls league (playing weekly and a variety of formats) and an annual indoor league programme for clubs ; the girls play for the Iain MacDonald Trophy and there is also a club league.

To keep up to date on MCA activities a new website is being launched; you can find it at moraycricket.co.uk

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