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ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007 – 2012. CLUB STRUCTURE. WHAT DO WE HAVE? We have a club affiliated to the England and Wales Cricket Board through its membership of the Warwickshire Cricket Board. We achieved “Clubmark” status in 2004, and were designated a “Focus” Club in March 2006.Ansley operates an “open door” policy, but the General Committee can intervene if a player is transferred while still owing monies to his previous club. The Ansley Sports Cricket Club General Committee are scheduled to meet on a monthly basis, this operates throughout the calendar year. All members, whether playing or non-playing, are aware that they can contact any committee member if problems arise. The policies adopted by the club reflect the views of all parties, players and non-players, juniors, and their parents. The one committee deals with all aspects of the club, finance, ground and facility matters, but during 2006, a sub-committee was set up to establish the needs of the coaching team. The activities of the club were expanded in 2005, and again in 2006. It was decided to establish a 4th X1 to play in the Single Teams Division 3 of the Warwickshire League, and to expand the Thursday teams to two, a 2nd X1 playing in 2006. The club continued with Under 9’s, Under 11’s, Under 13’s (two teams) Under 15’s and Under 17’s. All of these teams were entered into leagues for their own age groups. The Ansley ladies team continues to grow in terms of numbers, and females began to appear in the Saturday League sides. The addition of a 4th X1 meant a full season at Alderman Smith School, but the request for grass pitches sent club officials on a quest to find a suitable “home”, possibly for 2008. On the field, the senior team finished 6th in Div. 1, the 2nd X1 were champions of Div. 2 2nd X1’s league, and the 3rd X1 were promoted as runners up in ST.D.2. The 4th X1 did much better than expected, many of the younger players gaining valuable experience. The Ansley Thursday 1st X1 failed to shine after being champions for two successive seasons, but they did secure the K.O. Plate Trophy. The 2nd X1 played well, and included the bowling average winner Matt. Fisher. The highlight of the season was the defeat of Exhall and Wixford in the Regional Final of the National Village Competition, Ansley becoming champions of the Warwickshire and Leicestershire Group. An attempt to obtain Sunday League Cricket failed when the Zam Zam League collapsed after one game, but the Sunday Fixtures arranged by Brian Boyd attracted many of the younger players. The problems with a lack of pitches disappeared with the installation of a £7,000 artificial pitch. The club staged a Warwickshire North Eastern Regional game during August, this was a great success. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? The structure of the club is basically sound, although the loss of the Secretary for 6 month on a teaching course has put a strain on the administration of the club. Attendance at some Committee meetings could become a matter for concern, this will be addressed at the 2007 A.G. M. Our relationship with the North Warwickshire Borough Council remains good, and we have approached them with a scheme to develop the Arley cricket ground which last saw cricket in 1975. We would like to have a ground there to enable our 3rd and 4th X1’s to play on grass wickets. We await the outcome of a survey by the Council’s Consultants “In Space” which is due out in March 2007. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? The club cannot progress any further with its plans for a permanent location to play on grass wickets until the North Warwickshire Borough Council assess their report. We have successfully applied for another Regional game. In the meantime, the club is actively pursuing grounds for the 3rd X1 (grass wickets), but it is likely that another season will have to be booked at Alderman Smith School. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007- 2012 JUNIOR SECTION. WHAT DO WE HAVE? The club and the Warwickshire Cricket Board in partnership have established contact with several Primary and Junior Schools in the area. Two senior schools, Alderman Smith Sports College and Hartshill School continue with their support. There are now no gaps in the age groups, Under 9’s to Under 15’s are now being catered for. The club decided that there was no longer a need to continue with the Under 17’s, as most of them are now playing several days per week within one or other of the senior teams which have been introduced in the club. The third bay of the net complex was completed in 2006 and the framework and nets refurbished. Junior coaching nights (Friday) now attract as many as 70 children, hence the need for more helpers and coaches. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? The club is well equipped for Junior Coaching, with a “Bola” bowling machine, three bay nets, two portable nets, and helmets etc. all available. The quantity of children has made it desirable that we have an attendance/admin officer present on the night. This will be resolved at the 2007 A. G.M. We intend to send three helpers on coaching Courses, and are exploring funding possibilities. This costs approx £175 per person. We are also looking for helpers on Junior Training night, courses are available, demand is being assessed by the sub-committee. The Head Coach has requested a Video unit, the committee are awaiting costing and product information on this item. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? Without question, we have a thriving Junior Section, and a lot of interested parents. We set aside an evening for the Junior Presentation, and this was attended by in the region of 200 people. This provided encouragement to the club in general. On the playing side, the club continues to unearth talent that will certainly progress into Regional cricket, and more than likely into County Junior status. The Head Coach will continue to present boys for trials at Edgbaston, being coach of the North Eastern Region, he has a direct link. With the help of the Warwickshire Cricket Development Section, we need to make full use of the children entrusted to us in the coming seasons. It is intended that Contracts with the local schools will be renewed in September each year. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007 – 2012 TEACHING AND COACHING WHAT DO WE HAVE? We have one of the best coaching teams in the local area, the advancement in the skills of the boys and girls who attend the Friday Coaching are plain to see. We are involved in leagues that cover all age groups, and we hold “soft ball Tournaments ” at the ground for the youngest members, with invitations being extended to other local clubs We now have a three bay net facility, two portable nets, and an artificial pitch of the highest quality. Indoor coaching for Junior players starts around February each year, and runs for around twelve weeks. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? This is one of the best equipped clubs in the local area, but the Head Coach A. K. Davies feels that it would benefit the players if he could obtain a Video facility that he could play back to pinpoint the weaknesses. This was discussed by the general committee following a request from the Coaching Sub- Committee and we are waiting on costs and product information. The increase in numbers has presented a problem, and we need an admin person at the ground to take the money and record the attendance on arrival. This will be considered at the next A. G. M. We are looking at funding to send three more people on Coaching Courses in 2007. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? We need to book these people onto the courses, and to contact the various funding bodies. This can only benefit the Ansley Cricket Club as it looks forward over the next five years. We need to continue with the Presentation Evening for the local youngsters, being a separate occasion to the one for the senior players. Sponsorship for the Junior Section as a body will need to be pursued over the next 5 years. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007- 2012 MEMBERSHIP WHAT DO WE HAVE? We have a club that carries qualified umpires, a qualified groundsman, and three club scorers. The square is maintained by the members, and the end of season work is carried out by the club. The North Warwickshire Borough Council supply the materials and the machinery, we provide the labour. This arrangement saves the local authority a considerable sum of money. The quality of the square has improved markedly since we undertook this task, previously carried out by Council contractors. We have a social organiser, the club undertook its ninth tour to Spain in October 2006, this time visiting Menorca C.C. We hope to return in 2007 and there is also a strong possibility that the club may venture into cricket in the South of France, also in 2007. We extend invitations to other clubs for these tours, this has led to an increase in our own membership over the years. We have expertise in teaching, building, administration, engineering, surveying, planning, and I. T. skills, and can well take care of the normal day to day tasks that arise. We have a well used club website with a special section for juniors, match reports for league games and friendly fixtures are published, the league matches are also sent to the local papers. There is an introductory leaflet in the local library. We have links with Alderman Smith Sports College and Hartshill School, and have added five more local Junior/Primary Schools, thanks to the assistance of the Warwickshire Cricket Development Officer. Below are listed the numbers of people that were recruited over the last six season, these all took part in Saturday League cricket 2001 – 8; 2002 – 7; 2003 – 12; 2004 – 13; 2005 – 14 ; 2006 – 35. These figures reflect the ongoing effects of the Youth Scheme and the interest shown by the general public. The number engaged in League Cricket for 2006 was 80, and the memberships of the club in total has now passed 150. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? Ansley is now very much a family club, thanks to the influx of children and the interest shown by the parents. The club has allocated places on the general committee for the female section of the club, this has already borne fruit, they now organise many of the club social events, and can report their needs directly to the committee. There is always room for more members, and we must increase our quest for more senior players. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? We need to maintain our efforts in all these areas, and as far as the senior cricket is concerned, we need to be looking to the players of the age of 17 to replace the present members of the senior squad when the y step down. We must resolve to continue to attract players young and old to life at Ansley Sports Cricket Club. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007 –2012 FACILITIES WHAT DO WE HAVE ? We play on a ground that has hosted cricket for over 100 years. From 1898 to 1948, it was privately owned. It passed to the National Coal Board who maintained it for the Ansley Hall Colliery Cricket Club, and on the closure of the colliery in 1959, for Ansley Workshops Cricket Club. In 1988, the ground was purchased by North Warwickshire Borough Council, and cricket has continued thanks to the co-operation between the club and the owners. The partnership on the maintenance of the square has been documented previously, and the council also cut the outfield once per week. The pavilion is secure, there are steel doors and metal bars on all windows. There are changing facilities for four teams, plus a separate umpires/referees changing room with shower and toilet. There are also toilets and showers next to the changing rooms, and the building in general is in excellent condition. There is a clubroom with catering facilities, with space for a bar. Outside, we have a triple bay net complex, and there are also two portable nets which can be used in conjunction with the artificial strip. We have a “Bola” professional bowling machine, this has an automatic feeding device. There are sight screens at both ends of the ground, and the club has recently replaced the old set of covers with new ones. The club is insured through the E.C.B. and carries a first-aid kit at all times. The numbers in the score box will be refurbished during the close season. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? At the moment, we are using a marine container to store all the costly mowing machines, and various items of equipment. This has proved a considerable improvement on the single room in the clubhouse that we were using until 2005. This “container” is, however, only a short term measure, and we are still awaiting the outcome of talks with North Warwickshire Borough Council on their future plans in respect of storage at the ground. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? The roof of the “garage” where we store the roller, loam, and sundry items of little value, is now becoming a cause for concern. The general committee have decided that repairs will be carried out in the Spring of 2007. We are looking forward to 2008 for a brick built storage unit. We are also looking to obtain an electronic scoreboard for 2007 to 2008. The present scorebox, built in 2004, is in excellent condition, but with the advent of the club staging representative cricket, an improved telegraph system for the watching public is desirable. We need to establish full costs and to investigate grant making bodies for this item, probably through Sport England, ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007- 2012 EQUIPMENT WHAT DO WE HAVE? The club has all the basic playing equipment, pads, wicket-keeping gloves, gloves, protectors, arm guards, thigh pads, helmets for juniors and seniors, this despite the fact that many players, young and old, now carry their own kit. We have bails, stumps, boundary markers and markers for the bowlers run ups. We have full Under 13 and Under 15 kit for away matches, and a set of Kwik Cricket equipment for use by the younger members. We have sets of spring back stumps for use in the nets and at Alderman Smith on the artificial pitches, and a supply of balls for the bowling machine. Umpires coats are cleaned annually, and scorebooks are distributed to all sections at the start of the season. The club now own three mowing machines, each one to perform a designated task. These are serviced on a regular basis. The square is equipped with a water supply operated from the pavilion, this can be turned off inside the building. The club also has a diesel roller, this is now operating normally after receiving attention during the 2005 season. Despite this, the club will be looking for a replacement in around 2 years (2009) WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? By obtaining “Focus” status, the club had access to the E.C.B. equipment fund. Our priority is for a scarifying machine, this is the one item that we need to maintain the quality of pitches, and we aim to have this on site during 2007. The appointment of a groundsman, and his attendance on various courses, had led to the purchase of certain items, and this has benefited the club. On the shopping list, is a spiker with prongs of 4 inches. Of growing concern is the outfield, over which we have no control. We need some form of outfield mower, and are looking to have this on the ground by 2009. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? The club have disposed of a number of items, surplus covers, old machinery etc. but machinery such as mowers have a limited useful life. The club has set aside a sum of money for replacements over the next 5 years, in our experience, people are much happier working if they have the tools for the job, and the equipment is in good working order. If we are to provide a second ground which is remote from our present ground then there will be a need to increase the ground preparation equipment. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007 – 2012 FIXTURES WHAT DO WE HAVE? The fixture list for Saturday League cricket for our four teams is prepared by the Warwickshire Cricket League, in 2006 this comprised a total of 78 games. The Nuneaton Thursday Cricket League also allocate the seasons fixtures, minimum 14 games per side, we have two teams. In addition to these games, we also enter the Coventry K. O. and the Nuneaton Thursday Cricket League K.O. The club is also eligible for the National Village Competition, which it enters every season. The Ansley fixture Secretary Brian Boyd is organising a Sunday Invitation League, which will operate in 2007. This will run alongside the clubs Sunday friendlies. All of the junior sides are in leagues for their various age groups, the Under 15’s are in the “Millennium” league, for which every team has been supplied with “One Day” coloured clothing. With all of this activity, careful management of the square is needed, but the new artificial pitch has alleviated a crisis. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? It is difficult to see how we could improve on the current fixture list, but it is important that we release our 3rd & 4th X1’s from the confines of the Single Teams Division, they are there because they play on an artificial surface. The obvious answer is a second ground, we await the outcome of the deliberations of the North Warwickshire Borough Council. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? We need to continue to discuss the possibilities re Arley when they have considered their “In Space” review, and assess what they are prepared to put into the “Arley” project themselves. We must, over the next few months, actively pursue our quest for a grass wicket for at least one team. This would release the 3rd X1 for 2008 into Division 7 where they can then seek their true level We are aware that the provision of even a temporary location for one team to play on a grass wicket will increase playing costs.. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN – 2007- 2012 LOCAL COMMUNITY. WHAT DO WE HAVE? The fact that we have obtained “Clubmark” and “Focus” club status proves that the E.C.B. and the Warwickshire Cricket Board are aware of our contribution to the Local Community. The club shares its facilities with the local football clubs, and the North Warwickshire Borough Council ensure that there are no clashes with fixtures. Our official links with local schools are reviewed and signed by both parties for the 2007 season. Their pupils are encouraged to attend the Friday coaching evenings, and the steady rise in numbers proves that this policy is working. We have sponsorship from several local businesses, and their services are advertised on the club shirts and on boards at the ground. Leaflets are available at the local libraries, and the club handbook is distributed to all sponsors, and to all clubs that we play in the Warwickshire Cricket League. Our Head Coach A. K. Davies is involved with the North East Warwickshire Region, and has a direct link with the County, and parents can be assured that if the talent is there, A Davies will bring it to the attention of the authorities in the form of trials at Edgbaston. WHAT WOULD WE LIKE TO HAVE? Within reason, the more contact we have with the local schools the better. We continue to renew existing contracts, and we are grateful that the Warwickshire Cricket Board is helping to visit schools on our behalf. Our coaches all work for living, and there is just not time to visit Junior Schools in curriculum time. We are anxious not to impinge on the territory of other clubs, and realise that we cannot cater for every school in this local area. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? There must be liaison between the Warwickshire Cricket Board and the local schools and the club itself. We can cater for any amount of children that are interested enough to attend our training, but we have not the resources to visit Junior or Primary Schools during curriculum hours. As far as the senior schools go, we need to maintain the partnerships that have developed over the years. By the training in team work that playing cricket requires, plus the making of friends from other schools and other backgrounds, Ansley Sports Cricket Club can serve the local community as it has done so well over the last few years. ANSLEY SPORTS CRICKET CLUB – DEVELOPMENT PLAN – 2007 – 2012 AREA COST IN PLACE BY FUNDING CLUB STRUCTURE NIL 2007 - JUNIOR SECTION £3000 VIDEO 2008 SPORT ENGLAND TEACHING/COACHING £350 PER ANNUM 2007-2012 VARIOUS MEMBERSHIP NIL 2007 - FACILITIES £5000 SCOREBOARD 2008 HEART OF ENG.. EQUIPMENT £12,000 OUTFIELD MOWER 2009 E. C. B. FIXTURES NIL 2007 - LOCAL COMMUNITY NIL 2007 - N.B. Should the Arley scheme become a reality, there would be further costing as follows:- 1. Laying a suitable square £18,000 2008 ECB 2. Providing temporary storage container. £1,000 2008 ECB 3 Porakabin type pavilion £1.500 2008 ECB If the scheme progresses 4. Permanent Pavilion/Changing £200,000 2012 Landfill Scheme .
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