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                        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.
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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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