Winscombe Cricket club in Somerset has been established for129 years playing cricket on the village recreation ground against the backdrop of the scenic Mendip hills.
The club has achieved Clubmark and Focus club status reflecting the clubs development with the award being presented personally by Giles Clarke chairman of the ECB. With the help of Lottery and Lord Taverners grants new practice nets have been installed and the artificial wicket replaced bringing our playing facilities right up to date.
We field two Saturday sides with the first X1 playing in the WEPL Somerset division under captain Ben Goodrum and the 2nd X1 under captain Steve Bawden in the Somerset league. A newly formed Development Sunday team plays friendlies along with our midweek and seniors X1s. This year we are making our debuts. In the National village KO cup with the final at lords and the Somerset T20 Intermediate cup with the final at Taunton.
The cricket clubs future lies with the 100 plus boys and girls in our thriving youth section newly sponsored by Bradley`s juices run by qualified coaches and head of youth cricket Roger Willmot. Coaching and training in the basics of the game for 5-13 year olds takes place on a Wednesday evening from 18-00 – 20-00. This year we have league sides for under 11s and 13s and 15s and 17s. We have already seen the benefit of our youth programme with half of the current first team being products of the youth sides.
Off the field the clubhouse offers a fantastic facility with 2 bars and a function room that can accommodate 200 people as well as incorporating a very popular skittle alley well used by social members as well as sportsmen and women all the year round.
We rely on the many volunteers that keep the club going on and off the field. We are though equally dependent on the support we receive from the Parish council and our sponsors especially our main sponsor THATCHERS the Cider makers and D&P cricket.
Player subscriptions can be paid on line on the following site.
We always welcome new players to the club so please call Peter Searle 07785-532433 or Roger Willmot 01934-843742 or Steve Vowles 07786-803584 or email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark