WoSCC Chairman’s Newsletter – Feb 2020
Dear Members / Players / Socialites
So, we have turned the corner into the new year and the days are getting longer already.
First things first and most importantly the U13 and U15 Nets will start on 11th February through till 14th July at 6.15 p.m. for the U13 and 7.30 p.m. for the U15 plus U16, while the adults will start at 6.45 p.m. on 13th February on Thursdays till 30th April and then on Wednesdays till 2nd September, so we look forward to seeing you. The Youths will be coached by Steve Maybury again before he moves away, and also Rob Palmer who is a qualified coach, plus an assortment of helpers, while the adults will be coached by Hendro once again, so a very strong line up of coaches and support.
Excellent news in that Simon Mather has agreed to pick up the U15 Manager role this season, so many thanks to him.
We had a Youth meeting earlier this week and it looks like our 150+ is going to be exceeded this season, which is fantastic. We will be having a variety of teams at every age group backed up by a great set of managers and helpers, and not least Ros, of course. All parents will receive a communication very soon, but I would encourage you all to pay your Net fees in advance online (remember to state your child’s name) which is cheaper and reduces administration on the night. If you can also pay subs. in the same way that would be great as well. Lastly on the Youth side we can always use helpers on Fridays or match days so please don’t be shy !
The 1st XI have drawn Hadleigh in Round 1 of the League Cup at Home to be played on 25th April while the 2’s will play them Away the same day in a friendly. This should be a great way to start the season against a local Premier League club, and we will organise a lunch.
Our recruitment for 2020 is ongoing but if you are aware of adults or youths who wish to play this coming season, then let me or other Committee members know. I mentioned last month the new Selection Policy where we mandate a minimum number of youths (under seventeen) into Saturday cricket.
We had a Burns Supper last Friday and despite lower numbers than normal, we all had a great evening with excellent food and company. I would encourage members to attend these events particularly as there is no Village Green this year, which will make a very considerable hole in our income. We have planned for that situation and cut costs accordingly, but we still need to invest in our Club to take it forward, so please look out for ways to support your Club.
I attended an Essex County Cricket seminar a week or so back and a few points came out which I hope will be of interest
a. Success – As well as the two county trophies, Essex also won the Ability National Championship, won the Over 50’s and Over 70’s championships, had various players selected for England squads including Ronnie Jackson for the Learning Disability team which won gold (including a century against Australia) at the INAS Global games and Maddy Villiers for the Women’s team.
b. Clubmark – this is being revised and we don’t need to undertake an annual check in 2020
c. Funding – I have a list of potential providers which we will review to see if we can fund improvement work
d. Women’s Cricket and Girls Cricket – this is very fast growing in Essex and nationally and we have some girls playing youth cricket very successfully. However, in this area there is no tradition of playing, and we would really love to have more girls and possibly even a Ladies’ cricket team. The latter can start fairly low key with a soft ball tournament, and I am reasonably certain that the County would support it, but we need a volunteer to take it forward – anyone ?
Lastly, please let me have your views on any issue relating to the Club – I am trying to be inclusive to everyone.
The Chairometer is now warming up and getting its annual overhaul in advance of an exciting year coming up.
P.S. The Funeral service for the late Mike Jackson takes place at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh, 1 p.m., on Thursday 27th February 2020. Reception from 3 p.m. at Rochford Hundred Golf Club