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This is a year of exciting change for Barnard Castle Cricket Club. By its end, a new clubhouse, talked of for so long, should be reality.
Building work which began in the spring should be finished before the season is finished. We are open for business in the meantime and thank all our customers for their patience. It really will be worth the wait.
On the field the first XI is hoping to improve on the best ever fourth place finish in the NYSD League premier division achieved last summer. They are again led by James Finch, with Durham lad Karl Turner as the second professional and Lachlan Pfeffer from Brisbane, Australia as the overseas amateur.
A strong second XI are seeking promotion from Division Two to Division One and the third XI, playing on Sundays, blend youth and experience. The club are again running a host of junior teams and the Wednesday night junior training sessions remain highly popular.
None of this would be possible either without an army of volunteers or the club’s excellent sponsors, many of whom have stuck with us for several years helping us to ensure that we remain at the heart of the Barney community. We thank them all. 2016 promises to be unforgettable.
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