The Cheltenham and Gloucester Cricket Association (CGCA) has been helping its clubs improve their junior sections by handing out grants for coaching courses.
The CGCA have given £1620 – spread across seven clubs – to help cover the costs of developing their coaches.
Andoversford, Birdlip, Dumbleton. Gotherington, Tewkesbury, Upton St Leonards and Woodmancote have all benefited from the scheme.
Treasurer Malcolm Brown said: “We’ve had a fairly significant cash reserve for quite a few years now and there is little justification for that much given the level of our annual costs. We decided we should put some of the reserve to better use by furthering the development of the game in our local clubs.”
Clubs had the chance to apply for the grants in February, with precedence given to those with candidates on Level 2 coach education courses this winter.
The pot of money has come in part from the CGCA’s sponsorship agreements with the likes of Abbey Business Equipment – who has put its name to its top adult T20 tournament. The CGCA also gets help in the form of trophies from Don Browning Trophies and from Academy Sports.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board chief executive Steve Silk said:
“We know from the recent ECB National Cricket Playing Surveys that access to quality coaching is a huge factor in retaining players in the game.
“It is great to see the CGCA supporting clubs to get more coaches qualified and improve the experience on offer for young cricketers.”
The CGCA is one of a number of local associations to offer grants to their affiliated members.
The West of England Premier League (WEPL), Bristol and District Cricket Association (BDCA) and Cotswold District Cricket Association (CDCA) offer funds for all aspects of club development while the Gloucestershire County Cricket League (GCCL) offers help with training officials and groundsmen.
Clubs awarded CGCA grants
Andoversford: £160 for 50% of a coach training course
Birdlip: £320 for 50% of 2 coach training courses
Dumbleton: £250 for support towards various coach training costs
Gotherington: £250 for support towards various coaching costs
Tewkesbury: £160 for support towards various coach training costs
Upton St Leonards: £320 for 50% of 2 coach training courses
Woodmancote: £160 for 50% of a coach training course