The season is nearly upon us and we can reflect on a great 2013 for the club, concluding with the winning of the Chance to Shine project of 2013 for the hard-working coaches; Chris Dalton, Mike Banham and their assistant Marcus Glenister. Exciting news for the club sees the return of overseas player Marcus, after an extremely successful (on and off the field) for the Australian. Marcus was a very positive influence around the club and within the team last season, therefore providing First team Captain, Terry with the easy decision to ask him to return for 2014. The first team also welcome back another player, however his absence was a tad bit longer than one winter. Peter Free has returned after a sizeable hiatus from the club and we all hope he can assist the youthful first team with his vast experience in playing in big games. The second team has Mark Dunnett at the helm again for the 2014 season; with Briggsy and Mark looking to continue the improvement in the youngsters currently in the 2nd team setup. The third team has a new leader, with Paul Fitt taking over from John Lund in Norfolk Cricket League Division 4 & Jamie Lincoln continuing his brilliant work for the Fourth team in Division 6. For those of you on Facebook or Twitter - check us out! There are regular updates on both platforms (more regularly than on here!) so on Twitter look for us @OldBuckenhamCC or on Facebook just search for Old Buckenham Cricket Club! Many of you guys, our members, supporters and club friends are on there too, so check out who we follow to add each other and create a real OBCC social network! We also have our own team app which can either be accessed through a smart phone or online, just follow the link 'Find us on Team App' for full details.
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