Cricket at Wallace Hall Academy

Throughout March, Chris Stewart, the D&G Community Coach, has been providing cricket sessions at the Secondary School level at Wallace Hall Secondary School in Thornhill. Sessions were delivered within the curriculum over a four week period to S4, S5, and S6 year pupils.

The post of local community coach is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community, Dumfries and Galloway Leader 2007-2013 programme and is also supported by Cricket Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Leisure and Sport department, and local cricket clubs.

2011 West Schools Cup

West Development Manager Iain Stewart has announced the draws for both the West Schools Cup and the ‘Emerging Cup’, the latter an eight-a-side competition aimed at state schools only and which has teams as far apart as Rothesay Academy and Langholm Academy. Both competitions are for students in S1-3, and girls in S4 are also eligible…

The Emerging Schools Cup (West Section) draw is: Belmont Academy v St Ninians, the winner of which then plays the winner of Airdie Academy and Eastwood High; Langholm Academy v Dumfries High; Doon Academy v Hillhead High School; and Greendwood Academy v Rothesay Academy. The winning school progresses to the National Finals Day in Perth on Wednesday June 15.

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Scottish Junior Cup Draws

The draws have been made for the Scottish Club Junior Cups for 2011

ECB U13 National Club Championship 2011 draw

Nat West U15 National Club Championship 2011 draw

Cricket Scotland U18 National Club Championship 2011 draw

Successful local Level 1 course

The UKCC Level 1 Cricket Coaches Course, specifically targeted for the Dumfries and Galloway region, was successfully delivered through Cricket Scotland over two weekends in March at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries. That had attendees from around the region and from local clubs with eighteen students of varying ages completing the course.

Scotland’s cricket development programme best in the world

Cricket Scotland has taken the top global prize of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2010, with what was judged to be the ‘Best Overall Cricket Development Programme’.

The award by the International Cricket Council follows the previous accolade given to Scottish cricket as the European regional winners, which was announced in January.

The winning citation said that Scotland’s cricket infrastructure achieved a significant amount in 2010 throughout all aspects of the game – in junior cricket, women’s cricket, in new strategies and the creation of new pathways.

Steve Paige (left), Head of Community Development for Cricket Scotland, said: “To win the European award was a tremendous endorsement of what we have been striving to achieve over the past few years. Now to be acclaimed as the best cricket development programme in the world is a fantastic feather in Scotland’s cap.

“As ever, this is not simply about the work of our excellent team of professional development officers. There is also an army of volunteers and coaches who play their important part in developing cricket at grassroots level.

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“In 2010, we saw some fantastic achievements within our community programmes: 468 schools competed in our schools cups; we had 56 primary schools festivals; we educated more than 300 teachers in introductory programmes; 110 umpires attended introductory courses, with 58 taking Level 1 exams; we delivered courses to 134 PE students; and now we have over 450 active UKCC coaches.

“And our development team around the country have been doing a splendid job in growing the game and ensuring we have sustainable structures in the clubs, so they can support all the children and adults that want to play the game.” Continue reading

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