Top coach and former professional player Andy Stovold was invited to Bredon Cricket Club’s committee meeting this week.
He gave some fascinating insights into the future development of the grassroot game, and the challenges Bredon must meet if we are develop and thrive.
Andy made a considerable impact when he started working with junior members of the club mid-way through the season.
Some of his advice may influence thinking at the club’s annual meeting (AGM) in the clubhouse on Thursday, November 16.
It starts at 7.30pm and entails the election of the committee. All club members are invited, and they will be asked for their thoughts on the future direction of the club.
There will also be a chance to hear about progress made on and off the field during 2017.
All members, social and playing, are welcome.
Meanwhile, there was a players’ meeting at the club on Sunday, October 8.
Issues discussed included the future development of the club, league positions, retention of the Third XI team, commitment of players throughout the season, appointment of coaches, a recruitment drive for new players, chairman of selectors, teams and captains for next season, and jobs for the winter.
The senior players’ end-of-season awards and celebration last night marked a highly successful year for Bredon Cricket Club.
The party was held in our Hill Close clubhouse after the teams had finished the day’s games, which both sadly ended in defeat: the Firsts lost away at Enville while the Seconds fell at home to Kempsey.
There were good spirits in the clubhouse, however, with the Second XI turning out in fancy dress for the occasion.
Prior to the presentation of the annual awards, chairman Neil Hall thanked all who had contributed on and off the field to the club over the last year.
He said it had been a highly successful one for Bredon Cricket Club.
The First XI finished fourth in the Worcestershire County League’s division two, while the Second XI, playing in division three, also finished fourth.
Both the first and second teams had performed well, finishing in commendable positions in their leagues. The Thirds had continued their precious development work with the younger players.
The inaugural Bredon Hill Bash 20-over competition, organised by Jake Denton, landlord of the Crown Inn at Kemerton, had also been hugely popular. It was held on the August bank holiday weekend and scores of families arrived at Hill Close to enjoy a fabulous day of cricket in the sunshine.
Neil said he expected the club to next year continue working towards its goal of becoming a first-rate social and sporting venue for the area.