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Club Development Plan

 

Every Cricket club which attains Club Mark Status must have in place a development  plan which is agreed annually at the AGM by the club. The goal is to make this known to the local community, players & our freeholder so that we can get everyone's buy in to achieve it. Hitting the targets enshrined in this Club Development Plan requires everyone's input and as a club we shape this plan in order to deliver the cricket that our local community and players are keen to play.

Each year the club's membership will be surveyed and these results can be found HERE under the heading 'Annual Survey Results'. These anonymous surveys are then used to revise the Club's Development Plan. This page will be kept updated with the statuses of each year's goals as the club committee works towards achieving them. 

 

Goal: Increase Operational Income to £16k (Excluding Nets financing) from £10k in 2020 and 14k in 2019 

Status: ACHIEVED 01-Oct-21

The Club surpassed the target, managing the highest level of earnings since 2015 through effective collection of match fees and membership subscriptions as well as incredibly successful cricket camps run by Liam Smith with Gaby Reeves and a team of support coaches. Charlie Tuke-Hastings also played a massive role with brilliantly run Allstars/Dynamos programmes. Within both, the highest levels of coach to child ratios were maintained. 

Goal: Identify replacement for Steve Willard as Treasurer

Status: ACHIEVED 01-Dec-21

Steve Willard has served as Club Treasurer since Simon Gordan-Walker stopped doing it. He has not played for the club for many years and the time has come for some one else to step up. Will Bathurst volunteered and will try to step in Steve's shoes following his election at the AGM.        

Goal: Replace Storm Damaged (late 2020) Nets for the 2021 Season

Status: ACHIEVED - 06-Jun-21

The project was delivered on time and with a small loss to the club balance sheet. A two net fully enclosed £30k facility installed by Durant Sports replaced our aged facility and could only be achieved through a grant made to us by Enovert and large anonymous donation. 

Goal: Complete First Full Season of 3rd XI League Fixtures in CDCA League

Status: ACHIEVED

Under the leadership of Mark Leadbeater, supported by Fred Bayliss and the incredible efforts of our club skipper, Jody Lawrence, the 3rd XI put out a side every weekend in a heavily COVID affected summer, including one weekend when 12 members of the club were isolating. Results were secondary to fulfilling fixtures and getting used to the Ampney base for a full season. 

Goal: Maintain 1st XI and 2nd XI in their Current Leagues

Status: PARTIALLY ACHIEVED

The First XI survived a late relegation scare to remain in Division 1 of the County League but after a poor season with the bat, the Second XI were relegated out of the County League and back to Division 1 of the District. 

Goal: Regain Clubmark Status

Status: FAILED

The Club passed all steps of the Clubmark assessment process except renewal of Club Safeguarding Officer qualifications due to COVID related issues preventing attendance of one of the few available courses. Renewals have been booked and two club members will be joining to course in 2022 to rectify this requirement ahead of the season. 

ORGANISATION , GOVERNANCE & FINANCE

Goal: Regain CLUBMARK Status

Status: COMPLETE

This was finally achieved in the 2022 season with accreditation lasting until 2025. The sole point of Safeguarding Officers renewing qualifications was dealt with and the club now has two – Claire Kilby & Will Bathurst. With all eight in-house coaches and relevant club officials holding up to date DBS checks, we were in compliance with the Safe Hands Management system on all 52 separate roles registered. This is a huge task initially and reflects the number of volunteer roles required to run a club of this size and then do so in compliance with ECB expectations.  

Goal: Adjust 2022 Season Membership Tiers 

Status: COMPLETE

The goal was to reduce the financial burden on large club families with parents and children who both play and we agreed this at the last AGM along with reducing costs for volunteers. This was achieved without a financial impact on the club even though large family fees were capped. We also introduced Social Memberships for the first season.  

Goal: Increase Focus on Batting Coaching across all sections of the Club

Status: COMPLETE

The 2021 player and parent surveys revealed a desire in the club to increase our batting coaching offering. Several coaches qualified as Level 2s in the off season with particular batting attention given in the Under 11s, 13s & 15s. There is always more to do here. 

Goal: Negotiate a lease at Ampney Crucis & Modified lease at Englands

Status: 95% COMPLETE

To qualify for funding, a slightly altered lease is required at Englands given the current termination clause. We are tenants are Englands with very little security for any financial investment. Our landlords the Playing Field & Allotment Charity who manage Englands on behalf of the Charity Commission are aware of this issue and we hope to have it resolved soon. Ampney Crucis Cricket Club has affiliated itself directly with the ECB so a lease is less relevant there now save as to the sharing of costs of machinery and maintenance. 

Goal: Remove Pitchero from the Club organisation (both New website and availability) 

Status: COMPLETE

In 2021, Several members fell foul of clever phishing advertisements on the Pitchero website & App which that company took no responsibility for. We therefore took the decision to move all of the club’s administration to an entirely new website, availability and payment system which was a Herculean job to get done in the off season. This was however achieved over the Christmas period and the new combination of Website and Spond has also saved the club five hundred pounds while being welcomed by members. 

Goal: Improve Club Presence with Neighbours & Village

Status: ON TRACK

We have done a lot towards this in 2022 holding the Beer Festival for the Jubilee with £750  contributed to village bodies. We also wrote monthly articles in the new Village magazine, the Poulton Eye and posted in the village Facebook group. There is always more to do and we have plans for the 2023 season to build on this.  

PEOPLE 

Goal: Youth Section Management Structure Changes

Status: COMPLETE

Liam Smith left at the end of 2022 while Neil Cheesewright indicated a desire to step down from youth section management & Gaby Reeves’ county commitments meant that she was unable to coach the Under 11s. As a result, Max Arnold, James Newman & Will Bathurst all trained as Level 2 coaches with Fred Bayliss completing the Level 1. Mark Robbins, another Level 2 came in to coach the under 15s and Will handled the youth section admin as far as he could, to get us through the season. We ended the season stronger than we started it but are looking forward to Lucy Ireland taking over this incredibly important role for the 2023 season.

Goal: Club President & Chairman Succession Planning

Status: COMPLETE

Rosemarie Chapman & David Dunn are both stepping down from their respective roles at the AGM after 10 & 23 years in these respectively. David will move to President and the club will have a new Chair for the 2023 season

SENIOR CRICKET

Goal: Recruit First XI Squad Members & Overseas Player for 2022 Season

Status: COMPLETE

Three new players joined the 1st XI squad, helping week to week availability for the team and replacing regular players who had either moved away or could not commit. Each of them has had a brilliant impact on the club settling in right away and helping the 2nd XI maintain consistent selection of a core group without these having to play 1st XI cricket. They were in addition to regular new players coming in for the 2nd and 3rd XI teams as well. In addition, despite multiple challenges, we secured an overseas player for the club in the season. The committee cannot thank the families who offered Kieran Yould somewhere to stay for the summer enough. The Burrs in particular were incredibly generous in their housing of Kieran and the club must look at this for 2023, should we have another overseas player. It is a major logistical challenge taking in an overseas but there is no doubt of the benefit, particularly if he/she can coach as well.

Goal: First XI Top four finish in GCCL Div 1, Second & Third XIs to consolidate and aim for Top 50% of tables. 

Status: FAILED

The First XI finished 6th after a strong start, strong finish and weak middle for the season, 29 players turned out for the side in 2022 versus 23 in 2021 and 2019. The Second XI had a stellar season losing just three games and winning the CDCA league to bounce straight back up to the GCCL with over 30 players playing for the team for the third season in a row showing the importance of a big squad with eight players playing ten or more games forming the core of the squad. 49 players turned out for the 3rd XI in its first full league season and they finished 9th out of 13 in Division 2 of the district. It was a great season however and on two weekends this season, the club could have fielded a 4th XI.  

WOMEN & GIRLS CRICKET 

Goal: Target Ladies Tour for the 2022 Season. 

Status: COMPLETE

The 2021 Club Survey revealed a desire to hold a Ladies Tour in 2022 and  this was done to Kent following  a Pre-Season ladies planning meeting in January which also addressed Ladies and Girls leagues selection for 2022.  The ladies team also went to several cricket games together. 

Goal: Adjust Ladies Coaching in line with 2021 Survey Feedback

Status: COMPLETE

The Wide range of abilities in the Ladies’ section is a challenge for any coach and this season as we looked to both cut the cost of paying Rob Watson to coach the squad and also improve the offering, our two Ladies coaches – Philippa Dunn and Gaby Reeves coached when they could backed up by the clubs other Level 2 coaches. There’s still work to do here, particularly to take a load off Philippa’s shoulders as we move ahead, the squad likely loses Emilia Powell and Gaby Reeves for the 2023 season.  

Goal: Start Creating Pathway to retain more girls in the club to turn into Ladies players/members

Status: COMPLETE

For the 2023 season the club offered via Will Bathurst girls coaching on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. This attracted decent numbers but not enough for a squad however the purpose in year 1 was to offer a flexible training offering for girls to develop their games with other Girls. As this initiative grows, we hope to attract more numbers and develop a girl’s squad. The club will then offer dedicated girls cricket but also mixed cricket at age group level for those who want to play it. Plenty of options are available to girls from Softball tournaments on so the goal will be to match desire to this. 

Goal: Appraise and where Possible Improve Ladies' Changing/Washroom Facilities for 2022

Status: ON TRACK

This is going to be a problem for several years. The pavilion was built in a era when open showers were mandated by child protection regulations which have since been completely revised & it was also done when very few girls/women were actually playing cricket. We have put sanitary bins in the Ladies loos at Ampney Crucis and will in the 2023 season offer complementary sanitary products at both club locations. The reality is that to properly cater for women & girls, we need to dramatically change the layout of the Englands Pavilion. The desire is there however the project is incredibly expensive and will require planning permission and freeholder support. Making this change would address the changing issues for mixed cricket and ensure that facility provision is equal. We are undergoing a Female accreditation currently which is suggesting other improvements and will keep studying the best way to achieve this.  . 

JUNIOR/YOUTH CRICKET

Goal: Increase Focus on Parents/Guardians

Status: COMPLETE

The committee recognised that it is daunting joining the club as a parent, especially as at times, it has felt that there is a large youth section and then a senior section and the two have not mixed very much. Meanwhile the administrative burden on parents is vast these days quite aside from the hours spent on a boundary or waiting at training. This year was year 1 of trying to build accessible information reserves on our new website and making parents aware of club social events & information for them to join. Surveys indicate good awareness of this but low attendance. We have a lot more work to do here but 2022 was a good start and our joint club awards day was well received and will be built on in 2023. 

Goal: Foster greater squad cohesion with wider club

Status: ON TRACK

For 2022 we need to bring the youth & senior sections of the club together. The committee has agreed that the end of the 2022 season should see a sole awards day but we are also planning if COVID permits, pre-season get togethers, socials and matches. This planning now includes squad organised and delivered social events through the season as well as the Queen's Jubilee centred around a beer festival. It's shaping up to be a good balance of social events and what is practical to deliver. 

Goal: Reduce Costs for Larger Families

Status: COMPLETE

Having a greater number of playing members in the family should always be encouraged and our old structure of memberships meant a heavy cost structure for families who have both senior and junior players. This has now been addressed in our new membership fee structure. Additional Child costs have been capped at two and family memberships put in place. 

Goal: In response to Parents Surveys, improve batting coaching offering. 

Status: ON TRACK

The 2021 Club surveys revealed that across the youth section we needed to focus on Batting coaching across the age groups. This has been a core focus in under 11s, 13s and 15s and this year’s surveys reveal that we have done this to the detriment of Bowling and Fielding development which will be 2023 targets.

SOCIAL /FUNDRAISING

Goal: Professionalising Advertising/Sponsorship Offering. 

Status: COMPLETE

For the 2022 season, we made the decision to carry another charity’s logo on our shirts, namely Frank Water a charity which puts safe water into parts of Africa and India and was very close to one of our dearest friends, Simon Gordon-Walker. We then focussed on Beer Festival sponsorship and hitting 1k of  Advertising Board sponsorship. The year was a success as we brought in new sponsors Poulton Hills and M R Sparks on one year deals while the Corin Group Became a board sponsor and matchday sponsor on our social media team sheets. There’s more work to do here for the 2023 season with higher targets but it has been a good first year.  

Goal: Squad organised club social events through the 2022 Season. 

Status: PARTIALLY ACHIEVED

The Ladies and the First XI managed to lay on excellent club social events at the club this season but the second and third XI events did not materialise. As well as bringing the club together for a good evening, these events were seriously important for the pavilion finances with a thousand pounds put across the bar within usual trading hours on both evenings. We’ll target squad events again next season focussing less on a theme and just volunteers being at the club to serve drinks and food. The Beer Festival was a huge success thanks to Philippa Dunn and her team and it was incredibly well attended with elements of it, such as a regular village quiz held at the cricket club requested by our neighbours for 2023. This was despite some pretty horrific weather at certain times of it!  

Goal: Secure new Shirt Sponsor and Kit for 2022 Season 

Status: COMPLETE

The club has put in place a new club shop with Gray-Nicolls for the 2022 Season and our new shirt "sponsor" will is a Goucestershire charity called Frank Water who we are partnering up with for the 2022 Season.

Goal: Introduce Social Memberships

Status: COMPLETE

These were approved at the first year rate of £10 at the AGM so that non-playing members can still feel part of the club and welcome to use the facilities. We hope these appeal to local villagers, parents, former players and relatives. 

MARKETING/PROMOTION

Goal: Increase use of Social Media as tool for marketing the club

Status: ON TRACK

The clubs Twitter & Instrgram accounts are embedded in the new Club Website and logins will be shared with more officials to post content in line with the club's social media policy. 

Goal: Simplify Communication with Club Members & Stakeholders

Status: ON TRACK

We now have a lot of dedicated email club addresses that club officials will assume control of when they take up position so that these stay consistent and people know how to contact them, this has proved especially important for leagues and the County Foundation. Membership communication is primarily through Spond and WhatsApp still but we have moved more of this onto Social Media channels and the club Website and will continue to build on this through 2023. We need to do more during the season as it is quite clear that once the season finishes, club members move onto other things/sports! 

ORGANISATION , GOVERNANCE & FINANCE

Goal: Maintain Clubmark Standards

Status: COMPLETED

Clubmark was re-attained in the 2023 season. 

GOAL: Announce all key dates for the Season by January 1, 2023

Status: COMPLETED

All key dates for 2023 were announced  by the start of the calendar year so that everyone has them. 

GOAL: Increase Club Communication from Committee

Status: COMPLETED

Leveraged new website & Spond to inform club membership & parents of process towards targets both CDP and Fundraising. Regular letters from Chairman sent.

GOAL: Renegotiate Lease & Governance Structure at Englands. 

Status: BUMPED TO 2024

Was not completed in the 2023 season but with the help of the Playing Field & Allotment Trustees it will be in 2024, We as the cricket club will be assuming a full repairing lease for Englands and the Pavilion reporting directly to the Trustees. This structure will mean at end to the Englands Management Committee and give the cricket club the ability to capitalise on bar profits when needed, while also building sinking funds for repairs of key equipment. This will enable us to unify bank accounts and the football club will become our tenants in the Winter. 

GOAL: Secure Credit Terms from main vendors in order to improve Cash Flow.

Status: COMPLETE

Changed bar  supplier from LWC to Inn Express, securing 14 DD terms in the process, Jesse Smith meat supply on 30 Days. Both enabling us to sell prodoct before we need to pay for it. 

GOAL: Complete integration of bank accounts and Accounting into FreeAgent software

Status: COMPLETE

Freeagent now handing all accounting across all three club bank accounts handles all bill payments and invoicing enabling cash flow projections and automatically chasing past due invoices. 

FACILITIES

Goal: Invest in the Englands Pitch and raise our ground marks year-on-year

Status: COMPLETED

From the 2023 season, we will employ Willow Turf Care to look after the square enabling existing volunteers to focus on other aspect of Ground Maintenance. This requires circa 15k of annual funding which must be met by the club. Need to look at plugging gaps in the playing base for the 2024 season.  

GOAL: Secure County Grant Funding to upgrade social areas in Englands Pavilion. 

Status: BUMPED TO 2024

Three main aims of this 1) renovating the kitchen. 2) Improving the bar serving area & cupboard and 3) Improving the internal seating. Doing this will help make the bar a year round destination particularly for winter organised events for fundraising. 

GOAL: Buy additional roller for Ampney Crucis Ground

Status: COMPLETE

In order to continue the gradual redevelopment of Amney Crucis as a location for club cricket we have procured a roller for the ground in a 50:50 purchase plan with the trustees of that ground. We have first option on purchasing the balance at market value at a time in the future. 

GOAL: Replace Aging Bar Equipment in the Pavilion 

Status: COMPLETE

Identified replacement brewer and install during the 2023 Season. Hawkstone was identified, approved by membership and is now in place.  Installation done at zero cost to club. 

GOAL: Purchase Water Tractor for Square

Status: COMPLETE

Identifed with Willow Turfcare a suitable irrigation tool for the square which would work with our pressure and help keep the ground wet when needed for wicket prep. Purchased.

GOAL: Purchase New BBQ

Status:COMPLETE

Selected and purchase a new BBQ with wider cooking area to offer more food for Youth Training nights and Saturday post game food at the pavilion. This increased income and encouraged better social atmosphere at the club. Doubling food revenue was a major financial target for the year in terms of sustainable income and we achieved this.  

PEOPLE 

Goal: By the 2023 Season we want to target having a full time Ladies Development Officer

Status: PUSHED TO 2025

To really Capitalise on the potential in girls and ladies growth in the game, we need a volunteer on the committee who understands their needs and focusses on this full time, shaping the club development plan and allocating funding as required. We are going to move this to a 2025 Development Goal. For the moment female cricket development resting with Ladies Captain and Chair. 

Goal: Settle New Committee in to Roles & Procedures

Status: COMPLETED

For the 2023 Season the committee has a new Chair, Secretary & Youth Section Manager. This is all working well along with the other officers in the club such as fundraising & sponsorship. The new Grounds committee is in place as well and work is under way on the square. 

SENIOR CRICKET

Goal: 1st XI Consolidate in GCCL Div 1, 2nd XI to retain position in GCCL Div 7 & 3rd XI to finish in top half of Table.  

Status: FAILED

Sadly both 1st and 2nd XIs were relegated from their respective Legues in 2023. 

WOMEN & GIRLS CRICKET 

Goal: Investment in Englands & Ampney Crucis Pavilions to offer proper changing facilities for female players

Status: UNDERWAY

As the club goes from strength to strength in terms of welcoming female players into the league sides, we recognise that we do need to dramatically improve our changing facilities to maximise the welcome for and make playing on Saturdays as enjoyable an welcoming as possible.  We have drawn up plans to add a dedicated third changing room for female players at Englands and this cost is material at just under 300k even before seeking planning permission and the support of our freeholders. With our two best female players moving on from the club, the reality is that Ampney Crucis is the primary location where we will face an issue and there is very little we can do here. We will adapt this goal to instead focus on female changing rooms and provisions for female players. 

Goal: Achieve Silver 'Female Friendly Accreditation' from the Girls Sports Club

Status: UNDERWAY

A new accreditation scheme has launched via an excellent initiative at the Girls Sports Club, we are already a long way down this path via our clubmark accreditation and coaching standards however there are others elements we can certainly improve such as ensuring that our female members have access to free sanitary products and properly equipped faciltiies. 

Goal:  Continue Develop Girls Cricket Offering with Girls cricket sides feeding into Women's team

Status: UNDERWAY

This started in 2022 but we want to aim to bring in more opportunities for girls to play cricket and build the identity of the female offering within the club. We need to work on retaining our girls coming to the club at u9 level and keeping them on a development pathway as valued members. Still huge work to do here and we'll seek guidance from the county on this. We'd like to start a second ladies team by 2025 in order to offer a home for the diverse level of interest. We hope to attract more girls into the club and if they would like one, begin a girls team. The main goal of this year will be to continue girls training, grow the numbers and offer the flexible playing levels that girls like. 

JUNIOR/YOUTH CRICKET

Goal: Restart Under 7s & Relaunch Under 9s Cricket

Status: ON TRACK

Following lack of sustained take up in the ECB Allstars & Dynamos programmes as well as local competition with other clubs offering the same programme with few differentiating factors. We voted at the AGM to  cease the programme and offer instead proper cricket for young players which formed the bedrock of the club in the days before Allstars & Dynamos. Of those doing the ECB Programmes only 15 children from well over 100 have stayed with the club  and of these only three have been with the club every year since they were on the National Programmes. Our strength as a club is cost effective cricket and coaching for families and we should focus on this to grow numbers and retain talent. This has proved seriously successful in 2023 with 12 new under 7s and 20 Under 9s. 

Goal: Restructure Junior Training & Management

Status: ON TRACK

We have moved u7s, 9s, 11s & 13s training to Friday nights with lead coaches and support coaches in sections around the ground offering differing coaching. This will focus the club training evenings to Thursdays and Fridays, enabling games and spare evenings on the Square. On the nights we have run these so far, we have had upwards of 80 Children at training with wonderful club atmospheres and 

Goal: Add two more Level 2 coaches & at least two Level 1s to the coaching team

Status: UNDERWAY

We are targeting two level 2s would take our number to 9 backed up by three level 1s and several coaching assistants. 

Goal: Adjust the cricket camp offering to banded age group levels & minimum ages to help both coaches and attendees. 

Status: COMPLETE

Lower age range put in place on the Camps for this year, early interest levels are very good. 

Goal: Introduce Squad Capacity & Numerical Targets for Age Groups

Status: ON TRACK

Hard Ball Capacity reached at 35 for for both U11s and u13s. Still have capacity in all other age groups. 

Goal: Survey u13s who will progress to u15s Age Group in 2024 as to preferred playing options for that season

Status: ON TRACK

Tabled for August and the result of material concerns about ability of CDCA u15s to provide fixtures. Must keep this age-group within the club as far as possible. 

SOCIAL /FUNDRAISING

Goal: Supercharge Fundraising efforts

There are no easy options for us to meet the cost of employing Willow Turf Care. We need to dramatically change income, continue  cost management and supercharge fundraising. Liam James has agreed to take a fundraising role on and his 100 Club is the first of these. If all the squares are sold, the club would make £6,000 on it per year, with £6,000 going in prizes to players. A beer fest can bring in £3,000 but is a massive logistical challenge and admin burden and we will target this for 2024 . Re-introduced 1st & 2nd XI Match Fees could raise £2,000, Sponsorship £4,500, Food Sales £1,000, Cricket Camps £3,000 and subs tweaks another £1,000. In summary, the increased cost is achievable but it needs a club wide buy in to deliver these figures. 

Goal: Replace Christmas Dinner with end of Season Event at Club

Status: ON TRACK

Quite clear that people move on from cricket atthe end of the season so the plan is for an end of season awards day and party at the club in September... Hope is that weather will allow it! 

MARKETING/PROMOTION

Goal: Increase use of Social Media as tool for marketing the club

Status: ON TRACK

The clubs Twitter & Instrgram accounts are embedded in the new Club Website and logins will be shared with more officials to post content in line with the club's social media policy. 

ORGANISATION , GOVERNANCE & FINANCE

Goal: Maintain Clubmark Status

Status: ON TRACK

Clubmark was re-attained in the 2022 season so the goal is therefore to maintain this in 2024 with maintenance of the Safe Hands Management Status and update of club policies the main things to keep on top of. 

Goal: Hold a 2024 Beer Festival

Status: ON TRACK

Given the impact of taking on our Grounds contract wuith Willow Turf Care, we will need to hold another beer festival in 2024 to balance the books. 

FACILITIES

Goal: Buy new roller for Englands to replace aging HAMM roller. 

Status: ON TRACK

The Hamm roller at the club is on its last legs and needs replacing. We are targeting finding a replacement for the 2024 season. 

Goal: Replacing aging covers at Englands

Status: ON TRACK

Frames for the covers at Englands are fine but we will need to start replacing the blue cover material as funds allow. Cost of these will be £700-800 per cover. 

PEOPLE 

 

SENIOR CRICKET

 

WOMEN & GIRLS CRICKET 

Goal: Begin Women's Soft Ball Team to complement the hard ball offering and offer development curve for Women

Status: NOT YET STARTED

Several mother  and local Ladies not currenly involved in cricket have made enquiries about whether  we can start a soft ball ladies team so we are targeting trying to do this for the 2024 season to increrase the reach of our club offering beyond the current hardball teams. 

Goal: Focus on Under 13s and above girls cricket. 

Status: NOT YET STARTED

It is quite clear that in line with school sport, grls are happy to learn the game in mixed youngerage groups but within the under 13s and above age group, there is a need to provide age group cricket to retain girls in the sport. 

Goal: Address concerns about the CDCA's ability to offer Women's hard Ball Cricket

Status: ON TRACK

Cheltenham appear about to leave the CDCA structure and with Dumbleton and Wotton Bassett out of our district, There are concerns about the CDCA League's viability. Early discussion underway with county and we are looking at this as a committee. 

JUNIOR/YOUTH CRICKET

Goal: Begin Under 5s Coaching

Status: NOT YET STARTED

We have had considerable interest this year from parents enquiring as to whether we could start under 5s training in the 2024 Season and we are certainly going to explore this given the success of Under 7s coaching in 2023.

Goal: Train 3 new Coaches for 2024 Season

Status: NOT YET STARTED

In order to release pessur eon the Chairman, he needs to pass on his current Under 11s coaching duties to  new coaches so that he can focus on running the club. Equally Club President David Dunn has signalled that 2023 may be his last coaching season. Our aim will be to identify three new lead coaches for the 2024 season in order to provide the internal staff to enable this. We are working on this already indentifying potential candidates and courses for them in the Winter of 2023/4

Goal: Develop u15s and begin u5s

Status: NOT YET STARTED

With many of our talented u13s moving into the u15s age group we need to develop the section and ensure they have fixtures for the 2024 season. Most likely this will be within u15s GYL development League but this is open for discussion. It is quite clear from the demand that there is local appatitie for an under 5s squad and we are looking at this for 2024 as well. 

ORGANISATION , GOVERNANCE & FINANCE

Goal: Regain Clubmark Status

Status: ON TRACK

Clubmark was re-attained in the 2022 season until the 2025. With recent annual goals being to maintain the core qualifiers for this of Safe Hands Management System compliance & up do date policies & club management procedures. 

PEOPLE 

Goal: By the 2025 Season we want to target having a full time Ladies Development Officer

Status: NOT YET STARTED

To really Capitalise on the potential in girls and ladies growth in the game, we need a volunteer on the committee who understands their needs and focusses on this full time, shaping the club development plan and allocating funding as required. We are going to move this to a 2025 Development Goal