How grant awards make a difference
Testimonial from Lanhydrock Cricket Club (LLC)
On behalf of Lanhydrock Cricket Club (LCC) please can I again thank the Cornwall Cricket Trust for the award of the grant which paid for a substantial amount of the cost of the bowling machine at LCC. The machine has already been used extensively during our winter training programme and we were very pleased to welcome Denise Gladwell to one of our training nights to see the machine in action.
2018 will be the 2nd year that LCC has been involved in All Stars Cricket. Before All Stars came into existence we used to provide a Saturday morning Cricket Session for 4-9 year olds. This served as a very good platform for our club and coaches to integrate in All Stars Cricket.The club decided that All Stars Cricket would take place on a Monday evening, immediately preceding the normal junior training evening. This meant that we were able to turn a Monday night Junior Training session into an evening of Cricket – so instead of a Saturday morning coffee the parents were able to enjoy a Monday evening drink of the colder variety!
Our first year was very successful with 45 children enrolled onto the course. We worked hard to turn the event into one for the whole family, with music playing, the barbecue sizzling and of course the bar open for any thirsty parents! We are confident that the children taking part in the All Stars Cricket will have fun but if we can create a welcoming, more inclusive environment for the whole family then those parents and family members will continue to come year after year after year.
The club has recently set up a Youth Committee and a 9 year old (from our 2017 All Stars group) would like to be involved. And we have a young girl who wants to [with the help of her Dad] set up a female open age softball training session, with the experience she gains going towards her Duke of Edinburgh Award.
LCC will continue to ask schools within the area to promote All Stars Cricket via their weekly parent newsletters or any pupil or parent facing noticeboards. Furthermore, LCC is active on social media so will ensure that posts point parents to the necessary information by adding posts to parent groups or other local Facebook groups.
The club has also been targeting specific Facebook audiences by running a sponsored Facebook campaign. This appears to have been relatively successful and we have already attracted a number of new ‘All Stars’ for this coming summer.