On 8th March 2011, Guisborough CC embark on a 5 year programme of “Chance to Shine” scheme funded coaching in all 6 schools in Guisborough & also Freeborough Academy. This is a result of us being awarded ECB Focus Club status.
This funding will allow 2 groups at each school to receive 10 hours of mostly curriculum time cricket coaching over 10 weeks each year. The scheme will introduce more children to cricket & hopefully find new junior players for our club as well as bringing in much needed funds.
In the first couple of months the coaching will be done on our behalf by Bob Hodge & Craig Lidster. After that, it is planned that our Overseas Pro will join them in delivering the programme.
Guisborough Cricket Club is delighted to have been awarded Focus Club status by the Yorkshire Cricket Board. This reflects the great deal of hard work done over recent years to gain Clubmark status and, more recently, our progress in further developing cricket both within Guisborough Cricket Club and the surrounding area.
Being a Focus Club means we will be in a better position to seek to obtain grants both from the ECB and other funding bodies and will be first in line to receive support from the YCB.
However, it does bring responsibilities too, the main one being to work with schools in our area each year to introduce pupils to cricket as part of their curriculum and also to introduce them to Guisborough Cricket Club Junior Section. We will also be expected to help other local clubs to develop.
Our performance against targets set in our Development Plan will also be carefully monitored to ensure we are achieving what we set out to do.
Our thanks go to everyone involved in helping us gain this award.