West of Scotland CC – groundsman vacancy

West of Scotland CC is looking for a groundsman starting within the next month. An immediate start is available. Hours will change seasonally, with 35 hours a week required for six months during the summer and hours negotiated on a weekly basis outside of this. Rate is negotiable and dependent upon experience.

Applicants must have significant experience maintaining cricket grounds. To apply, please send an application to: westendgroundsman@mail.com demonstrating relevant experience and with up to date contact details.

Performance Coach Course (UKCC Level 3)

Cricket Scotland, in conjunction with the ECB, will be running a Performance Coach Course in Scotland this spring/summer. The course, which is the level above the ECB Level 2 Qualification, is designed to meet the needs of coaches working with the most talented young players in clubs or in the Cricket Scotland Performance Pathway. It aims to develop and equip coaches with the knowledge, skills and thinking to work effectively within talented players environments. Coaches can expect to explore and develop their coaching philosophy, develop a deeper understanding of cricket skills required to achieve high level performance and use techniques to help them better understand themselves as coaches and players they work with. Coaches interested in attending the ECB performance coach course will be required to hold an existing Level 2 qualification or equivalent, have acquired some experience of working with talented young players, and demonstrate a willingness and open-mindedness to learn. The programme is tutored by a variety of personnel with experience at both international and county level.

The course will be held on the following dates:
3rd – 6th of April at Mary Erskine School and 30th May – 1st June at Forfarshire Cricket club

An application form can be found HERE. If you have any questions about the programme please contact gordondrummond@cricketscotland.com for more details.

WDCU Women & Girls Forum on Saturday, 3rd March, Uddingston CC. 11am – 1pm.

Due to a successful 2017 – Rosy Ryan (West Women and Girls’ Development Officer) is happy to announce that a Women & Girls’ Forum will be held on Saturday, 3rd of March, Uddingston CC, 11am – 1pm.

“This is an open invitation to all clubs in the West who are interested in starting up at Women and Girls’ section or those who are continually growing theirs. It is extremely important to come along to this event as we will be establishing Women and Girls’ HUBS across the West. Cricket Scotland have acknowledged that there is a growing interest in clubs to further develop. It would be fantastic to see the majority of clubs who are serious about this opportunity. This includes clubs that already have a Women & Girls’ section. Clubs who are not able to come will miss out on this chance.

Please bring along some representatives from your club and see what 2018 has in store for you!”

If you would be able to confirm your attendance and attendee’s to Rosy (rosyryan@cricketscotland.com) no later than Monday 5th February. Further information will follow. Feel free to circulate this email around your club.”

2018 ball orders

Orders for balls for the 2018 WDCU competitions are now being taken.
Full details below

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Grant Stanley – Memorial Service

Following the recent untimely passing of Grant Stanley, Prestwick Cricket Club are holding a memorial service for Grant at their clubhouse, Henry Thow Oval, Prestwick on Sunday 21st January 2018 from 12 noon onwards. Grant was a huge character and influence on cricket in the West of Scotland and a warm invitation is extended to all who wish to come along and pay tribute to him.

Grant, who was only 65 at the time of his death, was a big hitting batsman and prolific wicket taker whose coaching methods were revered by youngsters. The popular Australian’s spent 9 years at Prestwick in his two stints as well as spells at both Ayr and Kilmarnock.

Cricket Scotland national and regional pathways information

Please note the following communication from Gordon Drummond, Cricket Scotland’s Performance Pathway Manager.

“I am writing to you in my role as Cricket Scotland’s Performance Pathway Manager to share information regarding some of the amendments we have made in improving both our Men’s and Women’s Performance Pathway structure for the 2018 season.

With the strategic aim of Cricket Scotland to become the next ICC Full Member, one of our aims is to achieve List ‘A’ status for our regional programme, this being one of many requirements for being elevated to ICC Full Member status from our current status as an Associated Member. As such it was deemed appropriate, from both those within Cricket Scotland and the wider stakeholders in these programmes, that the time was right to evolve the existing structure as we move towards this goal. We also recognise that it is important to share this information with our wider membership and all regional programme stakeholders to help Cricket Scotland be even more transparent in sharing the key objectives for both the Men’s and Women’s National and Regional programmes.

Attached for your information are documents that contain more details about the changes and the key focus for our National and Regional programmes.

We understand that in isolation some of this information may trigger some more detailed questions and we would welcome these. I am more than happy to discuss this further and would ask that in the first instance if you could drop me an email (gordondrummond@cricketscotland.com) with any questions or observations and we can arrange to chat further if required. I would also appreciate if this information could be distributed to all relevant members of your club.

I hope you find the information useful and I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming months.”

Cricket Scotland Mens National Pathway information sheet

Cricket Scotland Womens Regional Pathway Information Sheet

Cricket Scotland Womens National Pathway information sheet

Cricket Scotland Mens Regional Pathway Information Sheet

West of Scotland Cricket Society Annual Dinner – Monday, 12 March 2018

The West of Scotland Branch of the Cricket Society of Scotland are once again extending an open invitation to all cricket-lovers to their Annual Dinner at Clydesdale on Monday, 12 March 2018. They have been fortunate enough to secure the services of an iconic after-dinner speaker in Derek Randall. Please find attached a flyer giving all the details. The dinner is usually the highlight of the season and attendance is not limited to Cricket Society members only but to all cricket-lovers in the West of Scotland. The cost this year is £33 per head including a three course meal plus coffee.

Cricket Society 2018 dinner, flyer

East Renfrewshire Cricket Club – Part Time Club Development Officer vacancy

This exciting role seeks an energetic and experienced individual who can deliver across East Renfrewshire Cricket Club’s key objectives. The ideal candidate needs to have an understanding of sports development and must be able to maintain and build new relationships. A sound knowledge of cricket pathways that allows for integration at all levels is preferred. Closing dates for this post are Friday 19th January 2018 with interviews taking place Monday 22nd January 2018.

For more information on the job and person specification please contact Ammar Ashraf on the details below. To apply, please send a CV and supporting letter to – juniors@eastrencricketclub.com. This role will involve regulated work with minors; therefore all candidates will require PVG Scheme membership to be considered for the position.

WDCU 2018 Saturday League fixtures

Further to the recent communication setting out the WDCU League structure for 2018 we are delighted to be able to issue WDCU League fixtures for 2018. The fixtures will also be available on the WDCU website Document Centre/League & Cup Fixtures tab.

In line with recent seasons and the Cricket Scotland playooffs, the leagues will commence on Saturday the 28th of April and run through eighteen weeks to Saturday the 25th of August. All teams will have a full fixture card scheduled. Teams in the Fourth Division have been randomly allocated games in weeks eight, nine, seventeen and eighteen.

Due to ground unavailability outwith their control over some parts of the season the CMC received requests from some clubs to consider their predicament and allocate fixtures accordingly, The CMC agreed that where possible these requests should be actioned. Some, but not all of those requests have been able to be handled, however it does mean that there are some teams that have a run of home or away games, which is unfortunately but unavoidable. We hope that you are understanding of the reasons.

Please advise the WDCU Administrator ASAP if there are any errors, etc. on the fixtures.