Saturday, 13th August 2022

We welcome Nelson CC as our latest visitors to Hare Hill. I hope you all have an enjoyable day and that the game ahead is both competitive and played within the ‘spirit of cricket’.

England and Wales Cricket Board Clubmark Accreditation

 I am really proud that our Club has, once again, achieved Clubmark accreditation status from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). This is really important to us and now allows us, as part of the ECB’s club development framework, to access relevant support to continue to enhance our cricketing sustainability and improve the facilities we provide, which is a must for a forward thinking and ambitious Club like ours.

More importantly, ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme which shows that a cricket club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means that our Club has been formally recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right options for their young people.

In 2021 the ECB introduced the Safe Hands Management System which helps clubs with understanding and meeting their safeguarding responsibilities. This system is a key part of obtaining ECB Clubmark accreditation, but in addition the ECB also review a club’s development plans for the future, together with key governance documents as required under the UK Sport’s Code for Sports Governance.

New for 2022 is now the requirement for all clubs to accredit every year rather than on the previous three-year accreditation cycle, which is something LCC will continue to strive to do.

I am also very pleased that we, as an organisation that is properly constituted and is not-for-profit, have been awarded a significant financial grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company to build a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) next to the Steve Bood cricket nets. This was a robust process to get through and required the submission of detailed plans that demonstrated the following project priorities set out by Viridor;

  • Proof of a need and local support for the project; promotion of community participation (volunteering) and partnership approaches.
  • Environmental sustainability.
  • Value for money; projects must maximise the benefit of the Landfill Communities Fund.
  • Self-sustaining and have long-term management plans.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally and sincerely thank those that were kind enough to support our bid, which was an integral part of the process and a vital component to being successful;

  • TJB Services
  • Brendan Miskella Ltd
  • Councillor Janet A Emsley
  • Fothergill Engineered Fabrics Ltd
  • 26 Cricket (Clinton Perren)
  • Performance Doorset Solutions Ltd
  • Littleborough FC (Open Age)
  • Littleborough Juniors FC

Neil Barnes, LC&SC Chairman – 07595383375