East Devon District Development Group



EAST DEVON CRICKET DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Meeting at Ottery St Mary Cricket Club

Thursday February 26th 2015 - 7.00PM


Present:

Matt Theedom (Devon Cricket Development Manager), Matt Cooke ( Devon Cricket Development Officer), Richard Honnor (Secretary and Seaton), Mike Johnson (Clyst St. George), Caroline Creer (Clyst St. George), Derek Taylor (Exeter), Richard Butler (Exmouth), David Mansfield (Sidmouth), Peter Kiy (Axminster), Fred Harding (Halberton & Sampford Peverell, Pauline Harding (Halberton & Sampford Peverell), Kevin Byrne (Devon Groundskeepers Assoc), John Tierney (Ottery St Mary), Sheila Harding (Topsham St James), Tom Wilkinson (Kentisbeare), Ben Silk (Whimple), Richard Lappas (East Devon Youth League).


1. APOLOGIES:


Ed Leverton (Devon Cricket League), Mike Discombe (Sandford), Ray Lloyd (Exwick), Colin Whitehall (Groundskeepers).


2. MINUTES FROM MEETING THURSDAY DECEMBER 13TH 2012


Accepted.


3. MATTERS ARISING FROM MEETING THURSDAY DECEMBER 13thTH 2012


None.


4. FUNDING NEWS


Matt Theedom presented on a range of funding opportunities available to Clubs. He covered the following funding streams:


For further information, guidance and advice, see relevant websites or contact Matt Theedom or Matt Cooke.


5. COURSES


Matt Theedom said that courses running this winter had either finished or were coming to a conclusion. He covered in detail the coaching and child welfare courses currently on offer. Matt Cooke mentioned a Cricket Activators scheduled for May. They advised clubs to visit the Devon Cricket website regularly for course details and schedules and to book places early. Matt and Matt

are prepared to offer some courses (e.g. Cricket Activator, Coach Support Worker) at local venues if this was more convenient for clubs than having to travel to the Devon Cricket Centre in Exeter.


Similarly, Kevin Byrne said that Devon Pitch Advisers want to provider groundsmanship education at club grounds tailored to local needs of a club. This approach was subject to the approval of the governing body, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG).


6. DEVELOPMENT GROUP CHAIR VACANCY


Nigel Ashplant had stood down as Chair of this group and there was now a vacancy. On behalf of the Group, Matt Theedom thanked Nigel for his contribution. Matt reviewed the terms of reference of District Development Group and asked attendees to put forward to him any suitable candidates for the vacancy. Details would be posted on the Devon Cricket website tomorrow.


7. FUTURE MEETING FOR CLUBS


In view of the poor attendance at this and previous East Devon District Meetings a discussion ensued around the format, content, frequency and location of future meetings (46 clubs were invited to this meeting but only 11 were represented at tonight's meeting). Clubs were asked to consider what might make the meetings sufficiently appealing to encourage more clubs to attend.


Matt Theedom believed that the meetings were not just for disseminating information one-way from Devon Cricket Board, but were particularly useful for Clubs to share similar experiences, issues, best practices, fund raising expertise, projects, etc.


He also thought that the meetings were an important way of enabling Clubs as a group to communicate their feedback and proposals via the Chair to the Devon Cricket Board as to how DCB could improve on the services and support provided.


8. GROUNDSKEEPERS


See also 5. above.


Kevin Byrne reminded clubs of the services offered to clubs by Pitch Advisers who were always willing to visit clubs and provide education, advice and guidance to groundskeepers as well as conducting formal surveys required for e.g. funding applications. See website or contact him or Colin Whitehall for further details.


9. CLUB REPORTS / ISSUES

















10. CLUBMARK UPDATE


Matt Theedom said that it is a key objective of Devon Cricket Board that every club in Devon with a junior section achieves Clubmark accreditation. He advised clubs that the Clubmark process is simpler with less to do now. For most sources of funding, Clubmark accreditation is no longer a pre-requisite.


11. GETTING THE GAME ON


Coming soon – Matt Theedom mentioned this forthcoming initiative the aim of which will be to encourage a positive attitude towards getting more cricket matches played/completed, to encourage young players to continue playing senior cricket and to attract more young players into the game. Club captains will play a major role in this. More details in due course.




12. EAST DEVON YOUTH LEAGUE


Richard Lappas reported:





13. DATE OF NEXT MEETING


TBA.


The Meeting Closed at 9.40pm.











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