In response to the ECB’s ‘Inspiring Generations’ Cricket Wales and Glamorgan Cricket have developed an ambitious draft joint strategy spanning 2020-24, and are working on a facility strategy that underpins it. With potential increased ECB resource, The Hundred, Glamorgan playing in more parts of the country, and new participation programmes, it is an exciting time for Welsh cricket!
To hear more we would like to invite you to attend one of the following Roadshow events:
7pm Wed 6th November - Sophia Gardens
7pm Thurs 7th November - Haverfordwest CC
7pm Mon 11th November - Colwyn Bay CC
7pm Tues 12th November - Llanelli CC
7pm Wed 13th November - Llandrindod Wells - Metropole Hotel
7.30pm Tues 19th November - Croesyceiliog CC
The sessions are targeted at all network volunteers with updates on safeguarding and much more! Please email [email protected] stating the session you wish to attend and the number of places you would like.
We look forward to seeing you in November. In the meantime see below for a more detailed update on our facility strategy, to which the vast majority of the network has contributed.
The Wales Cricket Facility Strategy is progressing well and a massive thank you to everyone that has contributed to date. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute so far then don’t worry we will be consulting with the network to discuss the emerging themes and strategy.
So what has been achieved so far?
A club survey has ben sent to all affiliated cricket clubs in Wales, 181 in total. We have received an amazing response rate of over 75%.
A survey has been sent to all Local Authorities across Wales and again we have received a great response with a response rate of over 75% again.
Leagues have been asked to provide a separate survey and again a fantastic response of over 80%.
In addition to this, we have surveyed higher education, further education and independent schools to understand what facility stock exists outside of our normal networks.
This has been supplemented with numerous face to face consultations with key personnel, both professional and volunteers, to understand the challenges cricket faces in more detail.
All this data has been collected by our contracted consultants, KKP, and is currently being analysed. This process will look at the capacity of our facility stock to meet the needs and demands of our users. To do this we have collected information on the supply (ie what quantity and quality of facilities exist), the demand (ie current activity, impact of population growth and identification of any unmet demand) and accessibility (in terms of geographical location and travel times).
This information will be analysed to identify the capacity of the cricket infrastructure to cater for both existing and future demand of cricket.
This analysis and discussion of the impact on cricket will take place over the next month so we can get to a point of identifying the key strategic themes which will form the basis of the Wales Cricket Facility Strategy.
Once this assessment and key themes have been identified we will consult again with the network to gather your views on our findings. This consultation will be undertaken using two different methods, a formal online consultation process and a series of roadshows across the country.
The online consultation will be circulated to the network in early November with an opportunity for feedback and comments to be submitted.
The intention is to also undertake the roadshows in early November and combine them with information on the joint Cricket Strategy for Glamorgan CCC and Cricket Wales.
In respect of the Facility strategy element of the roadshows, we will present some of the key assessment findings for your area and establish if this is a fair representation. We also intend to present the key strategic themes that have ben identified and receive feedback on these.
Details of the roadshows will be forthcoming shortly but will be attended by both Glamorgan CCC and Cricket Wales staff. If you would like to contribute to this important piece of work for cricket across wales then please attend one of the workshops.
In the meantime if you have any other queries about this process then please contact your Area Manager.
Lastly I would like to send out a massive thank you to everyone that has contributed to date, giving up their time to help shape the future of cricket in Wales.