Bears On The Prowl For New Local Players
Warwickshire Cricket Board (WCB) has set up an amazing 39 cricket coaching courses around the local community in a quest to find the budding cricketers of the future. The courses are designed for children of all abilities aged between 8-15 years old. This great initiative gives kids from all walks of life the chance to participate in the great game of cricket with other children from their local areas.
The courses all begin in mid-January 2007 at local venues, after school or at weekends. The programme lasts for 10 weeks and culminates in the Lord’s Taverners Festival at Edgbaston on 5th April. The cost for the whole 10 week course is great value at £30/£35 and, in some of the venues, it will be possible to ‘pay and play’ but in most cases it is advisable to book in advance as demand for places will be high.
Many of the courses are linked to clubs and are perfect for starting children up with a life-long love of the game. The WCB is hoping that many children will wish to take up cricket and draw inspiration from Warwickshire players who have gone on to represent England, such as Ian Bell, who is the face of this year’s scheme.
The Lord’s Taverners, a key Warwickshire Cricket partner, has again lent invaluable support to the scheme. Taverner Robert Bertram says, "This will give opportunities to many youngsters from many areas in the region. It is about young people having fun and enjoyment, while learning the art of cricket and teamwork. And, for those with the potential, there may be the chance to take that talent further. Even though it is winter, cricket is very much in mind and with this scheme, we may well be providing England stars of tomorrow."
Richard Cox, Director of Cricket (WCB), said, “The Warwickshire Cricket Board prides itself on its key role in all areas of the local community. These coaching courses will allow us to widen our reach and get cricket out there for all to enjoy.”
Abi Dollery, Warwickshire County Cricket Club