In the Spring of 2013 through the efforts of Tony Philips and Barry McGeachy a Seniors 1st team was back playing cricket in Callander for the first time in over 70 years.
Anthony Philips was trying to introduce and develop cricket in the Trossachs at youth level and was coaching under 13s up at the primary and high schools when Barry McGeachy started to lend a hand with the coaching due to the high number of kids interested in the game. Through the efforts of these two the Callander Cricket Team was born. With the creation of two teams, The Callander Raiders (U13s) and the Seniors 1st XI, Tony took on the role of the Community Head Coach and sole charge of the Raiders and cricket development, with Barry McGeachy taking control of the 1st team and Club development.
The first Callander Cricket Club meeting was held in the summer of 2013 where a club committee was appointed. Through the brief summer the club managed to play its first couple games in over 70 years all be it friendlies, it was a great way of introducing cricket to some who had never played before.
Through the winter months the efforts have continued to train indoors at the McLaren leisure centre where the novices have been coached on their new skills and the more experienced players have being refreshing their own skills.
Despite the senior team playing games and training the efforts have needed to continue in the background to get the club established. One of the biggest issues being the lack of a home ground but through the perseverance of the Club Captain we have come to a ground sharing agreement with St Modans CC for the 2014 season. Sponsorship deals have also been agreed with The Waverly Hotel, Callander Meadows and KBM Hospitality bringing in much needed funds to get the club going. The cricket club has also gained membership into the Strathmore and Perthshire 2nd Division South with our debut competitive league game taking place on the 20th April 2014 in Alloa against a Clackmannan C.C.C. Another first and major test for the club will be in the Two Counties T20 Cup when we will take on the defending Champions Perth Doo’cot on May 13th 2014.
Cricket is back in Callander and hopefully with as the legendary Bumble says a WHALLOP!!
CALLANDER RAIDERS U13s
The Callander Raiders are the U13s team and are coached by Anthony Philips (Community Head Coach) and a couple of volunteers. They will be playing games in the Forth Valley League against other schools as part of cricket development in the Trossachs. It has been a very encouraging start for juniors coaching, especially in the fields of female and disability cricket. In a single week a total of 396 kids were coached, with 34.65% being girls but also since the start of 2014 we have now hit a total of 1000 different kids coached throughout our cluster. Not only is Tony trying to improve the standards of cricket played by the kids he is constantly striving to improve himself as a coach and has been on more coaching courses at Dundee University of Sport. All this coaching has been made possible by Awards for All who agreed to a funding application to pay for a Community Coach, this allowed Tony to resign from his normal job and take up coaching cricket full time which is something he has always wanted to do.
The future looks bright for cricket in the Trossachs.