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Crossbank Meths Cricket Club

Address: The Rumbolds, Off Lea Road, Birstall, West Yorkshire, WF17 8BB

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Phone: 01274 877834

The club was originally founded and built in 1904 by the late Methodists and benefactors Alfred Rumbold and his son, Kenneth; and although the religious ethos is a long distant memory, the club continues to uphold its historic values and commitments to its local community and the sport of cricket. 

The club serves the socially deprived local communities of Birstall and Batley, and has undergone some significant and dramatic changes, mostly over the last few years. 

The committee set about a major 5 year plan to bring the club and its facilities into the 21st Century and to protect the club’s financial and long term future. This was to be a huge project bearing in mind the very small size of the club and its membership in 2011/12. The committee began the work with the help of Steve Archer, one of Yorkshire Cricket Board’s Development Managers, and began identifying key targets over the coming years to assist the club in its goals. 

Our goals were to:

  • Qualify a minimum of 3 playing members as Level 2 ECB Coaches
  • Re-establish a Junior Section
  • Attract Women and Girls to the sport of cricket
  • Introduce cricket to the disabled community 
  • Attain ECB Clubmark
  • Begin a community coaching academy to visit Schools and groups
  • Increase Social and Playing Membership
  • Attract Community Groups to use the Facilities
  • Forge Corporate partnerships in the local community 
  • Apply and win Grant funding for a new clubhouse build through various sources
  • Improve the Square, quality of wickets and the general playing area and its environs.
  • Switch the Club into a more competitive league to increase the quality and standard of cricket
  • Attract good quality players to the club
  • Become a family orientated community club 

All these interim targets were gradually met with the hard work and commitment by a small group of Committee members who have worked tirelessly over the last few years. All of the targets set have been met. 

We now have:

  • 3 ECB Level 2 Coaches
  • U9, U11 and U13s Junior teams at present with an U15 team likely next year
  • We now have 1 senior woman player and 8 junior girls playing cricket at the club
  • We are in the process of working with Yorkshire Cricket Board to develop sessions specifically for disability groups 
  • Attained Clubmark accreditation in 2013
  • Visited local Schools and Community Groups offering FREE junior and disability cricket coaching alongside the national “Chance to Shine” initiative
  • Increased our Social and Playing membership by over 300% in the last 2 years
  • Various Community and Charity groups that use our facilities for Cricket and other Sporting activities including Scouting groups and School partnerships
  • Increased corporate sponsorship and donations by more than 500%
  • With the assistance of Richard Sutcliffe from Funding4Sport, attained grant funding for a new clubhouse which has been valued at £250,000 on completion. Awards have been attained through Sport England’s Inspired Facilities, Kirklees Local Authority and EWCB. The clubhouse Rebuild should be finished for the start of the 2015 season and will offer Disabled toilet facilities and Access, larger Kitchen and Lounge areas, Women/Girls changing room, Home and Away, and Umpire changing rooms. With other Grant applications currently being written for external Ground and Facility improvements, junior equipment, Junior Coaching and Social Areas in and around the ground to increase participation and spectator numbers.
  • A Specialist cricket groundsman who now looks after the Square and the standard of wickets has improved significantly.
  • Moved leagues and we are making our Central Yorkshire League debut this year after switching leagues from the Huddersfield Central League. We see this as a major move for the club from an improving standards of cricket perspective.
  • Not gone unnoticed as we had contact from a Club over in Victoria, Australia, who were keen to send over a young Australian for this season commencing 2015 to help his cricket and coaching development. We have therefore signed our first overseas for many years.
  • Become a family orientated club with a significant increase in the number of families which use the club either socially or to play sport. The new Clubhouse will now allow more families, community groups and Corporate bodies to use the facility

In summary, the last 3 years have been very hard work for the club and its members; however we are now reaping the rewards for this commitment and dedication. Hopefully the work at “The Rumbolds” that has been achieved in the last few years will set the club up for the benefit of the next few generations of young sportsmen and women.