St Chads Broomfield Cricket Club
Location: Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds, LS16 5JT
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A "village" club in an inner city environment, St Chad's CC was founded in Far Headingley in the early 1880's, playing at their ground in front of St Chad's Church since 1922. The original team played friendly games on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The club merged with Headingley Broomfield CC in 1979 to form St Chad's Broomfield CC, and the club fielded two teams in the Wetherby Cricket League in its first year. In the early 1980's a 3rd XI was formed, initially to play friendlies, before joining the Dales Council League, and then becoming a member of the Wetherby Cricket League in the mid 1990's.
Currently the club still runs three teams in the Wetherby Cricket League and a friendly team. The 1st XI and 2nd XI continue to play in front of St Chad's Church and the 3rd XI and 4th XI play a short distance away at Richmond House. We also have evening league teams as well as junior teams at U17, U15, U13, U11 and U9 age groups.
In 2010, the 1st XI won the Wetherby Cricket League Championship for the first time to add to the many trophies won by the club and its players over the years.
Youth cricket is a vital part of our club. We run junior teams from U9’s through to U17’s and have done so for a number of years. We now have in the region of 70 junior members. With a number of qualified coaches at the club (including our overseas player) we feel we give them every opportunity to develop their game. As a club who have a 3rd XI in the league and occasional 4th XI friendly games, we can give our juniors the opportunity to play senior cricket when they are ready to do so. We have seen a number of local clubs/teams fold recently and the vast majority do not have junior sections, which is why we aim to continue to improve on the excellent set up we already have.
At the moment our membership, both in seniors and juniors, is very strong and we must not rest on our laurels and continue to grow the club. We have the problem that many clubs have with junior sections in that we lose too many players at the 16-21 age group. The club are looking into ways to keep these players involved, including playing in the local Last Man Stands league to give them a shorter version of the game which is something they are more familiar with.
We have several plans in the pipeline to take the club to the next level, this includes improving both the ground and the pavilion. We have already looked into funding streams for both of these and are confident that by 2020 we should have some of the best facilities in the area (even if our ground remains relatively small). We also aim to maintain our Clubmark status which we have had for a number of years.