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Accreditation and Development Plan

Montgomery Cricket Club are proud to have achieved Clubmark Accreditation in September 2008. We are the first cricket club in Mid Wales to have attained this award and it is a testament to our hard working Development Committee and Youth Committee that we have been able to reach the standard required in such a short time.

Clubmark Accreditation is the Sport England cross sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections. The ECB accredit clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four key areas:

  1. The playing or participation programme
  2. Duty of care and child protection 
  3. Sports equity and ethics
  4. Club management

The benefits to the club and its members are as follows:

  1. An increase in the quality of coaching at the Club
  2. An improvement in the structure and communication within the club
  3. Access to professional cricket support through the ECB
  4. Access to funding to help with investment in ground and facilities
  5. Increase membership in the club – especially in the youth section 

As part of the Accreditation process a clear development plan has to be in place. Montgomery Cricket Club embarked some years ago on a 5 year planning process that set out our investment plans and developments that need to take place at the club to take on the challenges of the next generation. A copy of this plan can be found in the clubhouse or from the Management Committee Secretary David Thomas (01686 668934).

The Development Plan contains our intentions to invest in the future at the Club and has included the following over the last seven years:

  1. Improvement in clubhouse facilities, including improved team, umpire and youth changing facilities, new showers and the installation of a disabled toilet – Completed April 2010
  2. Installation of improved all weather net facilities – Completed November 2009
  3. Installation of an artificial wicket on the square – Completed April 2012
  4. Replacement of some ageing equipment, such as a fine cut mower and an outfield mower – Completed May 2010
  5. Acquisition of covers – Completed June 2010

All these improvements underline the emphasis that the club places on the future and specifically the facilities to help coach and promote youth cricket in the area.

It's thanks to a very successful programme organised by club members that over £30,000 has been raised through commercial sponsorship and fund raising events. Added to this over £60,000 has been raised through grants from the E.C.B., P.A.V.O., The Laura Ashley Foundation, Powys County Council and The Lords Taverners, Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust and the Powys Community Endowment Fund. The plan was to invest over £90,000 in the Club facilities and this has been achieved! We have further plans covering the next 5 years and these are aimed at additional improvements to the Clubhouse and improvements to the playing surface.