Clubmark Accreditation

Clubmark Presentation - Sunday June 27th 2010


Hurley have been presented with the ECB recognised Clubmark Accreditation. This is a fantastic achievement for us and we're only the 21st club in Berkshire to receive this. Dave Forrest (Youth Cricket Manager) and Hurley's 3 ECB qualified coaches David Simoes, Mark Allen and Neil Dawkins were presented with the accreditation from Mark Roche, Cricket Development Manager for Berkshire.










What does this (Clubmark) mean?


In a nutshell we've been recognised for putting in place a high quality set up for the development of youth cricket in the community. Clubmark is the ECB and Sport England national accreditation scheme that sees to recognise safe, effective and child friendly practices within clubs. Clubmark also enables us to be better positioned when applying for grants for ground equipment, coaching funding etc. Going forwards it is a key requirement for cricket clubs that want to be taken seriously.


What have we done?


We've built on the foundations of a colts section that was set up in 1975 by Fred Furneaux. Fred ran (almost single handed) the colts until recently when Steve Taylor and Phil Ridgeway took over the development of the current crop of U17 that are now starring in the senior teams.

In the last 12 months we have:


  • Established new teams at U9 and U11 as well as the existing U17s
  • 2 newly qualified ECB Level 2 coaches (Neil Dawkins/David Simoes) to supplement Mark Allen who was already qualified + Darryn Wright who hopes to be joining these ranks soon
  • Invested > £1000 in coaching and new kit for the youth section
  • Created a structured and fun coaching programme with regular training on Sunday mornings (U9/11s) and Tuesday evenings (U17)
  • Set up partnerships with 4 local schools to help promote Hurley CC to them
  • Have 30+ juniors regularly training at the club
  • Seen 40 kids (little and large) take part in a kick around on the outfield when the England USA game just got too dull!


Who's been involved?


The great thing is that this has been a real club effort with contributions including:


  • Committee - fully backing the programme and signing off the money required to get it up and running
  • Coaching - David, Neil, Mark, Darryn with support from Ross and Sam
  • Groundsman - this has involved further work for Jeff but getting the facilities in place for games has been key
  • Parents - helping out on match days, watching and supporting the boys and being very forthcoming with subs!!
  • Senior Players - coming down to support, helping out with umpiring, scoring, designing great recruitment posters or running the Clubmark requirements
  • Berkshire Cricket - selecting Hurley as a Focus Club to work with and providing us with support necessary to deliver.

What's next?


This isn't the end of the journey but the start of a long term development plan for the club. The aim for next year is to increase the numbers to 50+ children and get even more parents and members involved in the coaching. As part of our 5 year plan, we aim to get Hurley colts represented at all age groups from U9 to U17 with over 100 children involved in teh programme.


ECB Coaching Qualifications


Hurley is now lucky enough to have 6 ECB qualified coaches (and two in training) helping out as part of the Youth Programme:

Jordan Barradell-Pither - Level 2
Alan Mennie - Level 2
Jono Patrick - Level 2
David Simoes - Level 2
Clive Williams - Level 2
Graham Box - Level 1

More information on the ECB Clubmark process



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