The mark of success for Darley Dale CC

Mark of Distinction: Jim Horton of Darley Dale Cricket Club with their new ECB Clubmark award.
Mark of Distinction: Jim Horton of Darley Dale Cricket Club with their new ECB Clubmark award.

MONTHS of hard work have paid off with the news that Darley Dale Cricket Club has received the ECB’s Clubmark accreditation.

This means the club operates policies and practices designed to ensure it can deliver high quality community cricket in an environment that is safe, effective and, in particular, provides good and safe facilites for young people to play cricket.

Committee member Jim Horton was one of the people at the club tasked with helping achieve the accreditation.

He said: “There are two main reasons that clubs go for this award. They want some form of official ECB recognition that things are going in the right direction, particularly in regards to junior sides and also it gives us a much stronger chance of securing funding and grants from various governing bodies, which is something that has already happened as it has helped with equipment such as a roller and new practice net.

“The Derbyshire Cricket Board has helped us quite a bit, which we are grateful for, and this accreditation is something that is ongoing because we have to draw up a plan each year to satisfy the ECB and the status is renewable every three years.

“I was involved when Wirksworth and Middleton achieved this a few years ago and thought it would be good for Darley Dale to do the same as proof of its progress. It is tangible recognition of heading in the right direction and of having a good youth section. Myself, Richard Johnson and Stuart Rudkin were mainly the ones involved in working on this over a period of about 18 months, filling out the right documents and completing the paperwork.

“The juniors section here is in a good state, and is gradually improving. There are two senior teams, a very good social setup with the weekly brass bands concerts during the summer proving popular and all in all it’s a busy club, so to get the Clubmark is pleasing.”

Looking ahead, the club will be running five junior teams next summer, two in Kwik Cricket, and one each at under 12s, under 13s and under 14s levels.

Dave Briggs will again oversee the under 13s and 14s while Stuart Rudkin and his team look after the under 12s and Kwik Cricket.

Nearly 50 young cricketers – boys and girls – took part in Darley’s junior cricket practices and games in 2011 and will be involved again in 2012.

The club has several Level Two and Level One coaches and more members are intending to undertake qualifications this winter.

Anyone interested in junior cricket at Darley in 2012 is asked to contact Stuart Rudkin on 01629 584479.