MORPETH Cricket Club is celebrating after achieving the ClubMark accreditation from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
It has been working hard over the past year to ensure that the club provides active, accessible and accredited provision of cricket coaching and matches to young participants.
The award also means that Morpeth Tennis, Cricket and Hockey Clubs, which are all based at the same ground at Longhirst Hall, have all achieved their national governing body awards for junior club accreditation.
Stephen Parsons, who as well as being a club coach is also Northumberland Sport’s Club and Coach Development Officer, said: “This is great recognition for the effort put in by all the coaches, volunteers and team members who have worked so hard over the past year to provide active, accessible and accredited participation opportunities.
“It shows that the club are committed to maintaining high standards and promoting the game of junior cricket in the Morpeth area.
“It is a great achievement for all three of the clubs to achieve their junior accreditations. It has been a very positive experience for the cricket club to achieve the award, we have seen the positive effect it had on the hockey club which last year received a national award for junior development.”
The club has worked closely with the local Director of Cricket at Northumberland Cricket Board Ltd, Ian Wardle, and the Community Cricket Coach for South East Northumberland, Tom Vickers, to ensure that all coaches at Morpeth hold valid CRB checks, are qualified to appropriate levels and the plans and procedures are in place for club members to enjoy the game in a safe and fun environment.
As a result of gaining the accreditation, it is now part of the national ‘Chance to Shine’ programme, which is being delivered by the club’s coaches in local schools with the aim of increasing membership in the younger age groups.
Junior coaching sessions run every Saturday morning from May to September at Longhirst Hall. For more information, visit www.morpethcc.co.uk