Call to arms – Under 9s and 11s cricket needs your help

Cricket this season for the under 9 and 11 groups.

You may be aware that after many years’ service, Paul Butler has decided to stand down as the Under 9 coach. Paul has been a very positive influence on the club, bringing rigor through his position as Welfare officer to ensure we all can play and enjoy cricket in a safe and friendly environment and also spending many hours coaching the more junior players in the club. Paul has always expressed the need for coaching ratios to children to improve and with his children no longer playing cricket and a house move out of Charlbury, he feels that, understandably, this is the right time to move on.

Paul has for a long time, arranged games for the Kwik cricket tournaments and this year was trying to sort out teams for the Under 11s. With Paul leaving, there is a massive gap in what we have previously offered and this season we have been unable to supply anyway near as much opportunity for the 9,10 and 11-year-olds to play in games, as we would like. The youth committee is already stretched but we are putting together an emergency plan led by Paul Quibell Smith, Richard Ede and myself to at least try and ensure the coaching continues on a Friday and we can honour fixtures through the Kwik cricket and Under 11 super 8s program.

From this Friday, Paul Quibell Smith will be running the junior Under 9 group and Martyn Scull will continue to train the Under 11 group. We do however need to introduce a new brand of coaches that are willing to give up their time on match days or on a Friday evening. Therefore, could you please contact either Richard or myself if you are able to at least offer assistance for one session (or more) through games and training. Like you, we work in the week and we need to share this burden – this is a club wide plea to all members and parents!

Paul Jenkins email – pauldarrenjenkins@gmail.com
Richard Ede email – richard.ede23@googlemail.com

Thank you for your support and we await to be inundated with offers of support!