Cricket Wellington's One Club Programme up and running

Cricket Wellington’s “One Club” programme is underway with six premier clubs offered the opportunity to employ Club Development Officers, to deliver cricket programmes and administrative support to their local communities.  Taita, Onslow, Wainuiomata, North City, Johnsonville and Wellington Collegians are engaged in the One Club Programme for 2012-13.

The objective of the programme is to provide clubs with the opportunity to develop cricket within their communities to ensure the game is strong and vibrant in future.  There is a wide ranging job description that includes tasks such as assisting club committees with administrative tasks, building relationships with local schools and businesses, providing support to teams within the club and delivering cricket awareness lessons to schools in their community.

The programme runs for 8 months each season with shared financial responsibility by both Cricket Wellington and the clubs.  Cricket Wellington is fortunate to have secured support from the Infinity Foundation for the 2012-13 season.  We thank them for their contribution to a marquee initiative for the long term betterment of cricket in the community.

Cricket Wellington CEO Peter Clinton says the programme is an integral part to moving the game forward in the future.  “Clubs are run by passionate volunteers who dedicate hours to ensuring their club provides a positive cricketing experience to their members and community”.  “The role of a One Club Development Officer will remove some of the pressure from volunteers while also providing support for them, and allow clubs to create positive atmospheres for their members and community”.  He points to the success of Auckland’s “Club is the Hub” programme and believes the positive impact that’s had will apply to Wellington in years to come.     

The Taita Cricket Club is excited by the opportunities the programme offers their club.  They have recently employed Nick Wanden whose main role will be to build on the relationships made with primary schools last season.  “Nick’s main role will be to deliver the New Zealand Cricket Have a Go programme to local primary schools in the Pomare, Taita and Avalon region’s as well as set up a weekly primary school competition” Club Coaching Coordinator Dave Gillespie says.  “We see this as a critical role to developing the game in our community”.  “Cricket is not a strong sport in our area but the exposure and programmes that Nick will implement allow us to build a strong cricket pathway”.  Nick will also provide support to local colleges to ensure the work done at a primary school level continues into the college years.

The Onslow Cricket club are delighted to have employed former Black Cap, Firebird and Onslow Senior player Gavin Larsen as their Development Officer.  “We’ve already put Gavin to work in helping to facilitate a new youth-level cricket academy programme” says Onslow’s Junior Convenor David Ireland.  “He has also been involved in school visits in the area and helping with the juniors’ pre-season training”.  “One of the tasks Gavin is particularly looking forward to is running the Club’s Have a Go programme for those just starting out on their cricketing journey, it’s going to be a real buzz for the parents and kids alike to have a former Black Cap and local cricketing icon developing our youngsters’ cricket at that grassroots level”.

North City Cricket Club Chairman Rodney Moore is pleased the programme will allow them to develop the game in the Tawa and Porirua communities.  “Our focus is to sell cricket as a well organised attractive recreation option for people of all ages, male and female”.  “Neeraj Chawla, Club Development Officer, has been with the club for three seasons now and is a passionate and enthusiastic cricket to help promote cricket in our community”.  Some of Neeraj’s duties will be to support local junior clubs, primary and intermediate schools and colleges.

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