Focus on.......Hatfield Town Cricket Club

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2019 16:30

Focus on.......Hatfield Town Cricket Club

4/5 years ago Hatfield Town Cricket Club was failing. They had two senior sides watched by one man and his dog and a social evening league side using facilities that was barely adequate.

Hatfield Town decided as a club to make a concerted effort to launch a junior section in an attempt to ensure they had future playing and non-playing members for the club. The hard work put in by the volunteers now sees Hatfield running an U9's, U11's and U13's. This progress has also seen them become a focal part of the local community. Every Friday night they have between 30 and 50 juniors training with around 100 parents and other family members being catered for; they also hold bank holiday village sport tournaments and are now an All-Stars provider with 25 youngsters registered for 2019.

2018 also saw the introduction of a Women's Softball Cricket team which has provided a great opportunity for many of the female social members to take part in the sport, Get Doncaster Moving's Sport Club Fund was able to assist with a grant providing equipment to allow the ladies to train alongside the junior sides.

Hatfield have undertaken this work whilst also progressing the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) Clubmark Accreditation. Martin at Hatfield said: "We were grateful to the Get Doncaster Moving Sports Participation Co-ordinator for reviewing our folder prior to completion as it highlighted the need for an in-depth review of the club's progress and targets in order to prepare a Club Development Plan. This was completed and reviewed by the Sports Co-ordinator and is now included in our Clubmark folder awaiting ECB sign off".

This amazing 'off the field' progress means the club can no longer exist within their current facilities therefore the members embarked upon the 'Pavilion Project' in 2017. They now have planning permission in place for a new pavilion which was recently backed by Sport England, with the club being awarded £75,000 towards build costs. This is on the proviso that they can raise the cost shortfall through other funding. Martin said: "The Club Development Plan supported by Get Doncaster Moving was a key component of the success in this funding application as it provided the application panel with a clear definition of our club's future".

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