So, how to start a cricket club? When was the last time someone thought about a cricket club starting, rather than folding or merging?
About as rare as the dentures of poultry, am I right?
It does happen. Albeit rarely in competitive league cricket. Brook-Walton CC were one Yorkshire example that started from scratch in the last decade. They had success in the Pontefract Cricket League, moved to the Bradford Cricket League and sadly folded soon after.
Few start a cricket club for the simple reason that there are thousands out there with existing infrastructure and means already.
Of course, in the wake of coronavirus of 2020, cricket clubs of all shapes and sizes need all the help they can get.
So, first question…do you really want to do this – or would it be better to support an existing cricket club in your area?
But just imagine…
Sculpting your own identity and principals has plenty of appeal, putting aside the logistics to plough through before working out if there are enough players to put out a team.
In idle moments, the Cricket Yorkshire XI has been constructed with its own spectacular ground and illustrious visiting teams but hats off to anyone who actually takes it beyond the daydream phase and makes it a reality.
How do you start a cricket club?
Slowly and methodically, whilst harnessing that enthusiasm. Brainstorm your ideas, plan meticulously and dig into the practical details at each phase.
Sure, it sounds like an outstanding idea in theory – but are you in it for the long haul?
There will be lots and lots of things you haven’t thought of because hey, no-one could possibly know all this stuff and whether it’s insurance, umpires, energy costs or finding a cricket ground, there will be mountains or molehills to scale.
That said, advice on all of this is on hand from your local Cricket Board in England or Wales.
It might also be that your vision to start a cricket club involves some friendlies, no HQ or leagues; in which case, it becomes so much simpler.
But, don’t be freaked out…the ECB Club Support section of the ECB website covers everything from facilities to volunteers and is the place to start painting in the picture.
While there is a waterfall of online resources around aspects of club cricket, the nuts and bolts on how to start a cricket club from the very beginning isn’t available in a convenient booklet.
That’s because it’s a bit of a mammoth undertaking but also that every club’s requirements will differ considerably.
What single piece of advice would I give?
Use everything and everyone at your disposal. That should include continual advice from Cricket Development Managers at your local cricket board, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), businesses, friends and the myriad of networks that can offer their own expertise.
(For a Yorkshire-based new club, contact the Head of Region in your area on the Yorkshire Cricket Board website).
Enough volunteers ultimately need to be committed to devote their time and energies to building something from the ground up.
The numbers of cricket clubs are falling, there’s no way to massage that fact, but if you want to buck the trend and start your own cricket club, your county cricket board is the contact point to get you started.
It doesn’t have to be a five-team club with two grounds. If you want to start a cricket club more relaxed with a group of mates and play
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ian Madden says
Hi my name is Ian Madden, I am the Head Groundsman at St John’s College Oxford, I started a small T20 league in Oxford for the Students to play in, the first year was brilliant but COVID destroyed last season, my question is, as I started and own the league how do I go about keeping ownership of the league so it won’t get taken over and destroyed by others, can I make ownership legal until I retire and want to hand it over
John Fuller says
Hi Ian, thanks for the message. I’d get some advice from the Oxfordshire Cricket Board (http://www.oxfordshire.cricket) but it’ll partly depend how formal and structured your current league is (constitution, committee, who’s the key decision-makers, codes of practice all clubs sign up to etc). Good luck with it.
Tushar Gupta says
Thanks for this article. We are very new to this and would like to start a club with our team. We have 14-15 players. The ECB support website doesn’t have the process to start a club from scratch. Can you please share relevant links to start a club from scratch?
Thanks in advance. 🙂
John Fuller says
Hi Tushar, thanks for your message. I’d recommend talking to a county board first (assuming you’re in the Uk as you mentioned ECB resources) for advice.
There isn’t really one resource or link I can point you to. It would be a very long article or even website 🙂
There’s a lot to think about with setting up a cricket club but it also depends how formal it is and whether you want to join a league or play friendly matches.
It can be quite relaxed, just turning up and playing other teams of course.
Good luck with it! Best wishes, John.