Young cricketers in the Island have been able to develop their skills after the Isle of Man Cricket Association received a Celton Manx Recognition award to fund a series of summer camps.
Held at Peel St John’s and Finch Hill cricket clubs and at King William’s College the camps were a mix of day-long introductory (Kwik Cricket) and ‘hard ball’ sessions for children between the ages of six and 14.
Cricket development officer Greig Wright said: ‘The Recognition award from Celton Manx has made a very real difference. To have this sponsorship made the camp fees all more the affordable, therefore accessible to more young people, and also meant we were able to provide T-shirts bearing the Celton Manx and the association’s logo for the first 40 who signed up.
‘These camps give a good introduction to the game – not only the playing of cricket, but also the rules and code of behaviour expected – and over the course of the sessions we saw significant improvement in standards. It’s also emerged there’s a keen appetite to carry on with the camps indoors over the winter. Additionally, with the Isle of Man Cricket Association being a not-for-profit organisation, we’ve been able to donate any surplus money made through fees to our hosts, so there is very much a lasting legacy to our Recognition award.’
Christian Webster, 11, attended four summer camps. He said: ‘The camps were very good. It’s helped to improve my batting skills a lot and also my catching technique’s got better, too. You also get to know everyone else on the camps and make new friends, which is great.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘In holding these camps the Isle of Man Cricket Association is helping to create more personal development opportunities for a wider audience of young people of all playing abilities. This mirrors one of the core aims of our Recognition scheme which seeks to benefit as broad a cross section of the community as possible. It is also commendable that Greig and his colleagues are doing much to integrate the island’s cricket clubs and reinforce the fundamental sporting values of fair play, respect for others and teamwork.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery is pictured with cricket development officer Greig Wright and coaches Sally Green and John Horbury together with young people taking part in a summer camp at King William’s College