WHALEY Bridge Cricket Club’s drive and commitment to get more youngsters involved in the sport has been honoured with a top community award.
The New Horwich Park club picked up the Community Club of the Year award from Derbyshire Cricket Board (DCB), during a presentation event at Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s County Ground last Wednesday.
It honours the club’s commitment to junior cricket in its community, working in partnership with the DCB to deliver coaching opportunities such as summer camps, while at the same time developing strong links with local schools.
Mick Glenn, DCB’s Club Cricket Development Manager, said: “We have been working with Whaley Bridge for the past four years.
“When we first started they had a very small junior set-up, but through their hard work and dedication they now have a thriving junior section, with youngsters starting to come through to the county sides.”
Stuart Milner, junior co-ordinator at Whaley Bridge Cricket Club, said: “The club is absolutely ecstatic to receive this award. It recognises all of the hard work we have put in to cricket in our community.”
The club, which is also in the process of working towards Clubmark accreditation, is hosting an under-12s fixture between Derbyshire and Yorkshire today (Thursday).