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Archer: Paddock can become Cricket Centre of Excellence

By Mark Fullilove, Thursday April 15

YCB Club Development Manager, Steve Archer, believes that Paddock Cricket Club can fulfil its ambitions and become a Centre of Cricketing Excellence.

In the last few weeks, the club launched its community programme of events to help people within the local area get back into sport beginning with the Sport Relief Mile event aimed at raising money for charity.

The programme of events was continued with the club taking part in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) volunteering event, Cricket Force, which enables the local community to support the clubs in their area and help clubs to regain their place at the heart of the local community.

The club has also linked up with Debbie Abrahams – the wife of former Lancashire captain John – to try and help develop cricketing facilities in the Huddersfield area.

This includes making representations in support of the Huddersfield Cricket Association’s request to include and improve the Kirklees area’s indoor cricketing facilities as part of their new Springwood Leisure Centre plan.

Archer believes that these sorts of events provided to the local community coupled with being involved in such campaigns can help to build and sustain links between various local authorities and organisations.

“Supporting such initiatives ensures that the club is prominent and pro-active within the local community, helping to positively promote the club and assisting with junior and senior recruitment,” he said.

“It also ensures key partners, such as the local authority, the YCB, the ECB and local businesses are more likely to engage with the club. All of this is a massive plus for the club in terms of sustained development.”

Paddock CC is perfectly situated considering the club is the only team left within the HD1 postcode and Archer is confident that the volunteers involved can help to deliver such a development project

“The YCB and Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) are charged with running Centres of Excellence.

“But in terms of Excellence for the area, which feeds into YCCC Centres, it needs co-ordination and co-operation of all Huddersfield clubs through a strong, vibrant Cricket Development Group which I am confident Paddock CC are capable of driving.”

And Archer praised the club for the way it continues to develop and thrive away from the pitch praising its proactive thinking and the continued striving for success amongst both players and volunteers.

“The club has made amazing progress within a short period of time,” he said.

“I have nothing but admiration for the way in which the club has not only embraced all initiatives offered, but also shown innovation in developing their own programmes and supported the development of Cricket not only for themselves but for Cricket within the Huddersfield area.

“I can honestly say that Paddock CC are one of the most pro-active, forward thinking and developmentally focussed clubs I work with throughout West Yorkshire.”

For more details about our development plans or to support campaigns such as the Springwood Campaign, please contact our Community Engagement Officer, Hugh Goulbourne, at

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