Focus Club Community Clusters
In 2005, the 39 County Cricket Boards across England and Wales started the process of identifying a network of Focus Clubs and their Community Clusters.
This process was on the back of ECB launching its new Strategic Plan Building Partnerships.
What is a Focus Club Community Cluster?
A Focus Club Community Cluster is in essence a geographic area and is a collaboration of:
- The Focus Club (cricket club)
- Its partnership of schools / education establishments (including primary, secondary, special education needs schools, high and further education colleges)
- Local community groups (including youth clubs, brownies, guides, cubs, etc...)
- Local business and sponsors
What is a Focus Club?
Across the 39 County Cricket Boards in England and Wales there are currently just under 1,400 identified Focus Clubs. Focus Clubs are selected by County Boards on the basis that:
- They are identified as a key deliverer within the County Cricket Board Strategic Development Plan.
- They are committed to delivery of junior development programmes and/or development activities with specific target groups (disability, women/girls, and ethnic minorities).
- They are able to access and utilise ECB, County Cricket Board and local development resources to support the delivery of their club development plan.
A cricket club that is designated a Focus Club is:
- Affiliated to the ECB via their County Cricket Board.
- Committed to achieving the objectives within 'Building Partnerships'.
- Will work in partnership with ECB, the County Cricket Board, schools and the community to deliver high quality agreed outcomes.
- Has achieved and is committed to maintaining ECB Clubmark Accreditation evidencing that they are a safe, effective and child friendly club.
- Has a Club Development Plan that has been approved by the County Cricket Board and is reviewed and updated on an annual basis
- Annually registers for & is involved in NatWest Cricket Force
- Committed to & drives their local Cricket Development Group
In Yorkshire there are currently 84 Focus Clubs, 24 of which are in West Yorkshire, and 5 of these are in Calderdale:
- Rastrick (Round Hill)
- The club is affiliated to ECB via the County Board
- The club is committed to achieving the objectives within “Building Partnerships” via the YCB Strategic Plan for Cricket “One County 1 Programme”
- The club has achieved and is currently maintaining ECB Club Mark Accreditation evidencing that they are a safe, effective and child friendly club
- Commit to monitoring and evaluation
- Must attend local Cricket Development Groups
Focus Club Criteria
- The club will work in partnership with ECB, the County Board, schools and the community to deliver high quality agreed development plan outcomes
- The club has a development plan that has been approved by the County Board and is reviewed and updated annually – increase capacity, improve quality (by 31st August every year)
- Produce annual figures for the ECB on-line data for ECB, YCB, SE, Government and other Key Partners (by 31st August every year)
- Committed to making an impact locally
- Has strong and continued links with all Key strategic Partners
- The club is committed strategically to the delivery of junior development programmes/activities including specific target groups
- Ensure that a minimum of one club-school link – formal links are in place
- Links with school networks – formal links
- Annually increase participation, volunteers, players, coaches & improve quality
- Sharing “Best Practice” with other Focus/Non-Focus Clubs
- Sign up for “NatWest Cricket Force” each year
- Appoint a senior person as Focus Club Contact
- Must support local clubs in their Focus Club Community Cluster to develop with increasing participation, clubmark and club-school links
Focus Club Benefits
- First in line to be promoted through club-school links
- First in line for continued support from CDM/YCB/ECB
- Access to courses via Key Partners
- Gaining support from Sport Professionals – CDM/CDO/SDO
- Possible facility investment
- Creates more opportunities to play cricket
- Attracts more players/people
- Raises the profile of cricket in your community
- Good communication between clubs, coaches & officials
- Being in a better and stronger position to apply for funding
- Quality working partnerships with local schools
- Opportunity to build and strengthen a quality programme within schools and community
- Shares information, equipment & good ideas
- Creates coach development and possible subsidies
- Enhances/increases volunteer development
- Helps to promote the Club
- Increases membership
- Access and utilize ECB, County Board and local development resources to support delivery
- Possible generic course subsidies through CSP/Local Authority and other Key Partners
- Opportunity to become a “Friend of YCCC”
- Opportunity to participate in YCCC Cash Back Scheme