CRICKET activity for youngsters returns to Glenpark on Wednesday (1 July).
Greenock Cricket Club, in common with other clubs across Scotland, has been given the go-ahead by cricket’s governing body, Cricket Scotland, in conjunction with Sport Scotland, to begin coaching following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
There will be strict adherence to rules which have been set down by the national authorities to ensure the safety of both the young people and the coaches.
Until there is a further relaxation of rules, youngsters attending must be accompanied by an adult from their household, who they will have to pair up with throughout the session.
Glenpark is a large, walled ground at the intersection of Fox Street and Brisbane Street and provides a safe environment for youngsters to enjoy the sport.
The size of Glenpark also means that small groups of children can each be coached in quite separate parts of the ground with their own coach and equipment.
The club will also provide sanitising materials to assist with ensuring all necessary provisions are in place for those using equipment.
The sessions give an opportunity for youngsters to develop an interest in the sport and, with small numbers in each coaching group, it will be an ideal time to pick up the skills of the game.
A number of young players who have learned the sport at Greenock CC have gone on to gain recognition at district and international level.
Best known is Richie Berrington who is currently Scotland’s most capped senior international player.
In more recent times, Neil Flack captained Scotland’s team at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016, and, in January, Sean Fischer-Keogh was a key member of the Scotland side at the 2020 Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.
Other young players who have developed well from the junior coaching set up at Glenpark and have West of Scotland District XI age group appearances and also progressed to make 1st XI appearances include Jamie Nowell, Cameron Calder, Lukas Fischer Keogh and Tom Forrest.
A number of girls too are showing great interest and ability and have impressed district and national coaches.
Emily Norris and Amelia Calder are two such youngsters who have a real future in cricket and regularly played in one of the club’s adult XIs in competitive league cricket at weekends last season.
Coaching, for youngsters aged seven to 13, starts on Wednesday (1 July) and will take place between 6.30 and 7.30pm each Wednesday until the end of August.
Equipment will be available at the club.