Chagford Goes Batty in Devon

PUBLISHED: 13:48 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013

Chagford Goes Batty in Devon

Chagford Goes Batty in Devon

Chagford Cricket Club's youth teams get ready for the Dartmoor Cup

Chagford Goes Batty

Chagford Cricket Clubs youth teams get ready for the Dartmoor Cup

How did the club begin and what are its aims?

In 1995, 100 years after cricket was first documented in Chagford, the clubs present ground was carved out of the lower slopes of Meldon Hill. The club runs two teams in the Devon League and has for many years hosted mid-week touring teams. Coupled with the senior programme is a new and dynamic youth project.

Who runs the club?

Its affairs are orchestrated and conducted by Chairman Bryce Rundle, who used to bat and bowl in South Devon and the RAF.

In what sort of places do you meet?

Chagford Cricket Club plays at The War Memorial Playing Fields, Manor Road, Chagford, where there are six grass pitches and one all-weather pitch.

How many members do you have?

Including vice presidents, senior players, junior players and social members, there are approximately 200 members.

What do you have planned for 2012?

This season one of our main aims is to welcome more young players aged five to 15 into the club. Children are divided into four age groups, u9, u11, u13 and u15, plus plans are afoot to start a girls team. Training sessions take place on Friday evenings 6pm to 8pm from 15 June to 6 July.

The Youth Section, very kindly sponsored by Helpful Holidays, provides opportunities for young people to receive coaching and as they grow in confidence play in matches. The younger children will be encouraged to participate in appropriate age group games and tournaments, whilst the older children and young adults will be given the chance to play in senior fixtures, in either the Devon League or mid-week friendly fixtures.

Parents are encouraged to stay around for the training sessions and their support is invaluable. This year parents can also get active with volleyball and grown-up kwik cricket during Friday training sessions.

Do you have any personal favourites?

The new Dartmoor Cup! Our Youth Development Programme takes cricket into the local primary schools. Over 300 children in four schools benefit from the project, which culminates this year with the inaugural running of the Dartmoor Cup. This is an inter-primary schools cricket competition that offers the children of North Dartmoor friendly healthy competition. Designed for all schools big or small, the idea is that on finals day the chance to win silverware is available to all.

Driven forward by Chris Mount (Chagford), Charlie Hughes (Lewdown), and Richard Tidball (Hatherleigh) and sponsored by Bovey Castle, the concept is to unite the three cricket clubs into delivering a cup competition to all the schools they offer community cricket to. So Chagford , Hatherleigh and Lewdown have put aside their rivalries and are working together to provide cricket collectively for approaching 1,000 children in the North Dartmoor fringes. At least 15 schools will take part with the diversity of school sizes pitching primaries with 35 children against ones of 150 plus. The culmination of this is two days of competition, round one on 22 May and finals day on 5 July.

The initiative exposes both boys and girls to playing cricket, and all three clubs actively encourage and are passionate about girls playing cricket. Hatherleigh has one of the oldest ladies sections in Devon. Lewdown has over the last five years developed one of the most progressive youth sections in Devon. It has also been awarded the Chance to Shine status for encouraging girls to play cricket in West Devon. Chagford Cricket Clubs youth teams are only in the second year of development, but are the driving force behind the Dartmoor Cup and girls will be a key part of this.

How much does it cost to join?

The Subscriptions for Chagford CC are full 50, non-player 30, associate 20, junior 20 (inc T-shirt) or 2.50 a session.

Contact info:

Bryce Rundle (senior teams/club)
01647 433581 or Chris Mount (youth) 07703 542697.

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