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Four new Focus Clubs for YCB

Welton & Brough CC (East Yorks), Maltby CC (North Yorks), Guisborough CC (Teeside) and Aston Hall CC (South Yorks) are the latest clubs to have been awarded Yorkshire Cricket Board Focus Club status.

The Yorkshire Cricket Board now have 84 Focus Clubs who are working in community clusters including schools and key partners to increase participation and improve performance and are delighted to award Welton and Brough, Maltby, Guisborough and Aston Hall to this status.

Welton and Brough CC

Welton's Mike Hills with Andrew Watson from YCB

Mike Hills from Welton & Brough said: “Welton and Brough’s aspiration is to be a centre of excellence for the development of junior cricket for the area. Having only achieved Clubmark at the end of last season we were pleasantly surprised to be invited as a Focus Club.

“We see this as recognition of the hard work put in by our many volunteers in developing the club and in particular junior cricket. We look forward to the future and working alongside YCB to further develop our ambitions for the future of cricket.”

Chris Francis from Maltby CC said: “It is always good to be recognised for the work that you do, and the award of Focus Club status reflects the vast amount of work that has been carried out at Maltby since 1996.

Maltby CC

Maltby's Lee Pink (2nd XI Captain), Richard Stringer (U13 Lead Coach) and Mark Irving (1st XI wicketkeeper) with YCB's Andrew Watson

“To grow from just one senior side to a club with three senior and five junior sides (along with Clubmark accreditation) has been a remarkable achievement. Focus Club status does, of course, mean that we now need to move on to the next level particularly in relation to our work with local schools and the development of girl's and women's cricket.”

Steve Donlan from Guisborough added: “Guisborough CC are delighted that the hard work of so many of our coaches & officials over recent years has been recognised by the award of ECB Focus Club status.

Guisborough CC

YCB's Andrew Watson with officials and coaches from Guisborough CC

“Becoming a Focus Club has given us the credibility and confidence to lead cricket development in our local area. We have started to run courses in our local school and look forward to rolling this programme out throughout the area.

“Kids attending these courses have already joined us at our club junior practices so the benefits are obvious and immediate.”

Graeme Simmonite from Aston Hall said: “Integral in our development is the hard work and dedication our club’s officials, coaches and volunteers have put in achieving Clubmark and Focus Club accreditation.

“Achieving this accreditation benefits the club and the community in a number of ways, not least by prioritising the development of junior cricket and creating a benchmark for a high quality community cricket club. Parents in particular, can have confidence in choosing our club for their children.

Aston Hall CC

Andy Scott and Graeme Simmonite from Aston Hall and Lisa Pallett from Teenage Cancer Trust with YCB's Andrew Watson

“The club has launched in its Junior Section, a partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust. Whilst the club is dedicated to the development of junior cricket locally, it is important that as a club we realise, especially our juniors, that there are people far less fortunate.

“In sponsoring TCT the club hopes the raise the profile, awareness and much needed funds for children suffering from cancer. All funds raised by our club will go towards cancer units in the Sheffield area helping teenagers with cancer.”

YCB's Andrew Watson said: “We are absolutely delighted to award YCB Focus Club status to Welton & Brough, Guisborough, Aston Hall and Maltby. These clubs have already played an integral part of the development landscape in their own areas.

"They have worked very hard and we wish to congratulate them on becoming the latest YCB Focus Clubs and wish them every success."

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