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Rishton help make Lancashire 50 not out

Rishton Cricket Club from Hyndburn MBC were hailed as a ‘great success’ by the Lancashire Cricket Board on their achievement of becoming the 50th club to be awarded ECB and Sport England Clubmark accreditation.

The award reflects Rishton Cricket Club's position as one of the strongest clubs in Lancashire, with a thriving junior section.

Lancashire Cricket Board

The LCB would like to thank the club for their continued hard work and commitment towards the development of their club in particular Elizabeth Walsh, the clubmark Co-ordinator.

The ECB and Sport England clubmark accreditation scheme is a national programme that seeks to recognise ‘safe, effective and child friendly’ practices within clubs. With it come a range of benefits, not least the profile the scheme brings and the positive messages it sends to the local community, schools, community groups, local authorities and other local funding agencies about the quality and safety of a club's junior section.

Andrew Hayhurst, director of the LCB, said: “This is a very positive landmark for club cricket in Lancashire, as we always aim to boost the capacity of club junior sections and ensure that young boys and girls are able to play the game in a safe and secure environment.

"The clubmark scheme has and will continue to make a major contribution to cricket development.”

Rishton CC has been identified as a focus club by the Lancashire Cricket Board in recognition of its achievements, as well as its ability to deliver the development objectives of the County.

"It has a proven track record in administration, player and facility development.

The involvement of Lancashire’s CDO, Rudra Singh, and CSO, Gerry Thomas, has been crucial in helping the club to go forward with its plans.

The first stage was to assist the club in achieving Clubmark, which guarantees a base level of quality in all areas of Health and Safety and child protection.

The next stage is to ensure the club's development plan is aligned with the county development plan, so that it not only addresses the needs of the club but also of the District and County.

This in turn will help the club secure future funding and demonstrate a clear development path to potential sponsors.

Rudra and Gerry also play a central role in offering assistance in a number of other key development areas: volunteer recruitment and training, school to club links, coach education, Active Sport, summer cricket schools, facilities development, grant aid and so on.

Links with the local authorities are important too. Rishton are represented on the Hyndburn Cricket Development Group, which sets the agenda for local cricket needs including the running of the District sides.

Links with the local Sports College network and the Partnership Development Manager are being developed and will soon see the fruits of this link.

The facilities at Rishton’s ground, Highfield Road, are good and improving. The ground has two grass pitches, kept to a high quality standard by a full-time groundsman, which enables them to run several senior, junior and district games.

The club has dedicated coaching staff who run regular junior coaching sessions, including summer and winter cricket schools, maintain good relationships with all local schools and communities - encouraging young cricketers to make the transition from school cricket to club cricket.

With a commitment to improving its facilities and administration through volunteers and officials, the club's future is bright.