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Hundhill Hall earns Clubmark status during NWCF

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Hundhill Hall Clubmark

Members of Hundhill Hall down tools to receive Clubmark from Tony Bowry

NatWest CricketForce 2008 will be remembered for years to come by members of Hundhill Hall Cricket Club after they downed tools midway during their refurbishment activities to receive an important award - ECB Clubmark accreditation.

The certificate was presented by Tony Bowry, cricket development officer with the Yorkshire Cricket Board to members of the Club during a weekend that could transform its future.

Over the weekend, more than 30 volunteers turned out from the Club who were joined by eight people from Nat West Bank in Wakefield, including the Manager Julie Jackson.

"We achieved all we set out to do and more," said Charlie McArdle, HHCC Secretary.

"Our new sightscreen is built and the metal work is in place (and painted) for the lower end sightscreen to cover the extended square.

"The additional nine meters we now have on two sides of the ground is open to us with the old fence removed ready to be seeded, rolled and brought in to play during second half of the season with the benches also moved back to the new fence.

"Our current pavilion is now clean and tidy and spuced up so we are almost ready for the start of the season. Hopefully, to will be replaced after the season with a new building to be ready to fit out as part of CricketForce 2009."

ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan. The four themes are Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children; the Cricket Programme; Sports Equity and Ethics and Club Management.

Picture: left to right Ulric Murray (President), Neil Rush (Vice Chairman), Nev Malyan (Chairman), Iain Barton (Groundsman), Tony Bowry, Tony Dove (2nd XI Vice Captain), Keith Breckon (Development Manager) & Sam Malyan (U17s, a spin bowler already playing senior cricket for 1st XI with his older brother and father).