Establishing a link

For a Formal Club/School Link to be established the following procedures should be adhered to as a minimum requirement

The YCDO arranges coaching visits to schools

The Club is informed of school visits

Club details are supplied to the schools

School details are supplied to the club

Club and school(s) liase

A meeting is arranged with all parties and the YCDO

The Club registers the personal details of children attending the club

The Club supplies each child’s details to the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Marketing Department for the purpose of Junior Tykes mailing

Dual use of club and school facilities is up and running.

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Important Contacts

Local YCDO
Local Education Authority (LEA) PE Advisor
Local Authority (LA) Sports Development Officer
LEA PE TOP’s Support Officer
LA Disability Officer
LA Sports Development Officers with special remits
Primary Heads
Secondary Heads
PE Staff
Leisure Centre Personnel
Club Coaches
Club Secretary

Finance

The Club-School Link is generally self-financing. However you should contact your local YCDO for assistance if required. The Club-School Link is a key factor for grant applications.

Qualified Coaches

After qualifying many club coaches work in isolation, but the Club-School Link should make them feel part of a coaching structure and may also give an incentive to attend local ACC branch meetings.

A syllabus for Proficiency and Kwik Cricket Skills Awards would be supplied to the club coach and would therefore provide a common approach to junior coaching within the Club-School Link which is important, particularly to the newly qualified coach where this could act as an “after care” service.

Child Protection

Clubs should be aware of the current child protection issues as required by ECB and YCB. Every coach should have an ID Badge issued by YCB which is available on request. Details from your YCDO or from Howard Clayton

Summary

The YCCC School or Club Visit Scheme to the Headingley Cricket Ground to demonstrate Kwik Cricket at the County or Test Matches is a very good initiative. This will also help to increase Junior Tykes membership.

There is a common theme throughout the practices. A club/school link could be a mixture of the above examples. In some areas several clubs may combine to support their local schools.

Andrew Watson

Yorkshire Cricket Board Senior Development Officer

May 2003

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