In the first national survey of its kind, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has launched ‘The National Cricket Playing Survey’ as part of the national governing body’s new strategic plan, Champion Counties.
Clubs will be asked for their opinions on how the ECB can serve the needs of cricket clubs and players at recreational and grassroots level. The ECB will use the findings to shape their plans for the investment of £96m into community cricket over the next four years across both England and Wales.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier told Leisure Opportunities:
“It’s vital that our recreational game continues to grow so we can nurture the next generation of potential England stars and maintain cricket’s position as the nation’s number one summer sport.
“There’s never been a better time to be involved in cricket with more opportunities to play the game than ever before for girls, women and disability cricketers as well as men and boys.”
Selby District Council showcase leisure centre plans
Last year, the Abbey Leisure Centre complex was destroyed by fire and next week Selby District Council will showcase plans for its replacement with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (who are the council’s leisure partner) at an event at Selby Market.
The new leisure complex will provide a larger gym, a six-lane swimming pool and an outdoor all-weather sports pitch and will cost in the region of £9m.
2013 Flame Awards winners
Earlier this month, the winners of the 2013 Flame Awards were announced during the Ball of Fire in Telford. The awards celebrate excellence and best practice in the fitness industry and are organised by ukactive, the not-for-profit body comprised of members and partners from across the UK active lifestyle sector..
Awards were presented across 11 categories and included:
Leisure centre operator of the year: DC Leisure
Health club operator of the year: Spirit Health Clubs
Spark of innovation, programme winner: NK Outreach Team, Leisure Connection
Spark of innovation, product: Gymetrix
Future of Flame winner: Matt Briggs, Slimming World
Centre of the Year: Fareham Leisure Centre
Club of the Year (3,000+ members): Ribby Hall Sport and Leisure
Club of the Year (1,000-3,000 members): Chatham Park Golf and Leisure
Club of the year (under 1,000 members): Spirit Health Club Gloucester
Educational club of the year – universities: Aberdeen Sports Village
Educational club of the year – schools: Featherstone Sports Centre
Corporate club of the year: Woodland Health and Wellbeing Centre (Jaguar Land Rover)