Templepatrick Cricket Club, which is widely recognised as one the best cricket clubs in Ulster, is on the look-out for new players for the 2012 season.
Preparations are already under way at the Ballyclare club for this year’s league and cup campaigns, with winter nets practices due to start soon.
Templepatrick CC recently invested more than £150,000 in its playing and practice facilities at The Cloughan, and last year became only the third cricket club in Northern Ireland to be accredited on the Cricket Ireland / Sport NI Club Accreditation Scheme.
The club also enjoyed considerable on-field success in 2011, with the 1st XI finishing joint winners of the Ulster Bank League Section Two and the club’s Under 15 side also sharing their league title after losing only once all summer.
Three of the club’s junior members - all regulars in the 1st XI set-up - went on to earn representative honours with the Ulster Schools and NCU Inter-Provincial teams.
The youth coaching system at The Cloughan, sponsored by Holm NI and led by the club’s 12 qualified coaches, continued to grow last season, at Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 level. The club now has more than 140 youth members, including some 90 boys and girls aged 5 - 11 in its weekly coaching programme. TCC coaches are also active in the local community, holding regular sessions at local primary schools.
The tireless efforts of Templepatrick’s Head Coach and Cricket Development Officer, Andy McCrea, were recognised in 2011 as he was named the Sky Sports UK and European Cricket Coach of the Year at the ECB Coaching Awards in London. And the club has also been nominated in two categories at the upcoming Newtownabbey Borough Council Sports Awards.
Commenting on the season ahead, Andy said the club is keen to continue to grow and progress, and attract new players to its ranks.
“Last year we enjoyed great success, both on and off the field. But now we want to build on that success, push our club to the next level and make 2012 even more memorable.
“We have a great crop of talented players at Templepatrick, but we are always on the look-out for new talent. Whether it’s someone who’s new to the game, or who has played before at another club, young or old, they’re welcome to come along to Templepatrick Cricket Club and see the quality facilities and coaching we have to offer.”
First XI Captain, Richard Greer added: “We have great facilities at the Cloughan - some of the best anywhere in Ireland - and a dedicated team of qualified coaches who do fantastic work with players of all ages and abilities. But we are always looking to the future; looking for ways we can progress further and improve our standard of play - ultimately at how we can win more silverware while still maintaining the fun, family-friendly ethos of the club.
“With our winter practices due to start next month, we want to invite cricketers, whether they’ve played for another club or played at school, to come along to Templepatrick Cricket Club.”
TCC winter nets sessions will take place at Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballyclare on Friday evenings starting in early March.
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