Cricket Clubs in Middlesex perform a vital role in ensuring cricket is fun, safe and engaging for thousands of people within and around the county. Our commitment is to prioritise support to clubs in order to ensure a sustainable future for cricket in Middlesex. Read more
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The Middlesex Cricket Board (MCB) provides support to all organisations that deliver opportunities for people to play, attend or follow cricket in the County. The affiliation categories below outline the services and offers available to leagues, clubs, teams, schools and organisations in 2016.
ACCREDITED CLUB AFFILIATION: £150.00
Available to clubs with an active Clubmark accreditation or working towards accreditation.
LEAGUE CLUB AFFILIATION: £100.00
Available to clubs without Clubmark accreditation who play in the Middlesex County Cricket League, Middlesex Championship, the Middlesex 1987 Cricket League, the Middlesex Premier League, Middlesex Sunday League or MCB Development League.
ASSOCIATE AFFILIATION: £50.00
Available to clubs, teams, schools and organisations where the above categories do not apply. This includes clubs, teams and organisations wishing to affiliate to the MCB as a secondary affiliation.
Each club affiliated with the MCB - Accredited Club, League Club and Associate - is entitled to a fantastic range of benefits. Please see below for a full breakdown of all the benefits.
Middlesex Cricket works with a selected number of clubs on major facilities development projects known as 'Acme Projects'. Since launching in 2013, case officers have been engaged on projects covering various facilities development objectives: from the installation of new practice facilities, to CricketForce showcases; from the building of pavilion extensions, to the establishment of new cricket grounds.
To-date, over £4m in external funding has been secured towards these projects from funders such as Sport England, the Mayor of London's Sports Facilities Fund, London Marathon Charitable Trust, as well as from the ECB and Middlesex Cricket Trust. Case Studies of completed Acme Projects to-date can be found below:
- Chiswick CC (Asset transfer and CricketForce showcase)
- Eastcote CC (new changing rooms block)
- North London CC (storage facilities)
- North Middlesex CC (new non-turf facilities)
- Osterley CC (new square and changing rooms)
- Richmond CC (new second ground)
- Stanmore CC (NatWest CricketForce showcase).
Video case studies of Stanmore and Chiswick can be found below:
Capital Projects Funding
Prior to making any capital funding application, it is of critical importance that the sport development rationale for the submission is both well understood and articulated. This is because funders have set criteria for making an award – often directly related to organisations increasing participation in sport as a result of the investment.
Capital funding streams most relevant to cricket clubs in Middlesex can be downloaded via the attached pdf. Middlesex Cricket Participation Team staff have supported many successful applications made by local cricket clubs to these funds in recent years (see Acme Service).
ECB also produce a publication on sources of grant aid, and this can be downloaded here: www.ecb.co.uk/development/facilities-funding/grants-and-loans/additional-grant-aid-support-for-clubs
Middlesex Cricket work with the Institute of Groundsmanship's (IOG) Regional Pitch Advisor to provide specialist pitch support for grounds development and guidance to local clubs and organisations. Part-financed by funding from the ECB, regional pitch advisors are employed “to raise the standards of sports surfaces as well as the understanding of sports turf management practices among grassroots clubs.”
As a result, Middlesex Cricket and IOG launched the Pitch Support Network (PSN) service in 2015. This tiered pitch support programme is available to any affiliated club or organisation in the county. This allows clubs to engage with experienced ground staff on an informal basis to provide advice and guidance around their pitch development needs. More information on the levels of support available can be found in the PSN Service Offer document on the right of this page.
To request support, please submit a PSN Expression of Interest form, also located to the right of this page.
Further information and resources on groundsmanship in general can also be found on the ECB website: www.ecb.co.uk/groundsman
Each year Middlesex Cricket host their County NatWest OSCAs event, which gives us the chance to recognise the achievements of volunteers who give so much of their time to the game of cricket. Each year this occasion gets bigger and better and our event is proudly sponsored by Lexus Edgware Road. Middlesex Cricket is indebted to the work of volunteers in clubs, boroughs, leagues and committees and this event allows us to show our appreciation to those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of cricket in the county. Awards are handed out in the following categories:
- Building Partnerships
- Behind the Scenes
- Lifetime Achievement
- Young Volunteer
- Leagues and Boards
- Chance to Shine Coach of the Year
- Chance to Shine Primary School of the Year
- Chance to Shine Secondary School of the Year
- Chance to Shine Teacher of the Year
- Outstanding Service to Disability Cricket
- Outstanding Contribution to Middlesex Cricket
We greatly appreciate the ongoing efforts of all of our volunteers and with our OSCAs event growing each year we hope that clubs, leagues and schools across the county continue to recognise the hard work of these volunteers and give them the recognition they deserve.
Here’s to another great year!
NatWest CricketForce is the initiative that “encourages members of the club and the local community to get together to get the ground ready for the new season.” It’s also a fantastic opportunity for clubs to make substantial improvements to their facilities, at a cost significantly cheaper than would otherwise be the case.
Each year, CricketForce takes place over one ‘big weekend’ in early April. Registered clubs can choose to take advantage of the benefits available at any time during the season, however.
To register, click here: CricketForce Registration
Every winter, Middlesex Cricket selects and works closely with at least one club to develop and hold a successful NatWest CricketForce showcase project:
- Harrow St Mary’s (2010 – national showcase).
- Old Elizabethans (2011)
- Uxbridge (2012)
- Harrow Town (2013 – national showcase)
- Stanmore (2014 – national OSCA shortlist)
- Chiswick (2015– national OSCA award winner)
- Brondesbury and Osterley (2016 – national OSCA award winner)
- Pinner (2017 national showcase)
They’ve all seen significant financial investment into their facilities, recruited additional members & volunteers, and look back on their showcase event as a great achievement in their club’s history.
Further information on NatWest CricketForce can also be found at www.ecb.co.uk/nwcf
Clubmark is an accredited initiative for clubs with juniors that demonstrates a commitment to implementing a safe, effective & child friendly environment. In Middlesex, Clubmark is a requirement for all junior teams competing in the Middlesex Colts Association Competitions. For more information about the initiative and support available, please contact James Lark firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 3468020