North West Seeks Player Feedback

The North West Cricket Unions Active Clubs Program, we are looking to get feedback from players, clubs, youth convenors and female cricketers.

As part of this, we are sending out online surveys for these groups to gain feedback on what went well this year and what we could do better. One of the aims of the surveys, and indeed the club forums that will be held in November, are to find out what the players, clubs and their members feel the union should be focusing on over the next few years.

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Future Warriors Open Sessions Announced

The North West Have launched the Future Warriors Program for 2019. The program that was massively expanded in 2018, both in the training and playing element is running once again.

The union have put the final parts of the Junior & Future Warriors program together & along with adding the regional match days in August, we are also delivering a series of ‘Open Sessions’ to ensure that coaches & selectors have the most knowledge possible leading up to selection for the 2018/19 programs.

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North West Junior Warriors Program Announced

The North West today launched its Junior Warriors Program for 2019.

The program is one of the entry points for both the North West and Cricket Ireland Performance pathways.

The Junior Warriors Program is for the under 11 and under 13 age groups, while the Future Warriors Program is for the under 15 & 17.

The Junior Warriors Program has been developing over the past few years to suit the needs of the players and clubs in the North West.

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North West Awards Dinner Details

The North West Cricket Union Awards Dinner will this year be held on Friday 26th October at the Best Western White Horse Hotel, Eglinton, with a 7.30pm meet for a 7.45pm start.

At this year’s Awards Dinner, The North Wests committee have been able to secure Brian Stirling as the guest speaker.

Brian is someone who many in the North West will know, most often seen as a spectator around the grounds, particularly at Irish games or having played against for Cliftonville in years gone by.

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Funding for the north west cricket union clubs

Rural Micro Captial Grants Open

The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs has opened their Micro Capital Grants scheme again for 2018. This program will be for between £200 and £1,500 and are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation. Projects must focus on one of the following three themes:

  • Modernisation  (of building(s) / assets)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Health and Wellbeing
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Funding Masterclass Announced

Cricket Ireland and the Provincial Unions are keen to build the capacity of clubs to apply for funding. 

To this end, Cricket Ireland has commissioned ‘2 into 3’ to deliver two important Masterclasses to clubs throughout Ireland. 

‘2 into 3’ is a Dublin-based management consulting company with expertise in applying for funding.  They are assisted in Northern Ireland by Otium Leisure Consultancy.

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North West Club Facilities Grant Opens

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The North West Cricket Union, with funding from Cricket Ireland are pleased to be in a position to offer all of our member clubs a chance to access funding toward ground and equipment improvements.

Clubs are asked to submit an application to the Union via email to david.bradley@northwestcricket.com no later than 31 October 2018, these applications will then be discussed and funding allocated to successful clubs.

This fund has been set up as part of the Cricket Ireland 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, with the National Governing Body aiming to assist clubs to improve grounds, pavilions and equipment. This is year three of the fund.

The amount of each grant will be limited to a minimum of £250 with a maximum of £2000, clubs are required to match the funding they apply and are allocated.


• Grants will be given for between £250 and £2000, the club will be required to match fund the

project, (i.e. A club applying for £2000 will be required to have a project of £4000 minimum

and funds in place to complete)

  • Forms will be forwarded to Union Administrator David Bradley not later than noon 31 October2018, no applications will be considered that are entered after this date
  • Clubs with successful applications shall be notified by the NWCU, and cheques will be issuedto the club in question upon presentation of an invoice and proof of payment for thecompleted project.
  • Funding levels are limited, the NWCU reserves the right to decide on which projects will befunded based on the needs of individual clubs and the benefit which projects will bring to theplaying of cricket in the NWCU region
  • The NWCU reserves the right to accept applications but limit the total funding allocated to apercentage of that applied for (e.g. a club may apply for £2000, but the allocation may belimited to £1500 or any percentage as seen fit by the NWCU)
  • Priority will be given to those applicants who have completed and submitted a current NWCUaffiliation form in full.
  • Priority will be given to those clubs who have completed or can actively show they areworking towards club accreditation/licensing.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email by 30 November 2018
  • Projects must be completed by 30 April 2019, with proof of payment for project forwarded toNWCU. Projects not completed by this date will have funding withdrawn.
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Cricket Ireland Level 2 Coaching course dublin November 2018

Coach Education Course Dates

Cricket Ireland Level 2 Coaching course dublin November 2018

Cricket Ireland Level 2 Coaching course Dublin November 2018

Cricket Ireland have announced dates for the upcoming Level 2 Course to be run Centrally at Kings Hospital, Dublin over two weekends (Nov 3rd & 4th then Feb 16th & 17th)

The course is aimed at coaches who are coaching children (players 13 years and younger) and/or young people and adults in a club setting, and who wish to extend their coaching knowledge and skills in order to create safe enjoyable player-centred coaching environments.

Course Dates & Times

Attendance at all three activities below is mandatory for course completion.

  • Residential 1 – November 3 & 4 (staying overnight*), 2018
    • Saturday: 10am-5pm
    • Sunday: 9am-4pm
  • Provincial Union-based Workshop – this workshop (approximately 3 hours) will occur in the coach’s home union 2-4 weeks after Residential 1
  • Residential 2 – February 16 & 17 (staying overnight), 2018
    • Saturday: 10am-5pm
    • Sunday: 9am-4pm

* The cost of accommodation is included in the course fee

Course Fee

€280 or £250 (NWCU members please contact Colin or Brian regarding funding assistance for this course.

The course details and the application form can be downloaded by clicking: Word version / PDF version.

Prior to the Level 2 being run, the North West Cricket Union will be running two Welcome to Cricket course in Fermanagh and Derry/Strabane Council areas.

The first will be in Lisnaskea on the 29th of September and can be booked via the below link

Omagh Fermanagh Cricket lEVEL 1 cOURSE sEPTEMBER 2018

‘What’s Your Game?’ Club and Coach Education Programme

The second Welcome To Cricket dates will be released very soon.


For more information on these or any other coaching courses please contact colin.manson@cricketireland.ie

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North West Seeks Independent Directors

The NWCU is seeking to appoint up to three non-executive Independent Directors. We would welcome applications from individuals with expertise in the following areas:
• Legal & Governance
• Commercial & Sponsorship
• Marketing & PR

The appointments will be from October 2018 and for an initial period of up to 3 years.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the strategy for the development of cricket in the NWCU region at a key time in the history of the sport, engaging with a range of partners, funding bodies, a committed volunteer workforce and the grassroots membership.


Fiduciary Duties
• To act as a director of the North West Cricket Union of Ireland (NWCU) in the best interests of the Company,
with honesty and in good faith towards its Members, employees, principal funding partners, sponsors and
the communities within which the NWCU operates;
• To fulfil his/her responsibilities under company law and regulation in the United Kingdom;
• To use such personal and professional skills together with such contacts, experience and judgement as s/he
may possess with integrity and independence to optimise both the short-term and the long-term
performance of the NWCU;
• To play a full part in enabling the Board to arrive at balanced and objective decisions in the performance of
its agreed role and functions, in line with the NWCU Memorandum & Articles of Association and NWCU
Board Terms of Reference;
• To ensure that the objectives of the Company, as agreed by the Board, are promptly and properly carried out; and
• To act in the way s/he considers, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of the Company for the benefit of its Members and the sport as a whole.

• To bring knowledge and experience from his/her professional background and qualifications for the benefit of the Company and the sport as a whole;
• To undertake a role on any Committee of the Board to which s/he may be appointed;
• To work with colleagues to undertake any specific project agreed by the Board to support the activities of the NWCU;
• To report to the NWCU Board on progress and any other issues which may arise from the work of any such Committee or project; and
• To represent the NWCU at relevant meetings, conferences and/or other events, as may be requested by the Board from time to time.


Required key skills, experience and qualifications:
• Professional experience and relevant qualifications in the specified field(s)
• Experience of operating at a senior level in a strategic capacity
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to work positively within a team
• Ability to develop effective, sustainable partnerships within the sport and with key stakeholders
• Ability to support, challenge and work collaboratively with the Chair, General Manager and Board of Directors

Required behavioural competencies and qualities:
• Strategic perspective and vision
• Drive and commitment; and the ability to demonstrate these attributes to others
• Commitment to the sport and the organisation
• Strong intellectual and analytical abilities
• Innovative thinking, with the ability to focus on the issues to be dealt with ‘Independent Director’ means a director, nominated following an external search process, who is free from any close connection to the charity over the preceding four years.

Independent Directors will be full members of the Board and will attend all Board meetings. In addition, it is expected that Independent Directors will sit on one or more Board committees.

The Board currently meets six times per year. Additional meetings may be required during the year subject to ongoing business needs. Board Meetings generally occur on weekday evenings, lasting around two hours.

Cricket is an ambitious sport, as such, we are keen to attract a wider pool of talent to the board to help the sport attract and integrate with a wider participant base, better reflecting today’s society.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, race, colour, sex, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, disability or sexual orientation.

How to apply

Individuals wishing to discuss the role further prior to application can contact the current Chairperson of the NWCU, Andrew Fleming, at andrew@fleming-steel.com or the General Manager, Peter McCartney at peter.mccartney@northwestcricket.com

Please submit your completed application to the NWCU General Manager, Peter McCartney at
peter.mccartney@northwestcricket.com. Closing date for applications is Friday 21st September 2018.

Please include a CV and covering letter outlining how you would meet the requirements of the role applied for.

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Two Warriors Named in Wolves Squad to Face Gloucester

Cricket Ireland has announced a strong 12-man Ireland Wolves squad for an upcoming four-day match against Gloucestershire 2nd XI to be played at Bristol Cricket Club next week.

The Ireland Wolves team was created in 2017 to bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket – typically to provide an opportunity for a selection of centrally-contracted senior players and the best emerging talent to play together in high-standard, competitive cricket matches.

Pete Johnston, Cricket Ireland Academy and Wolves Manager, said:

“The Wolves are looking forward to ending the season on a high with a four-day match against Gloucestershire 2nd XI. If similar to last year, I’d expect Gloucestershire to put out a strong side containing a large number of full-time professional cricketers.”

“Following time out with a broken finger, and off the back of leading a very successful Academy tour of London, Jack Tector returns to captain the Wolves. It is great to see Jack back and in form, he has been working exceptionally hard since his return with batting coach Ed Joyce.”

“It is also very positive to have Nathan Smith return from a serious side strain sustained in the build-up to Ireland’s Test match in May. Nathan offers control and excellent skills with the red ball and it is a credit to himself and our support staff that he has been able to return to play in a multi-day fixture like this before the season ends.”

“Craig Young is another player who in Inter-Provincial cricket has a proven track record in the longer format. Along with Smith and Tyrone Kane, the trio of quicks should provide Gloucestershire with a disciplined and stern test.”

“The pace attack will be well supported by the left arm spin of James Cameron-Dow – who has also done well in the Inter-pros – and the leg spin of Gareth Delany.”

“James Shannon adds experience to a strong batting line up, which includes James McCollum who to date has an excellent first-class record. The batting contains disciplined stroke makers and also mid-to-lower order power to move the game forward if and when required.”

“Unfortunately there are a few recent injuries that have resulted in Graham Kennedy, Max Neville and David Delany being ruled out of consideration for selection, and school commitments ruled out JJ Garth and Neil Rock.”

The Ireland Wolves squad

Jack Tector (Captain); James Cameron-Dow; Gareth Delany; Stephen Doheny; Shane Getkate; Aaron Gillespie; Tyrone Kane; James McCollum; James Shannon; Nathan Smith; Lorcan Tucker; Craig Young.

The fixture

11-14 September 2018: Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Ireland Wolves (Bristol Cricket Club)

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