North West Development team boosted by DFC funding
The NWCU is set to benefit from new Department for Communities funding to boost the number of cricket development staff in schools.
The Union was successful in securing funding for 3 new ‘JobStart’ positions that are fully funded by Department for Communities and will allow the Union to increase it’s school and club participation programme. The new staff are:
Mollie Devine – School and Club Participation Coach
Graham Kennedy – School and Club Participation Coach
Sarah Black – Cricket Support Officer
The North West Primary School Cricket Initiative has been running in 17 primary schools across the union since early October 2021. Development staff have been running weekly sessions for mostly P6 and P7 age groups in primary schools identified with clear club links.
NWCU General Manager, Peter McCartney, explained how the funding will support grassroots cricket:
“This new DFC funding means we can go into more schools, more often and help grow the interest in cricket from an early age.
David Scanlon is running a brilliant Primary Schools programme with a real focus on linking the kids we see in schools into our clubs. We plan to run a number of school events in our clubs this summer term and with our new development staff we can look forward to a really busy summer of school and club cricket”
North West Primary School Cricket Initiative schools for 2021/22:
Bready Jubilee PS
Castletown NS, Donegal
Cumber Claudy PS
Limavady Central PS
Raphoe NS, Donegal
Sion Mills PS