Strathmore Cricket Club

Provide quality opportunities for involvement in cricket to people living in the Forfar area

Current opportunities

Strathmore Cricket Club has a number of volunteering opportunities to offer to young people and adults working with people of different ages. This opportunity would be suitable for someone with an interest in working with children – in childcare, education or sports development ALL STARS - All Stars is a programme for 5-8 year-olds. It is designed to provide them with a positive first experience of the sport of cricket. There is a high emphasis on fun and playing simple bat and ball games. The programme runs for eight weeks and can run at any time of the year. At Strathmore we extend the opportunity to run through-out the year, moving indoors in winter. All volunteers will receive training appropriate to their role and current skills. They will also be supported by adults, working alongside them. Generally, we negotiate a form of contract with people, which sets out what they are committing to do and what we will offer in the way of support. Where young people are undertaking their volunteering as part of an award scheme or programme, the cricket club will provide the support and feedback necessary.

Strathmore Cricket Club is keen to make the game available to people of all ages and abilities. It has piloted Walking Cricket for adults and is keen to develop this to run on a regular basis all year round. This session is designed to encourage adults involved to stay physically active. It is also a social opportunity for them, with the emphasis on fun, not competition. Sessions last for about an hour and involve a mix of skills practice and game playing This opportunity would be of interest to people looking to in work with adults in a learning, care or sports setting. It would also be of interest to people who want to develop their skills in engaging with people generally.

Strathmore Cricket Club is committed to making opportunities to play the game available to as many people as possible. It normally offers after school opportunities in local primary schools and is keen to develop opportunities for S1 and 2 students at Forfar Academy and has delivered cricket sessions as part of the programme in youth work organisations – including Cubs, Scouts, Guides and youth clubs. These opportunities would involve leading or supporting sessions – normally about one hour – offering children and young people of different ages opportunities to play cricket games with a softball. This opportunity would be suitable for someone with an interest in working with children – in childcare, education or sports development. No prior knowledge or experience of playing cricket is required.

In 2018 and 2019, Strathmore Cricket Club ran cricket events exclusively for girls and women. These events had two elements: · CricHit – which is an exercise and fitness programme specifically developed for females · Softball Cricket – cricket games played with a softball The club plans to develop cricket for girls and women in 2020 and needs volunteers to help it do that. The club’s ambition is to establish regular girls and women’s sessions. CricHit – we would like to recruit and train volunteers who can deliver this programme to groups of girls and women. We would like to see the programme offered as an extra-curricular activity in school and on a regular basis at the club and in the community. Softball Cricket - This is the fastest growing aspect of the sport of cricket, in Scotland and across the world. We want to make sure that Forfar is part of that development. Girls’ and Women’s softball sessions are intended to be fun and social events. They normally include a mix of activities and games – with plenty of time for participants to socialise. They are flexible and try to take account of what participants want to do. For those who want to play more competitive games, sessions can be adjusted to make this possible. Strathmore Cricket Club is seeking to establish regular sessions at the club We are also keen to develop sessions at Forfar Academy – open to students and staff and have run some sessions for Brownie and Guide Groups in the past so the possibilities for this new venture are endless! To take these opportunities forward we also need volunteers in different roles, including to: · Promote and market programmes · Organise the cricket activities · Organise the social elements of events – music, catering etc This opportunity would be of interest to people interested in sports development, youth work, hospitality, marketing and promotion as well as for girls and women with an interest in fitness and sport.