How do you gauge success of anything, particularly when working with youngsters? Well, most often than not, by seeing just how much enjoyment was had by those taking part. The penultimate Friday of April saw the opening night of the NEW FOR 2016 – FRIDAY NIGHT COACHING SESSIONS AND CLUB NIGHTS – and what a success it MOST CERTAINLY WAS!
All operations need a slick – and effective leader – and the cricket club is lucky to have NAT HUNT in their ranks for she, not for the first time, showed what an exceptional organiser she is. The fact that the opening session took part at all, on an evening when no one would have been surprised had the signs: ‘cancelled owing to the weather’ gone up. The fact they didn’t is down to the drive, spirit and determination of Natalie.
The night’s plans were also hit with the problems that hit another key member of the youth development group – Dave Bunker – who went down with that most painful of woes – kidney stones – and so missed the night altogether.
Once the dust had settled on the evening Nat said:
“On a dull and damp Bradninch evening, we had no fewer than 18 players up at the club for out first training session. It had to be hugely adapted for a mostly indoor session, but we managed and a good session was had.
We had 6 new players who came along to give us a trial and 5 players who just joined us for the taster sessions last summer holidays were there too! Vinny and Riley sent apologies as they are away, but will be back with us next week.
Dave B also sent apologies as he was poorly, so myself and Cameron entertained the different age groups with various competitions. Huge thanks to Fran Piper and Joe Nisbet for their help with the younger ages. Will B, Will G and Thom B were also there to help with creating the ambience and getting the music working. Hats off to Jill and Simon for getting the bar and kitchen organised with some help from one of the Mums. The Glendinnings have been a massive help to me these last few weeks, and I am very grateful for their support.
Feeling glad to have the first week under my belt and that we had a better turn out despite the weather than we had in all the weeks last season. We were missing a few of last years teenage players tonight, but I hope the sunshine will coax them out from hibernation when it arrives!
And now to get my shopping list sorted for the catering and baking for Sunday’s girls tournament. Be good to see anyone who can pop in during the course of the day.”
Anyone who can pop in – even on an ad hoc basis – and help – please do.
Oh yes, and WELL DONE NAT (and Simon and Jill Glendinning together with everyone else who delivered such a very special first Friday night)