Wiltshire Cricket

Action Plan - 2014

Full details of Wiltshire Cricket's 2014 Action Plan can be found here


Action Plan Bitesize

To assist more people, clubs, coaches and officials knowing and understanding the Action Plan we've broken down the Action Plan into smaller chunks for easier understanding. The plan is based around 4 key areas, some dictated by the ECB and some directed by local priorities. The plan is insight led following the National Cricket Playing Survey (NCPS) 2013. The four areas are:

1) Player Retention

2) Disability Cricket

3) Governance of Cricket Board's

4) Local Priorities

Here we provide a bitesize look at the Action Plan for the core details.

Update 1 is Player Retention:

The PLAYER RETENTION element of the plan is influenced by the ECB's headline aim of 'more people playing more cricket in teams.'

This will be delivered through 6 areas:

  • Review of Local League Structures - inc start times, finish times, travel times, length of matches etc
  • Provision of Social Cricket concepts - aim to increase participation through short format, fun, social cricket
  • Local Wiltshire competition - Wiltshire Wallop; providing short format, flexible structure for all Wiltshire clubs to enter. Entries can be made by email to Ben White ben@mbakery.co.uk by Friday 14th March.
  • Work based Cricket - a big reason for drop out in Wiltshire according to the NCPS is work so this aim is to look at formats to cater for players in and around work.
  • Under 18 Cricket - NCPS results and Club Forum feedback show that the drop off after the age of 15 could be prevented through coaching and appropriate competition for U18's. Entries and questions can be put to Andrew Short andrew.short@manuli.co.uk by Friday 28th February.
  • Super 3's Cricket for Women and Girls - providing playing opportunities for female players through area based teams.

Update 2 is Disability Cricket:

DISABILITY CRICKET is a key focus for the ECB and as such, an integral part of County Board delivery plans. In Wiltshire, consultation has taken place with partners and an action plan drawn up that will see the following key aims pursued:

  • 6 week blocks of schools coaching targeted at 10 SEN schools
  • Work carried out with Wiltshire College to support cricket volunteers working within disability cricket
  • Project work carried out in Trowbridge and Salisbury at existing adult daycare centres
  • 4 Community hub club projects developed - Potterne and South Wilts identified at the moment
  • Visually Impaired (VI) and Hearing Impaired (HI) schools provision researched and support offered in terms of cricket
  • Workforce development - identification and training of coaches

A disability cricket steering group will also look to be set up with representatives from schools, clubs and community groups involved to help ensure that delivery is targeted at the right people in the right place by the right people. This will also help a disability cricket pathway be established and promoted.

Update 3 is Governance

According to the ECB there are 8 characteristics of a high performing cricket board and Wiltshire Cricket carried out a self assessment to establish their position relative to those characteristics. GOVERNANCE is therefore the 3rd key point in the Action Plan and consists of 8 key actions:

  • Risk Management: WCL heavily relevant  on external funding and needs to risk assess financial decisions related to the planning / delivery of new programmes
  • Financial Controls: there is a need to look more closely at long term financial planning
  • Business Continuity: this is an area the Board needs to focus on closely as no plans are in place
  • Succession Planning: linked to the above point there is a need to look at planning for individuals within the development team
  • Security (of data, assets, people): reviewing data storage processes to protect staff and the organisation is an important piece of work for 2014
  • Communications: low marks from stakeholders during self assessment have encouraged Wiltshire Cricket to look at its communication methods and this will include more visual methods over this year
  • Decision Making: Wiltshire Cricket will look to involve wider partners in their decision making
  • Planning: steering groups to drive forward key areas of work will be set up as a direct consequence of the above action.