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LCB achieve ECB Targets for 2011-12

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LCB achieve ECB Targets for 2011-12

The Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) has met its England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Targets for the sixth year in a row setting new records.

This involves a huge amount of work by the Board, staff, volunteers within clubs and support from our partners including the County Sport Partnerships of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, all 27 local authorities and Lancashire County Cricket Club itself.

Andrew Hayhurst (Managing Director or the LCB) commented: “The biggest thanks must go to our Cricket Development Managers (CDMs) and Cricket Support Officers (CSOs) for their commitment to the completion of this planning process and the huge task of ensuring that all these figures are accurate and signed off.

“I must also thank all our Focus Clubs, 122 of them, who have provided and ratified this information. Although they do benefit from officer time, direct funding and in a lot of cases, new facilities, it is a rigorous process to go through during a busy cricket season and we are always grateful for that.”

The measurement of Participation, Club Accreditation, Club Membership, Coaching and Volunteer roles is an ongoing process which has produced the following results:

 

2011

2012

Difference

Variance (%)

Points

Participation

49,117

51,399

2,282

+5

1 

Club Accreditation

119

122

3

+3

1

Club Membership

17,320

17,559

239

+1

1

Coaching Roles

3,146

3,244

98

+3

1

Volunteer Roles

7,234

7,364

130

+2

1

 

This means that within the 122 Focus Club clusters involved in this process, over 50,000 people play cricket and there have been increases in qualified coaches, members and those prepared to volunteer. Set against the fact that there are nearly another 300 clubs affiliated that actively participated in cricket during the 2012 season, it is safe to say that over 60,000 are heavily involved. Over 15,000 of these are girls.

This does not happen by accident and since 2006, participation has risen by over 35,000 and there are now more than 6,000 extra club members. This is due to the work of the staff recruited over this period.

Added to this, £3.4 million in direct grants has been invested via the LCB into Focus Clubs for facilities. This is a remarkable achievement and has provided clubs with new pavilions, changing rooms, net areas and pitches. Total project costs here exceed £5.5 million.

The bottom line is quite simple. Without this work, the LCB would not be sufficiently funded to carry out any of its main development activity and it is worth, with match funding, over £1.2m.

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