It’s just about 20 years now since a group of keen cricketing dads, unable to find a club to teach their young sons this great game, got together and formed Stoke Newington Club. You’ll spot one of those founding fathers, Simon Hore, still playing an active part in the adult teams. It’s easy to forget that even as recently as ten years ago SNCC had no outdoor pitches of its own, making do with training on an uncut strip of grass at Clissold Park.
Now, at the very end of 2018, we can look ahead to our first summer with our own pitches, pavilion and practice nets – the envy of our North London rivals who for years have bemoaned the shoddy facilities of their poor East London cousins.
The new facilities are fabulous, and we are hoping to make even better use of the pavilion over the coming summers. But bricks and mortar aren’t what make a great cricket club. We’ve been lucky over the last 20 years to find a steady stream of willing and dedicated volunteers to step forward and coach or manage teams and drive young players to matches all over the capital. Others have helped oversee the welfare of our juniors, or have umpired, scored, baked cakes, distributed club kit, organised annual awards ceremonies, designed and built our bespoke storage room (?!) in the pavilion - or created this terrific new website.
The club cannot function without the contribution of all of these volunteers. We are in the process of bolstering our club committee and roster of people prepared to do their bit for the club, however small. Everyone who is a member of the club or a parent of a member will know Duncan and the monumental part he plays in ensuring SNCC functions and functions well.
In case you didn’t know, we’re lucky enough to boast 275 juniors. In the winter of 2018 our teams won a national indoor title and three County indoor titles. And last summer, our U15s and U17s were County runners-up and our U10s were County semi-finalists. SNCC also has eight boys and two girls training this winter with Middlesex County Age Group Squads, including a trialist for the England Lions Disability Squad. We need help to continue this growth in numbers and success on the pitch.
Ask not what your cricket club can do for you - ask what you can do for your cricket club! If you have something to offer this fantastic club, please do get in touch, either with Duncan (at firstname.lastname@example.org) or me, the club secretary (at email@example.com).
We hope you can join us in building a partnership for the next 20 years of SNCC.