Cricket clubs join forces to create academy

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A NEW initiative has been set up by the four cricket clubs in the Wansbeck area – Ashington, Bedlington, Bomarsund and Ashington Rugby Club.

The quartet have joined forces to form the Wansbeck Cricket Academy, which is the brainchild of Ashington player and Bedlington juniors coach Steve Williams.

He said: “I came up with the idea late last summer after we lost so much cricket due to the terrible weather.

“I felt that the younger players were missing out on the chance of participating properly in our Saturday teams so I contacted the four clubs, all of whom were very keen and they have embraced the idea with great enthusiasm.

“We have entered the Hetton Lyons Sunday League and plan to play our home games at the four clubs, hopefully generating interest in the area.

“The team will be made up of youngsters in the 15 to 21 age group, giving them the opportunity to play 45 overs games in a competitive environment coached by experienced coaches and also the chance to meet up and make new friends.

“We have formed a committee with Peter Hooks (Ashington) as chairman; David Seccombe (Bomarsund) as secretary and Colin Campbell (Bedlington) and Paul Milburn (Ashington Rugby Club) as committee members along with myself as head coach assisted by Michael Thewlis and Doug Potts, whilst Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, has kindly agreed to become patron of the new academy.”

Williams is also on the lookout for sponsorship.

“I would love to hear from anyone interested in helping to sponsor the new venture,” he said.

“No matter how small, it would be greatly appreciated.

“We aim to have our own identity and use the Wansbeck logo as part of our set up

“I’m really excited about this and look forward with great interest in the development of the academy for years to come.”