National Project of the Year 2015
The Club was delighted to be given the ‘National ChanceToShine Project of the Year’ Award in 2015 for our work with the five Schools where we have concentrated on the Girls, and encouraging them with good success to take up cricket at Frenchay. The Schools involved last year were Bromley Heath Juniors, Frenchay C of E Primary, St Augustine’s of Canterbury RC Primary (Downend), Winterbourne international Academy (WIA)(Girls) and Culverhill Special Educational Needs School, Yate. The Award was given in view of the clear success of the wide ranging Project involving Girls at Primary level, Girls at Secondary level, and Secondary level SEN Students, all with the potential to feed into existing Youth Groups at the Club.
In 2016, the Club will have Girls playing at six different age groups (U7 & U9 – both ‘mixed’, U11 Girls, U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U17 Girls – the latter for the first time). Many of the Girls involved in these Groups will be from the five Schools, and there is little doubt that we will add to the 64 Girls registered to play for Frenchay last season. What is so good about the scheme, is that we now have a number of Girls who have progressed through to ‘Gloucestershire County standard’, and who are only playing the sport because the Frenchay Coach went into their School, provided the opportunity to ‘try Cricket’, they took it up, and clearly enjoy the sport and being at the Club (and are very good at it!).
Pictured at the recent ‘Evening with the Champions’ at the Club celebrating Gloucestershire’s Triumph at Lords in 2015 in the Royal London One Day Cup, unveiling a banner to celebrate the ‘Project of the Year’ Award are Gloucestershire’s Fast medium pace bowler David Payne (left) and Head Coach Richard Dawson (right) with (from the left) Amy Paterson, Molly Bliss, Katie Padfield and Evie Patterson. The four Girls are all products of Bromley Heath Juniors with the older three now at WIA, and all are now in the ‘County U13 and U11 Performance Programme system’.