Copley Cricket Club, Halifax HX3 0UG -
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2016 was a year of recovery for Copley Cricket Club after the severe Boxing Day floods at the end of 2015. Although the refurbishment continued all year, we witnessed some excellent cricket by all our senior and junior teams during 2016. The last 1st team game of last season was one of the most amazing games ever seen at the Arches, with Copley chasing down a total of 366 to beat Thornton off the last ball of the game. Such an achievement would be remarkable enough, but Copley needed to win to avoid relegation and so to win under such pressure was a tremendous achievement.
We look forward to 2017 with great optimism and, off the field, we hope to continue improve our facilities with the access road and the car park remaining key priorities. Chris Dennison is First Team captain for a second year and the Club's priorities remain firmly embedded to the themes and values covered in the Mission Statement
• To promote the game of cricket by continuing to be one of the premier clubs in the Halifax League;
• To maintain our current reputation as a friendly, family orientated, club;
• To be the number one choice of club for parents in the Halifax area when they decide where to send their children to learn and enjoy cricket; and
• To attract not only junior and senior players but also members of the local community by forming partnerships with local businesses and schools.
Copley Cricket Club is a Yorkshire Cricket Board ("YCB") Focus a Club and has been awarded Sport England's Club Mark accreditation. This means that we have met all the necessary criteria as to; playing programme, coaching, child protection, sports equity, ethics, club management and that we continue to provide a high quality and welcoming environment for young people in sport.
In addition to our 3 usual senior teams (two play on Saturday and one on Sunday) we are in 2017 starting a 2nd "development" team to play 40 over cricket on Sunday's. The main purpose of the team will be to introduce more juniors into senior cricket and to provide more opportunity for young players. The initiative is being run jointly with Blackley Cricket Club and the games, in this first season, will be run as weekly, friendly games against the other teams in the 3rd division of the Sunday Section.
We are particularly proud of our thriving junior section. We are a member of the Halifax Junior Cricket League and run teams in the U9's, U11's, U13's, U15's and U17's age categories. We also run a girls team (South Halifax Girls) and are signing up to the ECB's new initiative for 4 to 7 year olds in 2017. We have a dedicated group of qualified ECB coaches (level 1 and level 2) working with these youngsters.
n addition to a magnificent new pavilion the Club enjoys an excellent site for playing and watching cricket in an extremely picturesque setting. There are good quality seats surrounding the playing surface which makes the ground ideal for the staging of "cricket festivals" and "major games." For many years Copley has staged major cup finals and we have hosted the Parish Cup final on a number of occasions. The last time was in 2014 when Copley won the cup on its own Arches ground.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Our aim is to continue to be one of the leading cricket clubs in Calderdale but, at the same time, to maintain our long standing reputation as a friendly, family orientated club. The development of our juniors, and indeed Junior Cricket in general, continues to be a top priority and is an integral part of the Club’s Mission Statement.
A new initiative in 2012 was the formation of South Halifax Girls. We look forward to developing further opportunities for girls to play cricket with South Halifax Girls in 2013.
We continue to work with a number of local school partners. Although 2012 was our final year in the ECB’s “Chance to Shine” initiative where our own coaches worked alongside an ECB Community Coach within our partner schools (primarily years 5, 6 and 7)
We remain committed to to a range of other junior initiatives, including the staging of Junior Festivals, the continued development of our Under 9s age group (which has been introduced in recent years) and also a drive to increase the number of junior girl members and further the development of South Halifax Girls.
These initiatives continue the emphasis that we have given to schools and junior cricket in recent years and they have considerably increased the Club’s profile with the YCB and within the wider community in Calderdale.