Cricket clubs around the world face the same coaching and playing challenges. Good clubs and coaches develop innovative ways to deal with these issues. That’s why I decided that, this UK summer, PitchVision Academy should adopt a real-life club to follow through the season.
Together we can see how they deal with things so you can learn from a club just like yours.
So, after a long search and painstaking negotiations the lucky club was selected as Watsonian CC.
You may recognise Watsonian as a club similar to yours. Club President Ross Brooks gave me the inside track recently.
The club has 3 senior teams and a large, healthy youth section.
Playing at the picturesque Myreside ground in Edinburgh, the squad is entirely amateur (barring the professional and coach; Tim Weston). However, standards are high with a second place finish in the top-tier Scottish National Cricket League (SNCL) Premier Division in 2010.
The club plays on Saturday afternoons between May and August. The league is a 50 over limited over format. They train twice a week under the watchful eye of Weston and club captain Craig Wright.
Like any club, it’s hard to manage the difference in standard and goals of players. Standards range from Scottish squad players and aspiring professionals through to the recreational club cricketers playing purely for fun. Ultimately, everyone wants the same thing: Watsonians to be successful and for everyone to enjoy playing along the way.
This is an area we will be looking at closely through the summer as it resonates with so many teams.
The youth section, under the charge of the club's Head of Youth Cricket Simon Counsell , has grown to 120 members from 8 to 16 years old and the club also run girls only sessions.
Watsonians, like your club, are very much an amateur club with an amateur club budget. Dedicated members work hard to operate the club by raising funds to reinvest in cricket in the area.
The ambition for 2011 on the field is to go one step further and win the SNCL Premiership. As a progressive-minded club I think they are in a supreme position to make it all the way.
PitchVision Academy will be there every step of the way, talking to the senior and junior coaches, profiling the players, getting analysis on games and looking at training methods used by the club.
You can stay up-to-date with the inside track on the case study by getting the free PitchVision Academy newsletter. It’s going to be an exciting and educational summer!