I’m not sure that my first update for youth cricket as the youth coordinator was supposed to be like this. I was supposed to be reporting on how the sun was shining, how the All Stars were progressing at Compton Park and how our newly formed U9s team was getting on in training and how they had got on in friendly matches. Unfortunately, ‘lockdown’ has put pay to all that.
However it’s not all doom and gloom in our youth section. For years, we at Cogenhoe have relied on the dedication of volunteers to drive our youth cricket forward. Once again, it humbled me to receive a thumbs up from Lyndsey MacIntosh to take on the All Stars for the summer and from Niamh, Lilly and Katie who once more volunteered to help the young ones out. Of course, many more people help out too. Thank you all so much, your help really makes a difference and epitomises the family and community feel our club strives to uphold.
Despite the coronavirus preventing us from using the facilities at Compton Park, it hasn’t stopped us playing cricket. We have set up a WhatsApp group to support our young cricketers the best we can. Initially, we ensured everyone had the kit they needed and even delivered equipment to people’s doorsteps if they hadn’t got it to train with. Then, with the help of my children and Marlene the St Bernard, I videoed my own drills and challenges. It was great seeing the families send back videos of them having a go. Indeed, in some cases, I think the adults were enjoying themselves more than the children! More recently, I must offer my thanks to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club for recording their own drills and challenges (slightly more professional than mine!) for us to pass on and use. These drills have been excellent for keeping the kids active, developing their skills but also ensuring they have a bit of fun. Let’s face it, ultimately, it’s why we all play the game.
Just before I sign off, I would like to thank all the parents who have joined in and been part of an unusual summer. You have always been so encouraging – offering messages of support which means so much to all of the coaches. We have had some great feedback and so many messages saying that the kids can’t wait to get back to youth cricket. Well, do you know what? We can’t wait to have them back. A summer without the youth cricket and all those smiling faces is not a summer that I relish. However, I do look forward to the time that we all get back to our home that is Compton Park and get back to some sort of normality.
I look forward to seeing you all again soon,