Junior Awards, Open Day, coaching change and more

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With a fantastic summer’s cricket behind us we are looking forward to celebrating our successes at the Junior Awards Dinner at Myreside on Friday 28th September. We hope to see as many children and parents there as possible. Before that there is an opportunity for youngsters and ladies new to cricket to sample it without cost or obligation at our Club Open Doors Day on Sunday 23rd September. Hopefully these events will whet your appetite for indoor training, if you haven’t already signed up. Sessions start on Friday 28th September for U16 and Saturday 29th September for everyone else. This season sees a change in our coaching provider with 619 Coaching handing over to experienced West of Scotland coach David Hinchliffe. More details on all of this below. 

As previously trailed, we are hosting a Junior Awards Dinner at Myreside Pavilion from 7-9pm on Friday 28th September. There will be pizza, a quiz and an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements and progress made by players at every level. All junior players are welcome as are their parents. The cost is £5 per head, payable in cash on the night. Please reply to me to let me know if you intend to come so that we can cater for the right number. It should be a lot of fun and help to cement the whole club spirit that it is our goal to build.

If you have any trainers or cricket shoes that have been outgrown but could be used by children in Malawi, we are delighted to support the Watson’s Malawi Partnership by collecting those shoes at the Junior Awards Dinner or else they can be given to reception at the Galleon Club before the October half term when they will be taken to Malawi. Any other cricket kit, such as pads or gloves, would also be gratefully received, providing it is in good useable condition and paired if appropriate.

As part of Sport Scotland’s Clubs Open Doors Week initiative, the Junior and Ladies sections are co-hosting an open afternoon between 2-4pm on Sunday 23rd September in Sports Hall 2 in the Galleon. This is designed to give a taster of what cricket can offer those new to the sport, be they children or ladies. Please encourage any interested non-cricketers to come along and try it out. Watsonian is an open club and children from all schools are very welcome.

As a reminder, details of the junior indoor coaching sessions can be found here: https://www.watsoniancricket.com/club-news/junior-indoor-training-details/ If you have not yet signed up please do!

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed David Hinchliffe as Junior Coach for the next two terms of indoor training. David is a performance cricket coach with over 25 years experience working at club, school, representative and first-class level. His coaching CV includes West Glamorgan RDC, West of Scotland CC, Western Warriors, Kelvinside Academy and PitchVision Academy. He has coached in the UK, Australia, South Africa and India. He believes in inspiring the highest possible standards in everyone he coaches through challenging, supporting and guiding players to excellence. We very much look forward to David meeting our players and helping us to keep developing them and our club.

We are extremely grateful to both Dewald Nel and George Munsey for their contributions to the club as 1st XI players and importantly as coaches, particularly for the junior section, under the auspices of 619 Coaching. They have done an excellent job over recent years through high quality year round coaching programs for growing numbers of players. George has been an inspirational figure for our youngsters, not least thanks to his contribution to Scotland’s outstanding win over England at the Grange this year. We wish them both every success for their futures. Dewald commented:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, coaches and the whole of the junior section for your support and commitment over the 8 years I have been with Watsonian Cricket Club. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the members of the Junior Committee for their guidance and support. I have thoroughly enjoyed delivering all the coaching sessions and working with all age groups. I am extremely proud of the number of junior representative honours awarded across all age groups to the WCC members. I hope the structure that is now in place will continue long into the future, producing many more quality players. The time has now come to move on, however I wish everyone every bit of success in the future. Thanks for the memories!”