16th January 2012 : HELD AT TRINITY CHURCH

Present                           Apologies

Stewart Coates       Sarah McCann

Chris Jackson          Katie Paterson

Stan Aspinall

Gillian Spragg  

Gary Myatt        

Phil Wood     

Brian Cheetham     

John Sandford

Richard Higginbotham

The meeting was held to consider the long term strategy for Trinity Cricket Club.

The meeting first heard that Sarah McCann is intending to bring the current Poynton Girls Junior team to Trinity and will be entering an Under 11’s Girls team into the High Peak League. The arrangement is somewhat complex with the intention of some of the players being jointly registered by Trinity and Georgians. Nevertheless this is another positive development for Trinity. Sarah will run the team with admin assistance from Vesna Higginbotham.

The plan in terms of of teams to be fielded by Trinity was agreed as:

2 male Saturday teams – 1st and 2nd XI’s

1 male Sunday team – 3rd XI

1 female Sunday team – Trinity Ladies.

2 Under 11’s teams – one male, one female.

1 Under 13’s team

It is intended to introduce a third male Junior team within 2 years.

It was acknowledged that would put considerable pressure on ground use but was felt to be achievable –

Saturdays – 1st or 2nd team

Sundays – 3rd team, Ladies team, Under 11’s

Wednesdays – Ladies cup matches, friendly games

Fridays – wicket preparation

Nets will be:

Tuesdays – Ladies/Girls

Thursdays – Men

Fridays – Juniors (off square)

This potentially leaves Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons (or whenever the ground is not in use) for pitch hires.

It was felt that the club currently has sufficient qualified coaches to meet the needs of the planned teams – Chris is to undertake an audit of all coaches (and other relevant club officials) to ensure all necessary CRB’s are in place and all other documentation is in order. It will be a priority for the club to encourage more Junior coaches in the future. It was also agreed as important that senior players (men and women) become involved in junior coaching sessions – to share experience and to assist integration of all club members.

Give the number of games to be played it is essential that Stan receives assistance from club members and any volunteers to assist will be welcomed.

Further areas agreed were:

Develop a club marketing strategy (in order to attract new players/members to the club). This should involve consideration of the club name with the option of including some geographic identity such as Stockport or Bramhall.

Review the club website

Address the issue of toilet facilities to meet the needs of players of both genders, umpires and spectators.

Consider machinery needs.

Consider any expenditure now that may save longer terms, ongoing costs.

Consider requirements of Meller Braggins league.

It was agreed that all these proposals were appropriate for the clubs target of promotion to the Meller Braggins league 2 within 5 years – this represents two promotions.