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Saintfield Cricket Club receive Club Accreditation Scheme status

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Saintfield CC Chairman Noel McCarey receives the Cricket Ireland / Clubmark NI certificate from Tim Simmonite, National Development Manager for Cricket Ireland. They are alongside William Radcliffe from Saintfield CC and Simon Toole, Performance Consultant for Sport NISaintfield Cricket Club has become the latest club to be accredited on the Cricket Ireland / Clubmark NI Club Accreditation Scheme.

Saintfield are now the fifth club to be accredited on the Scheme’s ever-growing programme, joining North Down, Derriaghy, Templepatrick and Carrickfergus as the only cricket clubs in Northern Ireland to reach the expected levels.

The status means that the club have demonstrated they have the capacity to reach minimum operating standards in the areas of effective management, quality coaching and competition and safety.

Chairman of Saintfield Cricket Club Noel McCarey stated "Saintfield Cricket Club is delighted to receive the Club Accreditation Award from Cricket Ireland.  For many years we have been developing our Junior Club, and the work we already undertake in conjunction with the new issues and matters raised during the accreditation process will undoubtedly benefit the club and youth section in particular.

(Photo: Saintfield CC Chairman Noel McCarey receives the Cricket Ireland / Clubmark NI certificate from Tim Simmonite, National Development Manager for Cricket Ireland. They are alongside William Radcliffe from Saintfield CC and Simon Toole, Performance Consultant for Sport NI)

Implementation of the scheme will be demanding and a challenge for our members but it will ensure that Saintfield Cricket Club will be at the forefront of Youth Cricket Development in the Northern Cricket Union and in the Mid-Down area in particular.

We are indebted to the staff of Cricket Ireland for their assistance during the application process, particularly Tim Simmonite from Cricket Ireland and also Ryan Haire for his help in the earlier part of the application."

The Scheme continues to increase in popularity and is now being worked on in nearly 20 clubs across the Northern and North West Cricket Unions. Any clubs wishing to gain more information about the Scheme should contact Tim Simmonite at Cricket Ireland on 028 9076 5619 or tim.simmonite@cricketireland.ie.