LCCC Foundation Supporting
Young Cricketers Across Lancashire
The LCCC Foundation has provided a £13,000 Development Fund Grant to support The Lancashire Schools Cricket Association to provide competitive cricket opportunities for young players throughout Lancashire during the 2015 season.
The Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (formed in 1922) works in partnership with the Lancashire Cricket Board and has three main areas of activity.
It organises and manages inter-school tournaments (12 in 2015) across the county. These are open to all and this year almost 100 schools are set to take part at age groups from 11 to 17, aiming to reach finals played at some of the County’s finest grounds e.g. Liverpool and Blackpool.
The LSCA also arranges and manages the Inter-District Competitions (24 Boroughs competing) at U11, U13 and U15 from the quarter final stage onwards and is responsible for funding and staging the finals.
Finally, the LSCA’s volunteers undertake the key role of managing the Lancashire County Age Group squads from Under 10 to Under 15.
Countless players have progressed through this process including Michael Atherton and Andrew Flintoff. Most recently the current Lancashire skipper Tom Smith together with Luis Reece, Arron Lilley, Alex Davies, Karl Brown, Luke Procter, Gavin Griffiths, Haseeb Hameed, Saquib Mahmood and Matthew Parkinson all began their County careers in early age group County squads.
The LCCC Foundation aims to inspire communities through cricket and the funding they are providing will help to support all aspects of the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association activity which will positively impact on approximately 5,000 young cricketers this year.
Sandy Mitchell, Head of Community Development for the LCCC Foundation said “This is a fantastic project and we are delighted to be supporting the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association to make a difference to so many young cricketers and hopefully help to develop some future LCCC players. The project compliments and enhances the great work already carried out by the LCCC Foundation, LCB and Lancashire County Cricket Club, helping to engage and inspire different sections of the community across all levels of the cricketing spectrum”.
Bobby Denning, Managing Director for the Lancashire Cricket Board said “The Lancashire Schools Cricket Association plays an important role in our player pathways, in terms of delivery and supporting roles. The funding provided by our colleagues within the Foundation ensures this support and delivery remains. I thank the Foundation for recognising this”.