Exciting Announcement from Ossett CC for 2021 from our committee and Chairman, Lee Stevenson:
Despite a wretched season for cricket, our Committee has been hard at work and we are delighted to announce two major new signings for our club in 2021.
First of all we have recruited Sri Lankan overseas professional Rishith Upamal to bolster our 1st XI in our quest to get promoted to the Bradford Premier League. Rishi is a top order batsman, bowls right arm spin & comes very highly recommended! Of equal importance to his playing ability is his ECB Level Two Coaching qualification allowing him to assist our junior managers in developing our junior section on both practice nights and match days. Please feel free to befriend him on Facebook here and welcome him to Ossett CC.
Equally as exciting is the appointment of John Sadler as our Head of Cricket. John first played for Ossett aged 7 in our under 13’s side. He went on to play for our 1st XI aged just 14 before going on to enjoy a successful professional career both on and off the field. He is a level 4 Coach, currently working as assistant head coach at Northamptonshire CCC and has a Masters Degree in Sports Directorship. High calibre indeed and he will now be working directly with our junior managers and senior captains to drive all aspects of cricket at Ossett CC.
Perhaps most encouraging of all is the role Johns coaching company will play in our grassroots cricket initiatives. One example (of many) will be the reintroduction of All Stars Cricket for boys and girls aged 5 – 8. John has appointed Steve Coulthard as our Pathways and Participation manager who ran All Stars for Ossett CC in 2017 (see image below.) Steve is a Level 2 Coach and works for the Yorkshire Cricket Board where one of his remits is to grow grassroots cricket. Steve also has direct access to information on grants for clubs that implement what we have planned, one of which we have already undertaken.
Alongside All Stars, John & Steve will introduce Dynamos cricket too. They will look to create a girls/ladies team and a disability team over the coming months/years and they will also arrange lucrative festivals, cricket camps and galas in the Spring and Summer holidays that will attract many more children and families to our club and with them of course, much needed additional income. Did you know, there are over 60 All Stars centres in West Yorkshire and around 25 schools within 2 miles of our club yet we do not offer any formal grassroots schemes? Until now!
John wanted to make a formal presentation to all cricket members but Covid has made this impossible. He will do this with Steve as soon as Boris permits but in the meantime, we have attached a short video to introduce them to everyone (sorry, our skills clearly do not lie in the cutting room!) They are very open and welcome any questions you may have via phone or email – feel free to get in touch. Otherwise they will be formally introduced in the New Year via a presentation and Q&A session at the club.
May we take this opportunity to wish all of our members a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Roll on 2021!
Mission Statement & Objectives
Who are we?
We are proud to be accredited with the ECB Clubmark which recognises a safe and welcoming environment for all and is a prerequisite for participation in the Bradford Cricket League. Ossett Cricket Club has nearly 100 registered players aged 5 to 70+. Our facilities remain the envy of all and we regularly host Cup Finals and representative matches. We have several junior teams coached in association with John Sadler Cricket. John boasts a level 4 coaching badge and is currently assistant Head Coach at Northamptonshire CCC. An occasional, current Ossett player, John played professionally for 12 years with Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire before progressing in to coaching and management. His coaching company oversee all junior coaching at Ossett CC, allowing John to give a little back to the club where he first fell in love with the game. We run Dynamo and All Star teams in association with ECB for kids as young as 5 years old right through to two senior sides and recently, we created the Ossett CC Academy which provides a pathway that bridges the gap between junior and senior cricket. Young cricketers get to ply their trade alongside older and more experienced players in a friendly environment exposing young cricketers to the senior game, thus ensuring organic sustainability.
We always welcome new players – any age or ability. For more information please contact us.