Notice to all members
An extraordinary general meeting will take place in the Roy Harrison pavilion on Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm. This meeting has been called to discuss proposed amendments to the club constitution.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE – 27th FEBRUARY
Young batsman James McCollum has paid tribute to Lurgan after
confirming he is to move from Pollock Park to Waringstown.
The 18-year-old, who has represented Ireland at every youth team
level, says he has joined the villagers because he needs to be playing
Premier League cricket.
Lurgan were relegated from the top flight in 2013 and McCollum
explained that it was a tough decision to leave the club who helped
foster and develop his talent over many years.
“Lurgan were very good to me, I would like to thank everyone there for
what they’ve done for my development as a cricketer,” he said. “I was
faced with a decision about whether to try and take my cricket to the
next level and to do that I feel I need to be playing Premier League
“I thought Waringstown was the best place to do that. There are
players there that I look up to and I hope to learn from them and
develop my cricket alongside them. It’s a great club environment, with
excellent facilities and a loyal group of supporters. It’s just a good
place to play cricket.”
MscCollum has been in the Ireland under-age set-ups since he was first
selected for the national side’s under-13 team. He was picked for the
under-19 side as a 16-year-old while in last season’s Premier League
he underlined his talent with a superb half-century against North
He added: “I’m really excited. I know most of the players at
Waringstown, they’re a great bunch of lads and I know the cricket will
be really competitive. The environment will hopefully put pressure on
me and make me work harder to develop my cricketing skills.
“Last season I started off pretty well, I was averaging 30 odd until
the end of June. I probably struggled a bit after that. The standard
of cricket in the Premier League is so much better, there are far
fewer bad balls and I didn’t score anywhere near the number of runs I
should have. I feel I still have a lot to prove and hopefully playing
at Waringstown will help me do that.”
One of the most highly-regarded cricket coaches in Ireland is to work in an official capacity with Waringstown this year.
Simon Johnston, one of Cricket Ireland’s High Performance coaches, will coach the villagers’ first and second elevens, and their youth
teams, during 2014.
The 34-year-old boasts an impressive CV. He is presently undertaking his ECB Level 3 qualification which should be completed by April. He is the current Ireland under-15 head coach and has coached the NCU’s under 13, 15 and 17 sides, as well as Ireland under-13s.
Johnston will initially work with Waringstown during indoor practice in pre-season before taking senior outdoor practice sessions during the 2014 season.
Alan Waite, who along with Garfield Harrison has overseen much of Waringstown’s coaching at youth levels in recent years, said, “It’s an exciting development for the club and it will build on the work that we have done with the youth teams. Simon will be working with our first and second eleven squads on practice nights, and with all our under-age sides.
“Having the opportunity to work with Simon can only improve the games of our young players as they strive to become senior cricketers.”
Waringstown have also appointed Paddy Currie, a qualified fitness instructor, as their strength and conditioning coach. He will have a major role ahead of the new season in April.
Waringstown first eleven captain Lee Nelson said, “Everyone at Waringstown was delighted when Simon agreed to come on board. He is highly regarded as one of the best coaches in the country and to have someone like that, who will be working with both the senior side and our young players on a weekly basis, is a huge boost for the club and signals to all the direction in which the club is heading.
“Along with Simon, our new strength and conditioning coach Paddy Currie, who has been working with youth representative sides throughout the winter, will work closely with all senior and younger players in making sure that we will be in the very best shape and frame of mind come the start of the season. Together I expect the two of them to make a big impact on the squad.”
Waringstown Cricket Club have announced a major new sponsorship deal
with a Tandragee firm.
The villagers and Rapid International have signed on the dotted line
of a two-year arrangement.
Rapid will become the club’s principal sponsor, a deal which captain
Lee Nelson says will help with investment in the famed youth academy
at The Lawn.
Nelson said: “Waringstown Cricket Club would like to extend their
thanks to Mark Lappin and all at Rapid International for their very
generous sponsorship of the club for the forthcoming seasons. It is
our intention to invest heavily in our new youth academy system along
with continual improvements of the club and with Rapid’s help it makes
all these things possible.
“We feel that the club as a whole is in a very strong position and we
are delighted Rapid are on board.”
Rapid International Managing Director Mark Lappin said: “Rapid is
pleased to act as 2014 title sponsor for Waringstown Cricket Club. The
staff and board of directors wishes the club every success for the
Waringstown have been accredited on the Cricket Ireland/Clubmark NI
Club Accreditation Scheme, meaning it has demonstrated the capacity to
reach minimum operating standards in the areas of effective
management, qualify coaching and competition and safety.
Spokesman Ivan Anderson said: “Waringstown CC has always attached
great importance to the safety and development of all its members but
particularly in relation to its youth members. Our involvement in the
accreditation process has afforded the club with the opportunity to
review and improve all its administrative procedures but particularly
those applied to child protection and safeguarding trust policies.”
CIYMS CC and Waringstown CC have become the latest clubs in the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) to become accredited on the Cricket Ireland/Clubmark NI Club Accreditation Scheme.
Club accreditation status means the club have demonstrated the capacity to reach minimum operating standards in the areas of effective management, qualify coaching and competition and safety. These two clubs bring the total to seven clubs within the NCU clubs who are accredited on the Scheme joining North Down CC, Derriaghy CC, Templepatrick CC, Carrickfergus CC and Saintfield CC.
Following the award Alan McMillan, CIYMS CC Club Secretary, said: “We as a club are delighted to have received this prestigious accreditation. It follows a lot of hard work by Michael Hingston working closely with our committee and shows our commitment to the development of our club and in particular the youth section of the club which has taken major strides in recent seasons. We would like to thank Cricket Ireland and Sport NI for their assistance in achieving this.”
Ivan Anderson, Waringstown CC said: “Waringstown CC has always attached great importance to the safety and development of all its members but particularly in relation to its youth members. Our involvement in the Accreditation process has afforded the club with the opportunity to review and improve all its administrative procedures but particularly those applied to Child Protection and Safeguarding Trust Policies.”
The NCU aims to have all Premier and Section One clubs accredited by the end of the 2015 season and Nigel Jones will work closely with those clubs not yet accredited to help clubs achieve this where possible.
Talking about the benefits of taking part in the Club Accreditation Scheme Michael Hingston, CIYMS CC said: “We started on this process towards gaining Clubmark Accreditation about two years ago and in that time, CIYMS Cricket Club has seen marked positive steps in how our club operates and the way in which we strive towards our goals. Being an accredited club gives parents confidence that their children are being offered the best opportunities to take part in sport in a fun, engaging and safe environment, as these young players are the lifeblood of any club. The accreditation has also allowed us to put into place support structures for our committee, our members, our coaches, the parents of children who play at the club and both senior and junior players too, which helps make the club run more smoothly and gives clear guidelines for what to do in most situations. We look forward to consolidating our accreditation over the next 12 months, after our yearly health-check and we hope to put together plans to move onto the next level of accreditation – ‘Approved Club’, within the next 2/3 years.”
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 Nigel Jones on 075 8540 0121 or email: email@example.com
Waringstown have confirmed the signing of South African all-rounder
Shaheen Khan as their new overseas professional.
The 26-year-old replaces compatriot Obus Pienaar, who has joined a
club in Holland.
Khan, a middle-order batsman and medium-fast bowler, represents the
Cape Cobras franchise in Cape Town and boast impressive first-class
and one-day statistics.
In 17 first-class matches he has made five half-centuries and taken 52
wickets at an average of just 21.01.
New Waringstown captain Lee Nelson said: “I’m obviously delighted that
Shaheen has agreed to sign for Waringstown. While it it was a blow to
lose Obus who did so well for us, I think we are getting a player who
is more than capable of replicating his achievements.
“A franchise all-rounder was always our top priority and Shaheen has
shown at the top level in South African cricket with the Nashua Cape
Cobras that he can contribute to winning games with both bat and ball.
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all players, members and supporters of
Waringstown CC in welcoming Shaheen to the club and look forward to
what promises to be an exciting 2014 season.”
Khan’s signing is subject to clearance from Cricket Ireland.
Lee Nelson is Waringstown Cricket Club’s new first eleven captain.
The 23-year-old takes over from Kyle McCallan, who has stepped down after three successful seasons in the role.
Nelson, who has representative experience with the Northern Knights, Ireland A and Ireland under-19s, takes on the captaincy after Waringstown’s double-winning exploits in 2013.
The villagers won the NCU Challenge Cup and shared the Premier League title with Instonians and Nelson hopes to add more honours in 2014.
The Gilford man, son of Waringstown seam-bowling legend Alan Nelson, becomes one of the youngest captains in the club’s history. He is considered one of the most promising young players in Ireland.
He said: “I’m delighted to have been named first eleven captain of Waringstown.
“I would like to pay tribute to Kyle McCallan who has led the team to trophy successes over the last three years. Waringstown won five trophies in that time and Kyle has to take a lot of credit for that, he led by example on and off the field.
“Looking ahead I’m already excited about next season. We have an excellent squad and with plenty of young players coming through I believe the future is very bright.
“We’re going to work hard over the winter and be ready for the start of the new season next April. We will be looking to challenge for honours once again in 2014.”
Here are a few events/dates for your diaries..
Monday 7th Oct 2013 @ 7.30pm in The Roy Harrison Pavilion. All club members can attend.
Musical Evening Friday 22nd November 2013 @ 7.30pm in The Civic Centre Craigavon.
Featuring THE LEADING LADIES . this glamorous quartet sing a wide repertoire from the Broadway Classics to Abba –something to suit all musical tastes. “They are undoubtedly four of the most talented female singers to emerge from the local scene” Belfast Telegraph.
Plus performances from Andi Oakes and his band , and The Newmills Chorale Group.
Our very own Andrew Beattie is part of the Newmills Chorale Group
Tickets £15.00 per person (Helen 07736378767 firstname.lastname@example.org Judith 07785385865 email@example.com)
If you are associated with any clubs or organisations and wish to reserve block seating in advance please contact me asap. Preferably via firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for your club at these events would be much appreciated.