Youth Coaching Programme 2014

For the 2014 season Waringstown will again be running its coaching scheme for children aged between 6 and 13 years. Using the club professional & players from the senior teams the club will provide coaching sessions for 13 Monday nights between 12/05/14 & 18/08/14.

Sessions will run from 18.45 to 20.15. Each age group will be allocated two coaches for each session.

Please note Monday evenings

The cost will be £35 per child. If there is more than one child from one family attending, the addition cost per child will be £15 For those attending on Monday nights, a T shirt with embroidered logo will be available to purchase

Registration will take place in the Pavilion on Monday 28/04/2014 at 18.45 or in advance by making a cheque payable to Waringstown Cricket Club & sending it to either of the following addresses:


Alan Waite

3A Station Road



Telephone 07977 119849



Garfield Harrison

24 Tudor Lodge


BT66 7SX

Telephone 07779 713794



Club Child Protection Officer : Geoffrey Heyburn


If there is adverse weather conditions please check that the session will run before leaving off your children

There may also be occasions that a session has be cancelled if a senior game has to be rescheduled.

Pre-season games

Games confirmed at present are as follows:

Sat 12th April
Midweek XI v Dundalk – Away – 1.30pm

Sun 13th April
1st XI v Templepatrick – Home

Sat 19 & Sun 20 April
1st XI tour to Bath v Lansdown CC. One 50 over and two T20 games.

If any other games are arranged please email or tweet @waringstowncc to get details added here

Night at the Races

Night at the Races to raise funds for the club.

Date: Saturday 12th April 2014 at 7.30pm in the Roy Harrison Pavilion.

Race sponsorship is £25 and horse ownership is £5.

Anyone wishing to sponsor / own please contact Kyle on 07870 683061 or at

Extraordinary General Meeting

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.


Roy Harrison

James McCollum joins Villagers

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.”


Johnston and Currie in new coaching roles

simonjohnston2One 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.”


Rapid International Sponsorship

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.rapid1
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
year ahead.”
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.rapid2
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.”


Waringstown Club Accreditation Presentation Photo

Waringstown CC achieve Club Accreditation Scheme Status

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.”

 Waringstown Club Accreditation Presentation Photo

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:


Date for Diary – Quiz

WCC will be hosting a Quiz Night on Friday 31st January 2014 – 7.30pm in the Roy Harrison Pavilion.




Shaheen Khan signs as overseas professional

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.

Picture from Whitehaven News

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