National Lottery Award for Northern Counties CC

Today, 29.1.20, we received notification that we had been successful in our application for funding to help pay for the supply and installation of an All Weather pitch at the Northern Meeting Park.

Over the years, it’s fair to say, that there have been tensions between the Highland Council and NCCC over our use of the park conflicting with what the council wanted to use it for. We are very keen to have the gates of the park open more often and for it to be used more widely by its local community. To that end we have been supporting the work of  The Northern Meeting Park Group.

So, having this new facility will alleviate the pressure to protect the whole “square” and allow freer access over the whole grass area. As well as this, it’s a step that will allow us to expand our work in schools and within our community, we’ll also be able to play more games as the surface will be more tolerant of the “Highland Summers” and a flatter track will be safer and more consistent for younger players.

Win : Win – as they say!

We now have to find the rest of the money (about £4,500) and get permissions sorted. We will be applying to the Highland Council “Common Good Fund” for this and hope that they will support us.

We will keep you posted

Junior Training for 2020

This year we want to build on our work in 2019, so these are are our plans:

End of January : 

visits to 6 (7) primary schools – Beauly, Kirkhill, Dalneigh, Merkinch, St Josephs and Central (possibly Glenurqhart as well).

Start of indoor sessions at Milburn Academy ( see our facebook page or website for details ). Aimed at 2 age groups: 7 to 11 and 12 to 16.

After Easter holidays  

programme of visits to above schools : aimed at P5/6, 4 x 1hr sessions. Encourage to form a 6 person team. Informal visits to encourage development and practice and teachers. NCCC will loan kit to each school for “out of hours practice”. We have also applied for lottery funding to help buy T-Shirts for each player.

8 weeks before School summer holidays: 

Start of Allstars (age 5 to 8yrs) programme (at NMP, 5 to 6 pm)

Near end of Summer term : 

Wildcat Cup – 1 day inter school P 5/6 competition at NMP – involves the schools above. 6 a side, 60 balls per innings, everyone Bats and Bowls. In school time (possibly last week?)

Winner eligible for entry to National P 5/6 competition. 

Under 16 select Training 

This will continue throughout the Summer – we are trying to obtain an indoor venue for this. Otherwise this will take place at the NMP ( probably Thursdays 5 to 6.30)

So, a lot planned. 

The guys at the Club will be facilitating and organising all of the above BUT WE WILL NEED HELP. So, if you think you could spare some time either in the evening (Tuesday or Thursdays between 4 and 5.30) or at the week ends, or for the Competition day. PLEASE TALK TO ANYONE AT THE CLUB. We can arrange some training for you if you want to (Level 1 award).

Details of dates and times will be posted as soon as we have them confirmed.