Start Dates for All Stars and Dynamos

All Stars – will be starting at the Northern Meeting Park at 4 pm on Tuesday 18th May and will run for 8 weeks. Cost £40

Dynamos – will be starting a week later on Thursday 28th May and it will be running for 8 weeks. 4 to 5 pm. Cost TBA but no more than £25

All Stars is for ages 5 to 8 yrs and Dynamos 8 to 11 yrs BUT these ranges are flexible.

If you are interested you will be able to book on line – watch our facebook page for details –

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.


As some of you already know, NCCC try to support the Blood Transfusion Service by giving blood on a regular basis.

Today Will’ Ford – who started the process – got an email from Gillian McCauley:

I’m sure we can muster the troops. It’ll be a great Christmas present to give.

Hiya Will,

I hope this finds you well and you’re all geared up for the festivities?

I was hoping that you might be able to help?  We are holding special sessions on 26th and 30th Dec and also on the 2nd Jan to ensure that we can maintain a sufficient supply to our hospitals over the festive period.  As you can imagine, it’s proving really difficult for us to secure appointments on those dates given the time of year!

I wondered if you might be able to send an email round or publicise these sessions in any other way around your team mates at the cricket club and your colleagues at the station?  I’ve attached a post in the hope that you could share it somewhere for us but if you or anyone need any more info please just drop me a note!

Thanks in advance for your help,  I’ll look forward to catching up with you all at some point in the New Year if not before.  Have a great one when it comes!

Best wishes,


Gillian McCauley
Donor Recruitment and Publicity Officer

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Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Inverness Blood Donor Centre
Raigmore Hospital
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Under 16 Indoor Winter training

Latest news for Indoor winter cricket for 12 – 16 yrs.
The proposal so far is that these could run on 7 Saturdays between 10am and midday at Inverness Royal Academy. The proposed first session would be on the 1st February and the last session 14th March
These sessions will be aimed at 12 – 16 yr olds who are already involved in cricket and who are just about ready for hardball cricket. Those involved in the Summer U16 sessions held at the Northern Meeting Park will receive an invitation from Alex Green directly.
If you are interested in getting a place or places, contact Alex Green – using “U16 winter coaching – IRA” in the subject line.
No details of cost yet but will update as soon as we know.

Confirmation of Junior Cricket indoor sessions ( 7 – 11/12 yrs)

Just had confirmation of the dates and times for the winter cricket at Milburn Academy
There is a slight change to the times advised already*
Dates: Sunday 2.2.20 to 22.3.20 (8 sessions)
Times: *9.15 to 10.45
Cost: £20 (payable at the first session)
To book your place(s) email
Please note: It will be on a first come first served basis and places will be limited.
See you on the 2nd Feb