THE HISTORY OF THE CRICKET SOCIETY TRUST

THE CRICKET SOCIETY TRUSTFor over half a century the Cricket Society has had a charitable arm.

 

In the early days it concerned itself with providing cricket equipment (old and new) to organisations across the world where the game was in its infancy in that particular location.

 

In 1991, it was decided to formulate a Charitable Trust, which was independent from the Cricket Society but retaining strong links with its members.

 

In December 1992 formal Charity Status was approved by The Charity Commission.

 

New objectives were agreed.

 

The advancement of remedial training and physical education for people who are disabled or physically or mentally handicapped or who are deprived of such training or education by poverty or social and economic circumstances by any method which shall be recognised as charitable.

 

With the emphasis on providing financial support, training and education to groups of youngsters with special needs be they physical shortcomings or learning difficulties.

 

Since its inception the Trust has provided the infrastructure whereby hundreds of children across the country have been able to appreciate better the value of playing or understanding cricket at levels appropriate to their capability.

 

Specifically, for in excess of ten years the Trust has arranged for parties of children from inner-city boroughs in London to spend a day or two at Arundel Park with the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation, Sussex under the tutorage of John Barclay and his team. This has shown to be a very significant factor in the development of these children’s development. 

The Cricket Society Trust has forged a link with the Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust  which has similar objectives to Arundel.  Darren Bicknell (ex England A, Nottinghamshire  and Surrey) is the Director of Cricket at Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust. The BCCT is helping to spread cricket throughout all Primary Schools in the East Midlands not currently covered by the County Boards of Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire and which border on the Belvoir estate.   

 

Also, the Fred Trueman State Schools Cricket League was established in 2005 and has grown rapidly. The League exists to promote cricket in state schools throughout the country. Starting in the Huntingdonshire area within ten years the League has now expanded into Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The League is supported by the ECB and by MCC. The Cricket Society Trust has been very supportive of the project as it has allowed many schools to enjoy competitive cricket at local level and within different age groups.  The Trust hopes that by assisting it will allow many youngsters to develop skills which without the League structure would never surface and mature.

 

 

The Trust is also supporting the MCC Foundation’s Training Hubs Programme.

 

 

Aside from its work with Children with Special Needs, the Trust has helped British Blind Sport, Cricket Federation for People with Disabilities as well as able bodied groups for young people.

 

 

The Trust's principal aim is to raise funds which will enable a range of youngsters to appreciate, understand, enjoy and love the game of cricket at every level of involvement. This can be through physical participation or by watching and listening.

 

 

Recent fund raising events have included successful raffles together with a charity cricket match at Arundel between the Cricket Society XI and The Cricket Society’s President’s XI.

 

Receptions with David Gower  in conversation with the Trust’s President Isabelle Duncan, David Steele  in converdation with Isabelle Duncan and John Barclay and Geoff Miller .