Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust

THE CRICKET SOCIETY TRUSTThe Cricket Society Trust has forged a link with the Belvoir Castle 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.


Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust’s mission is to encourage participation in cricket in rural communities and to create access to cricket and the countryside for disadvantaged young people. Our target groups are young people who want to play cricket and enjoy the countryside, adults who want to develop their coaching skills, and families that want to strengthen their community ties through sport.


Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust has four clear aims:


·         Engaging young people and families living in rural communities in regularly playing and watching cricket; putting sport at the heart of the community.

 Our ‘cricket in rural communities’ programme, based on the successful Belvoir Bees’ model, delivers first class cricket coaching to young people. The programme is equally supportive of those seeking to develop sporting excellence and of those who want to just ‘have a go’ in a friendly, family oriented environment.


·         Creating access for disadvantaged young people to cricket and countryside activities. 

Our Cricket & Countryside Schools’ Days combine opportunities for disadvantaged school children to participate in sports such as cricket and orienteering with educational activities that introduce them to the working life of the countryside.


·         Encouraging adults to regularly participate in sport as volunteer cricket coaches. 

Our training programme for our volunteer coaches not only develops their cricket skills but equips them also with the coaching skills to deliver first class cricket coaching to young people.


·         Creating opportunities for disabled young people to participate in cricket and countryside activities. 

Our Disability Cricket and Countryside days combine opportunities for young people with both physical and learning difficulties to have an opportunity to learn and have a go at cricket and to take part in educational activities that introduce them to the working life of the countryside at the castle.


“We have been very fortunate to have had funding for our Teach Cricket Programme from the Cricket Society Trust for the last 5 years. This funding has allowed us to deliver the programme and importantly to us, their continued support has allowed us to plan for future years which have given us a continuity of delivery.  It is right to mention that since 2011 over 32 different schools have been visited and over 790 children have benefitted from our project.”


Darren Bicknell, Chief Executive, Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust


Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust – Teach Cricket Programme 2013

Presentation of the John Ellis Trophy to Redmile Primary School



Trust Assistant Director Neil Atkins with the head & some of the participants of the scheme                        

Headteacher Julie Hopkins being presented with the award during whole school & parents assembly.



Attached are a couple of pictures showing the presentation of the John Ellis Trophy.


The decision was made to give it to Redmile was due to the following:

1. The Headteacher is passionate about sports provision at the school and mad keen on her cricket.

2. The sessions at Redmile were ran as an after-school club and very well attended for a small village school. The children, who ages ranged from Yr 2 to Yr 6 were all really well behaved and very positive.

3. A member of staff (often the head) were always there to assist at each session and they were keen to learn new drills etc to use for their delivery for their curriculum sport.

4. The school won this year's Melton School's competition and then went on to come second in the Leicestershire School's tournament.

5. They are always keen to hand out information on exit routes for their children to carry on with their cricket out of school.


Neil Atkins