Amateurs boosted by councillors

Belper Amateurs Cricket Club has received some good news after it was given £500 each from two local councillors to help towards club funds.

The money, which has been donated by councillors Peter Makin and Chris Jackson, comes from their community leadership funds and will go towards helping to pay for junior coaching and a new mobile net facility for 2013 as the club looks to build on its flourishing youth set-up.

In 2012 for the first time ever, the club was able to enter sides at under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 levels simultaneously and run an effective coaching programme which has led to four of its junior cricketers being nominated for district trials this autumn.

In 2013, the club plans to expand this further by adding a second Kwik cricket team at under 11 level. To enable them to do this, Belper Amateurs are sending two club members on the ECB level one coaching course during the winter and are also getting involved in the DCB community programme (Chance to Shine) which will hopefully attract even more junior cricketers to the growing club.