2017 was another exciting and successful year for RCC Colts. Before settting out the headlines I will start with a “thank you”. RCC is an amateur sports club and is wholly dependent on volunteers. We are all incredibly fortunate to have so many people who dedicate time and passion to help the club thrive. If you are a Welfare Officer, Age Group Manager, Kit Supremo, Grounds and Facilities miracle worker, mid-week scorer or umpire, or Sunday morning cat herder (and all those other roles that I have missed) I offer you my sincere gratitude. You are Richmond Cricket Club.
I will also offer special thanks to our sponsors - Chestertons. The financial contribution that they make to the club is a significant and important one, but our estate agent friends go well beyond that. They are regular hosts at club events and enthusiastic supporters of RCC Colts. We wear our purple training T-shirts and coaches tops with pride!
RCC Colts stands for cricket for all and for elite player development and we continue to manage this balance. Turn up on a Sunday morning or a Friday evening and there is always a happy buzz about both Old Deer Park (ODP) and the Newman Cricket Ground (NCG) at Christ’s School. The challenge that Neil and Dom have had to find grounds for all of the matches we are now playing is also revealing. Having gone through a period of growth we are running close to capacity and had to cap numbers in some age groups last year to maintain the quality of our offer to members. Whilst we are keen to welcome everyone, we do have to maintain our coaching ratios and only have so much space to go round. Once again I will call out just how proud I am of the level of girls’ participation at the club. Numbers continue to grow (there have been more girls taking part in winter nets than there were at the club a couple of years ago) with this season expected to be another record year. There is no doubt that we are delivering on cricket for all.
Please do remember that our volunteers are trained to deliver a fun cricket experience - they do not provide parental supervision. Parents are expected to stay at the ground. If you are at ODP please take advantage of the catering facilities - and if you chose to take parent membership you will receive a card that gives you 10% off in the clubhouse.
We have more and more players (boys and girls) on the Middlesex and Surrey County pathways and that is a testament to the talent of the players and of the high quality cadre of coaches who are now part of RCC. This team, under the oversight of Director of Cricket (DoC) Adam London, are highly qualified and experienced and mean that RCC is becoming a destination for ambitious young cricketers. If your child is interested in elite player development please contact Adam.
Unsurprisingly this dual approach has led to unprecedented success on matchday. Highlights include:
- The U10s winning the county title - the prestigious “Gubby Allen” trophy at Lord’s - for the first time.
- The U13 boys were runners up on an incredible finals day having won the U12s the previous year. Both semi finals and the final were won by the smallest of margins.
- U12s won Area League and made it to county finals day. Won MSL Cup
- A proud delegation picked up numerous trophies at that MCA West end of season awards:
- U11 Area League Winners
- U13 Area League Winners
- U14 Middlesex Area Cup and Mid Surrey Cup winners
- U15 Area League Winners
- U17 Mid-Surrey Champions
- ...and there are more to add
And finally some words about finances. We are not a profit making organisation but the books need to balance. We must cover our costs and last year, as a club, we had a gap. We offer excellent value for money and have taken the difficult decision to raise subs by £10 across the board (full details on the website). As a reminder these subs cover:
- The lease on Old Deer Park - this is subject to an increase from a peppercorn rent to a full commercial one. We are actively pursuing revenue generating opportunities to insulate the members from the bulk of this increase.
- Ground maintenance for ODP and NCG including nets, pitches and scoreboards
- Coaching - professional coaches and training for volunteers
- Equipment for training - and you would not believe how many balls “disappear” from the club
- Ground hire - as the number of teams expand we need to hire more grounds to run concurrent matches. We are considering introducing a small match fee to help cover these costs.
Other activities that we run, such as the academy or winter nets, have a separate fee to cover costs.
Camps - we do make some money on camps and this is all ploughed back into the club. These are great fun so please participate and support your club.
As with previous years we are more than happy to agree discounts for those not able to pay, but the club as a whole needs to cover costs.
RCC is a wonderful place to spend some of your time in the summer months. Please continue to participate, understand when club officials chase you for subs, take out parent membership and help us to build the sense of community at this special club.
Bring on the cricket.
RCC Colts Chairman