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Founded in 2005, the GCB is responsible for all recreational cricket across Gloucestershire, creating links between schools, clubs and the community. A new structure to the organisation was formed in 2013 which has seen the sport boom across the county.

 

 

The organisation has helped grow cricket on a huge scale throughout their area, coaching more than 10,000 kids across 200 schools at both primary and secondary level, as well as coaching nearly 1000 other young players within district teams and community programmes.We spoke to GCB Community Coach Ralph Hardwick to find out just how their success had come about.

 

During term time in the summer we run between 2-4 schools days, where we invite around 400 kids along to a day at the cricket and provide coaching and activities. We run these both in Bristol and in Cheltenham to try and reach more schools across the county.’

 

Outside of term time we run coaching camps. This summer we have a girls only camp and 2 day open camp where kids have been invited from all over the county and specifically from our community sessions which have a high percentage BME populations. The newest initiative we have been involved in this year is the new entry level programme for 5-8 yrs olds called All Stars Cricket. This was rolled out across the county and was a huge success, engaging with nearly 1400 budding new cricketers.’

 

Ralph sees their 3 prong attack at driving participation through promotion as the best way to publicise their events.

 

‘We’ve found that getting messages out to individual cricket clubs and using their database and word of mouth works very well. We have a strong social media presence which we use as an advertising tool and a way of promoting any news to the wider cricketing population. When we look to promote participation in young people such as All Stars then we use taster sessions and assemblies in schools along with promotional literature.’

 

But can the GCB’s success be replicated across other sports and clubs throughout the UK?

 

‘There are a couple of things that any club can do to make themselves sustainable and have an impact on the local area. Firstly I would try and create official links with a local school and try to offer them some sessions or some interaction. We have found this is a great way to get young people into the club. Arguably the best way to improve uptake or have an impact would be to make the club as family friendly as possible. It is great to get kids and young people to the club but it will be the parents that decide whether or not to come back. This can then have a knock on effect with the possibilities of new volunteers which help the club keep moving forward.’

 

As a foundation, Ralph feels pinpointing just one stand-out success story is just too hard!
‘We can’t really pick out one story as over the years across all our different programs we have had many success stories. These range from our county age group players going to gain professional contracts to integrating cricketers from our community projects successfully into clubs. Our biggest success story over the last 12 months is undoubtedly All Stars Cricket. We had over 40 clubs sign up to the project which then engaged nearly 1400 new cricketers and across the country we were second in terms of kids per club.’

 

 

Quite rightly, as Ralph explains, the GCB are highly positive about the future of cricket, something that bodes well for the long term ambition of the Club.

 

‘At the moment we feel that cricket has great opportunity to grow. The introduction of All Stars has been a great success and hopefully we can build on this initial success to continue growth within the sport. The Women and girls game is flourishing right now and with the success of the national side recently and the new super league I believe this will continue to grow. The introduction of the new T20 competition in 2020 will also hopefully provide a big boost when it is introduced along with the new groundbreaking tv deal that will see cricket back on the BBC again.’

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Ralph for taking the time to chat with us. If you’d like more information about the GCB’s brilliant work you can visit their website here.

 

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Exeter City FC’s Community trust is making a real impact.

 

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Delivering a diverse range of activities for more than 45,000 people, the CITY Community Trust can be seen to be making a real difference within its local area. Covering West Somerset, North, Mid and East Devon, as well as the greater Exeter area, the trust’s 50 plus different programmes go far beyond its footballing roots.

Local sports personality award winner and Head of City Community Trust Jamie Vittles took time to speak with us this week.

 

‘The original idea behind community trusts was to improve football’s brand in the 80s in order to give the sport a better name. Exeter City’s own community trust launched in the early 90s, and I got involved in 2000 at the end of my playing career.’

 

‘We run more than 50 programmes within the trust, these range from football courses, multi-sport courses and many non-sport/educational courses. The whole idea behind the scheme is to make a difference to the local area through the football club.’

 
‘The football programmes are widespread and these are generally lots of fun footballing activities, either after school, in the school holidays or at weekends with tournaments. We work hand in hand with the pro side so that we can bring lots of the young people along to Exeter City games on a regular basis. But it’s not just football that we use as a tool to help out locally.’

 

‘Our disability and inclusion work is fantastic because it really gives everyone in the community the chance to get involved with us. We’ve also got a vibrant education programme which goes right through from some of the younger children, up to Level 2 & 3 BTEC courses and then into a two year Foundation Degree. We’re also involved with the National Citizens Service, so we’re giving 15-17 year olds the chance to explore, adventure, be taken out of their comfort zone and generally help them move forward into adulthood. As you can see, we’re a lot more than just football!’

 
The CITY Community Trust’s extensive work goes hand in hand with its place in the local economy. Working together with everyone in their community is something Jamie sees as vital.

 

‘By working with local businesses and being a visible part of the community, we’re able to get the message out to everyone, plus, our funding avenues can come via lots of different streams, such as the English Football League Trust, The Premier League, Sport England, local authority grants, National Citizens Service, fundraising events, and money generated from our programmes.’

 

Being so well connected to the community has meant utilising the football club’s brand and social media exposure opportunities. Jamie is well versed in their presence online.

 

‘We use lots of different social media platforms to get the message out there. We find Facebook is a great place to post pictures and get kids and parents to interact with us. We also use Twitter which, for us, is a great place to stay connected with the community and local businesses. We’re always looking at new ways to engage, so we’re going to begin using Snapchat and we’re already on Instagram; we’re always interested in exploring any new and effective ways to communicate and perhaps engage people who may be that little bit harder to reach.’

 
 

A question we’ve asked many of the Cap2 newsletter interviewees revolves around their thoughts on the future of their sport. Football might be one of the biggest sports in the UK, but Jamie still thinks there’s a lot of room for improvement.

 

‘We’ve found over the last few years that other sports are catching up with football. We need to make sure our core programmes and courses are growing at the same rate of participation as everyone else’s.’

 

And to do this Jamie has great advice for clubs of all sports.

 

‘My advice is don’t think about numbers. Don’t think how many people are we attracting and how many are participating. If you keep the quality high of each individual course you run, and you have a good workforce, and stay enthusiastic all the time then it’ll work out. What’s worked for us is collaborating with the area, with other sports and with local organisations, you really have to build your role within the community.’

Despite the huge success that CITY Community Trust has experienced, Jamie finds the individual cases to be the ones he’s proudest of.

 

‘I think our best achievement as a trust comes when you look at the individual case studies. When we’ve helped young people find a pathway into education, or into employment, or when a young player has moved into the Academy, or got a contract, or gone into coaching; even when we see the progress of our own coaches, that’s the real success, we don’t rely on numbers but on the positive journeys.’

 

A huge thanks to Jamie and City Community Trust for helping with this week’s article!

 

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Team Bath Tennis

Growing the sport

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When your tennis programme is one of only four LTA International High Performance centres in the UK, you can probably count yourselves as elite. But Team Bath Tennis have kept their programmes open to all, encompassing high performance athletes, members of the public and students all at their exceptional facilities in Bath.

We spoke with Tom Ellis, Head of Club Coaching at Team Bath Tennis to find out how such a high performance centre operates on such a wide scale.

‘We teach approximately 800 children each week on our Team Bath Tennis Club Programme. We have an Academy Programme catering for approximately 50 children/young adults and a University of Bath Tennis club with over 300 active members.’

‘We’ve got a great team of experienced and qualified coaches who deliver our fun and inclusive club programme, which spans over three terms per year (aligned with school terms) and holiday camps. We run classes for all ages; from toddlers (3-year olds), tots (4 and 5-year olds) and under-10s, to teenage and adult tennis, 6 days per week. If you cannot make the times offered at the University or love your tennis at the University so much you want to do additional sessions, we offer something for everybody at our outreach venues: Saltford Tennis Club, Monkton Prep School and Wellow Valley Tennis.’

‘We’ve found that the best way to publicise our events has been to offer taster sessions within schools. Allowing the children to get some experience of the sport, be it playing at school or at our centre or watching the high standard of tennis at our venue, it really helps to drive participation.’

‘My tip for other clubs out there is that Schools are the key. If you can get a good relationship with local schools they will feed your programme with players for a long time.’

The club’s ambition to integrate schools within their widespread plans has lead to what Tom sees to be the club’s biggest success with the LTA (the UK’s tennis governing body) now taking their practise as standard.

 ‘We started our Team Bath Tennis Fun Day three years ago and this is now taken as best practise by the LTA. We visit up to 30 primary schools before the Easter holidays for 30 minute free sessions and invite the children back into our venue for a further free 2 hour session. Players experience tennis within our centre for the first time and are provided with a follow on offer to sign up for our coaching programme at The University of Bath or at one of our outreach venues.’

Founded in 2007, the club’s forward approach to the sport is clear, but Tom understands the need for continual improvement, something that he sees as their future.

 ‘Our sport is competing against multi sports providers who deliver cheap sports within schools. We must try and match that by being more active within the community and offer more schools tennis to a wider range of children throughout the surrounding area.’

A huge thanks to Tom for taking the time to speak to us and provide his hugely interesting views on the way forward for Tennis.

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We’re delighted to announce a new level package for CoursePro, that not only helps improve your offering, but could genuinely improve water safety.

The happy people at Cap2 have been working together with the brilliant team at the Royal Life Saving Society UK to increase CoursePro’s functionality.

As of now, you’ll be able to import the Rookie Lifeguard course into your CoursePro, making it easy to start running Rookie classes.

This means teachers will now be able to record and assess achievements in class using the set Rookie Lifeguard stages.

It will also mean that parents will be able to review their child’s progress at home or on the go using HomePortal.

 As a CoursePro user, you’ll simply need to import the level by going to your Settings tab and clicking Courses. You’ll then see the Rookie Lifeguard option at the top of the levels tab by clicking add new level:

We hope this addition to the CoursePro level packages helps to improve your offering as swim schools whilst bringing lifeguard courses to the front of your agendas!

Mike Dunn, RLSS UK Deputy Director of Education and Research sees great value in CoursePro customers joining the scheme.

“Enjoyed by children and valued by parents, Rookie Lifeguard is extremely popular and we want to encourage more children to take part to learn vital lifesaving skills.

By making it easier for swim teachers to run the course, the addition of the Rookie Lifeguard award to the CoursePro system is a fantastic step to making Rookie Lifeguard accessible to more children across the UK.

For operators, the scheme also helps to build their reputation as socially responsible organisations, while allowing them to generate significant income from their customers.”

Introducing the Cap2 Management team

So far we’ve ticked off our Support team and Development team from the ‘knowing me knowing you’ list!

This time, it’s our Senior Management team who get to say hello!

As part of the Jonas Software group of companies, Cap2 have one of the highest levels of staff satisfaction throughout the organisation. Cap2’s culture of honesty and respect stems down from our 4 strong team of Senior Management who had to answer the toughest of all questions; What’s your favourite film of all time!?

GM, Daniel Haywood

‘It’s got to be Forrest Gump – I have to be honest, I spend more time chasing around after my two kids than watching films, but I’ve watched this film time and time again; I love the way he goes on a journey and despite his set backs succeeds at everything he does!’ 

‘I was once a Cap2 customer, so the transition to working for them and leading the company was an easy choice. The team here are fantastic and always maintain their fair, generous and happy disposition. The culture that we possess at Cap2 is so important because we genuinely care about each other and our customers. As we grow, that culture only strengthens.’

Sales/Marketing Manager, Alex Davison

‘I think by far my favourite film is Inception. It’s incredibly clever and makes you think. I had to watch it twice to see everything that’s going on!’

‘I was just the 5th employee to be brought in here at Cap2 and over the last 4.5 years I’ve played a part in most departments of the business. It’s been an amazing journey seeing and helping it grow to become the #1 provider of course management software to the leisure industry.’

Head of Development, Aaron Scollen

‘If you like hitman movies, and you like Natalie Portman, then you’ll love my favourite film of all time, Leon. It’s about a hitman who has to drop everything to look after a 12 year old Portman; the acting, storyline and visuals are incredible and it’s such a stylish film!’

‘I love working here at Cap2. It’s a bright place with enthusiastic people! As head of Development, my team and I are all about helping to make CoursePro easier to use and better for the customers it serves.’

Operations Manager, Sue Enright

‘My favourite film is the 1997 science fiction film Contact starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. I’ve always loved sci fi and I love the realistic portrayal of earth reacting to aliens. The film never presumes to show us what an alien actually looks like which adds more mystique and excitement.’

‘I love working at Cap2 because of the team spirit we’ve got. We genuinely care, which shows in the way we look out for each other and our customers. Caring and honesty are two of our important company values. Plus, our boss respects our work-life balance and it’s importance which makes for a great environment.’

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