Welcome to Upperthong Cricket Club. Our club is quite a young club having been formed just over 20 years ago. Just ten years ago our facilities were barely adequate in quite a remote rural location. However, since 2004 the club has gone from strength to strength and has been transformed into one which has Community Amateur Sports Club status and which now hosts cup-finals, junior cricket tournaments, fields four senior teams, two on Saturdays, an Evening League team and a Sunday team which plays friendly games with local non-league teams and against visiting touring teams. During this time the Club has upgraded its facilities with two clubhouse extensions and re-fits, big improvements to the ground and square, two lanes of fixed nets with artificial surfaces to exacting ECB specifications, spectator seating and sight-screening. The club has the added advantage of its location in a stunningly picturesque setting in the beautiful Holme Valley.
The most significant feature of the Club’s progress has been the phenomenal development of the Club’s junior teams. Starting with 12 children in 2004, there are now over 120 junior members as at the end of the 2013 season, more than any other club in the Huddersfield Junior Leagues. For a village cricket club this is a major achievement.
We run an Under 17 team and 2 teams at each of Under 15,
Under 13 and Under 11 level providing more opportunities for competitive junior
cricket than any other Huddersfield Cricket Club. We also run a team in the U9
eight a side tournaments. We have more teams after
just eight years than many other local clubs with a 100 plus years of history
The club has 7 level 2 coaches who liaise local junior schools and the local high school where the Club helped to support the ECB investment at the Holmfirth Sports Centre. Yorkshire CCC Pro-Coach Academy are frequent visitors to UCC and facilities are provided free of charge to open up coaching opportunities for children from all nearby clubs. We try to instil an ethos of inclusivity so that all members are involved to the maximum. We insist on top standards of sportsmanship, behaviour, kit and safety and how to both win and lose in a gracious and friendly manner. As our coaching and facilities have improved so have performances and our initial plan to eventually develop our own youngsters for our senior teams is already paying off handsomely with the first group of fully home grown players are now forcing their way into both the first and second adult Saturday teams while still in their early teens.
a result of the successful transition of our high quality juniors into our open
age sides and the continued improvement in our facilities, the club has been
accepted into the Heddersfield Drakes League for the 2014 season. This will present a
demanding but exciting challenge for our continued development. Both our
first and second XIs are certainly up for the battle, having both finished in
top two positions in the Huddersfield Central League in the 2013 season.
We work exceptionally hard to inspire our youngsters and have cajoled and encouraged inspirational characters like Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale and England and Surrey’s Alec Stewart to visit the club in recent years. The club is passionate about involving children at an early age and has been central to the development of the Huddersfield Junior League’s Under 9 tournament programme.
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark