Seamer & Irton Cricket club was formed in 1920 (as far as we can ascertain), we play at The Sports Field, Seamer, Scarborough. The ground is leased by Seamer Sports Association from Seamer Parish Council. The sports ground is situated in a central location in the village of Seamer, we provide not only the residents of Seamer & Irton the opportunity to play and enjoy cricket, but also residents from the surrounding areas.
In 1946 a 2nd XI team was formed and entered into the Scarborough & District League, they eventually joined the Scarborough Beckett League in 1966, in 1993 a 3rd XI side was entered into the Derwent Valley League.
The cricket club is controlled by a well organised committee, made up of volunteers. Our club constitution is based on a template provided by the ECB, this clearly states our aim as a club to provide the members of our club and the surrounding community the opportunity to play and enjoy cricket regardless of age, ability or creed.
Seamer & Irton Cricket Club has over 60 adult members and 30 junior members. Members of the club are from Seamer and it's surrounding villages, they enjoy playing cricket and also the social aspect that the sports club provides, this includes a bar, function area, football pitches, bowls rink, barbecue etc.
The club has two cricket pitches with changing facilities and showers for one of the pitches incorporated within the sports and social club (Seamer Sports and Social Club). The second pitch has changing facilities within a wooden shed but no showering facilities. The Sports and Social Club is run by its own committee and funds for the cricket club are raised independently by the Cricket Club committee. The Sports committee employ a part time groundsman but the equipment used to maintain the cricket grounds are owned by the cricket club.
The cricket ground consistently achieves good reviews from team’s who play there, under the local league’s ground marking scheme, for which we as a club are extremely grateful for the hard work and effort that the part-time groundsman puts in. Part of the second pitch is use by the football club in the winter, this pitch does suffer from flooding during periods of excessive rain despite attempts to have drainage installed.
The 1st eleven play in the Scarborough Beckett League and have been promoted to the Premier League for the 2010 season
The 2nd eleven play in the Scarborough Beckett League also and have consolidated their position in the C Division.
The 3rd eleven play in the Derwent Valley League and have been promoted for the last two consecutive seasons and will be playing in the A division in the coming season.
The 1st and 2nd team evening league side’s play in the Andy Hire Evening League in Division’s A and B respectively after the 1st Eleven gained promotion last season.
The U15's play in the local Derwent Valley Under 15’s Junior League, they had another successful season after winning the league, they won 12 of the 19 league, cup and presentation fixtures that they played last season, with 4 fixtures cancelled due to the bad weather.?
An U11 side has been formed for the coming season and has been successful with their application to join the Derwent Valley U11’s Junior League.
Teaching and Coaching
The club have relied heavily in the past on small number of committee members to provide coaching at junior level, with half a dozen nets for the seniors and juniors before the season starts, then weekly sessions for the juniors during the season. However, this year four senior members have attended an ECB coaching course during the closed season, they all achieved the ECB Level 1 coaching badge and as consequence weekly coaching sessions will be run throughout the season by the newly qualified coaches.
The Local Community
The club actively encourages the local community to join the Sports and Social Club, they have a hardcore group of supporters who regularly attend matches to support all the sports teams during the season. Businesses within the local community kindly sponsor the club by sponsoring match ball’s and advertising boards around the boundary, as well as club equipment and clothing.
On a weekly basis we run a football card to pay for the umpires, any surplus monies are paid into club funds. Sponsors are sought to pay for a match ball every week for the 1st eleven. Raffles are run during major cup fixtures to raise additional funds along with kind donations from social members.
The standard of cricket within the club has gradually improved over the last 3-4 years, with promotion being achieved by the 1st and 3rd XI teams, as well as a strong junior section, with juniors regularly playing for the 3rd XI.
However, we realise that we can not stand still as a club, we need to continue to improve and reduce the gap in standard between the 1st and 3rd XI as well as improve the facilities to encourage increased membership within the club.
What We Need to Achieve
The club are currently working towards the ECB Clubmark Accreditation, we should have this signed off and completed during the 2010 season. As part of the Clubmark Accreditation we have formulated a development plan, this should consolidate our ideas and move the club forward and achieve the necessary improvements. The plan includes short, medium and long term goals, these will be reviewed and revised in each of the areas that have been identified by the committee, as we strive to provide a forward thinking club that offers its members a safe and enjoyable place to play and enjoy cricket, and that also allows everyone the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.