New nets at Burscough
Tuesday 9th November 2010


Over the last 4 years participation levels at Burscough Cricket Club have increased spectacularly, mainly due to the booming junior section.

In 2006 the club had just 2 senior teams and junior teams at U15 and U18 age groups with no ECB qualified coaches in the club. Through help, support and guidance from the Lancashire Cricket Board, in particular Paul Bryson (Cricket Development Manager), Shaun Anders (Cricket Support Officer) and James Cutt (Cricket Development Coach) the club has progressed to fielding three U9 teams, two U11 teams, two U13 teams, two U15 teams, an U18 team and have added a third senior team for good measure.

This transformation can be solely attributed to the club's involvement with LCB Coach Education Programme as in 2007 Burscough CC gained their first ECB Qualified Coach and year on year have increased coaching staff as demand has increased and now boasts twelve club coaches of which ten are ECB Level 2 and two are ECB Level 1. The benefits of these coaches have been evident in the success of the junior section with Burscough junior teams being crowned League Champions at U11 for three consecutive years and at U13 levels for the past two years, therefore striking the balance between development and increased participation.

The club's commitment to attain ECB ClubMark and working closely with its feeder schools, they were granted LCB Focus Club Status and for the last four summers the club coaches have spent a lot of time coaching in five Primary Schools, developing and cultivating local junior talent from the playground to the club arena.

In 2009 it became increasingly evident that due to the increasing popularity of the sport within the Burscough area the club's existing netting facilities were no longer suitable or capable of coping with the increased demand. The club have since been assisted by a sizeable Single Investment System (SIS) grant from the England Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) via the Lancashire Cricket Board and a new top class net facility has become a reality and was installed in August.

2011 promises to be an exciting year at Burscough as the club continues to grow and move forward at all levels.

The LDCC would like to congratulate Burscough CC on its continual commitment in developing junior cricket.

(reproduced by kind permission of the Lancashire Cricket Board)