Since re-joining the Derbyshire County Cricket League just over ten years ago, the club has substantially grown both in the size of its membership and the quality of cricket played.
Over the last seven years the number of players needed on a weekly basis has risen from 52 to 90 with weekly coaching provided to around 40 junior players. The 1st XI played in the Derbyshire Premier League for five years from 2006. This is the highest level of club cricket with the majority of players having come through the junior ranks of the club.
The fantastic achievement of Matthew Lineker to live his boyhood dream of playing First Class Cricket for Derbyshire is testament to the support given by the Club to help him reach this goal.
The desire of players, coaches and many volunteers to reach these high standards is reflected through the achievement of Clubmark accreditation and the recent endorsement as a Focus Club.
Over the last five years, investment of around £40k has been made to develop a second ground based at Alfreton Grange Arts College (County League Standard B) and on machinery and equipment to transform and maintain the main ground at Alfreton Park (County League Standard A+)
Two areas of development are now in urgent need of attention and have become a priority focus for the Club Management Committee.
These are the provision of new changing facilities to meet Sport England and ECB standards and the provision of “off-field” training nets.
This Club Development Programme summarises achievements on and off the cricket field and looks at how the club is developing these further.
The provision of new changing facilities will open up the clubroom to further community based activities together with the opportunity to press ahead with plans to introduce girls cricket to the club
This will further enhance the reputation of the club as a focus for health, sport and community activities in an area that falls short of many national health and deprivation based indicators.
The investment required to make this project a reality in terms of capital, resources and energy is the biggest test ever faced by the club but the rewards for this and future generations will be well worth the effort.
- Alfreton Cricket Club (ACC) was established in 1927 as Alfreton Miners Welfare Club
- The Club moved to the ground in Alfreton Park in 1965
- The present clubhouse was built in 1985
- Re-joined the Derbyshire County Cricket League in 2001 with 2 x Senior Teams and 3 x Junior Teams
- The 1st XI were promoted to the Derbyshire Premier League in 2005 and spent 6 years at the highest level of Club Cricket
- Long term (25 year) Lease on the ground/clubhouse completed in 2008
- “Clubmark” status achieved in 2008 in which clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan. Four themes are:-
- Duty of care and safeguarding children
- The Cricket Programme
- Sports Equity and ethics
- Club Management
- ACC has been identified as a “Focus Club within a Community Cluster ” by the Derbyshire Cricket Board which is a collaboration of :-
- The Focus Club (Cricket Club)
- Partnership of Schools/Education Establishments
- Local Community Groups
- Local Business and Sponsors