Opening matches fall to weather

ALL WEEKEND cricket games were cancelled due to unplayable ground conditions.

Fixtures are: Saturday - Scottish Cup, Freuchie v Forfarshire, Muir Road, 12 noon. Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union Premier - Forthill v Miegle, Forthill 1 p.m. Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union Division One - Breadalbane v Forthill Second XI, Victoria Park, Aberfeldy 1 p.m. Sunday - Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union Division Three – Forthill Third XI v St Modans, Forthill 1 p.m.

Junior coaching update

FORFARSHIRE Cricket Club took the decision to introduce children to cricket by sending its qualified coaches to the local primary schools during the summer term in order to raise the awareness of the game in this area and to provide a grass roots coaching programme.

This initiative was started some 18 years ago when the club employed Peter Drinnen as its professional club coach and it was part of his remit to visit all the local primary schools and introduce the children to kwik cricket.

Following Peter’s move to become youth development manager with Cricket Scotland and now head coach of the Netherlands’ national team, the club has continued with this development work through employment of several overseas cricket coaches including Tom Cooper, who is currently playing for the Netherlands and South Australia.

Following these years of hard and rewarding work - more than 10 players have gone on to gain national honours - the club continues to have close links with five of the local primary schools and is in the process of fostering closer ties with two local secondary schools.

Since January, local cricket development work has become a year-round operation and is now organised through Dundee Cricket Development Group of which Forfarshire CC is a founder member.

Together with each of the other local cricket clubs Dundee HSFP, Norwood and Rossie Priory, Dundee University and the High School of Dundee, the group is financing and managing the new post of community cricket coach.

Richard Rennie is very much up and running as coach and has the responsibility for delivering a grass roots development programme, which includes coaching sessions at 15 primary schools and the clubs.

Forfarshire Cricket Club junior section, now known as ‘The Ferry Forfs’, welcomes new juniors, both boys and girls, to come along to its coaching sessions and cricket games for all age groups. The club and ground is situated adjacent to Forthill Primary School, off Fintry Place, Broughty Ferry.

Coaching sessions commence Monday, April 30, as per the following schedule:

l Mondays: from 6.30 to 8 p.m. - kwik cricket for those aged six to 10 years and under-11 mini gardball.

l Tuesdays: from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. - under-15s.

l Wednesday evenings: – club junior matches.

l Thursdays: from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. - under-13s.

l Friday evenings: – club junior matches.

l Saturday mornings: – club junior matches.

Forfarshire Cricket Club continues to be a driving force of this coaching programme and is now receiving considerable support from the head teachers within the local schools.

In order to support the player development programme this season, the club has also engaged the services of Ryan Watson, former captain of the Scottish Saltires and Level 2 ECB coach, and Tony Judd, national team assistant coach, who will provide a higher quality of coaching.