Welcome to 2015 – from the President
I hope that you have been able to find the time to start practising in our indoor net sessions or that you may have been out training for the season which starts soon.
Your committee has been busy over the close season and we look forward to seeing you soon. We started the annual spring clean and paint at the Club last Saturday – thank you to all who helped. We still have a few more tasks to complete over the next few Saturdays – please try to get involved.
I hope that you can contact your skippers about your likely availability for the pre-season friendly games and also to plan your general availability. At the Annual General Meeting last November, we talked about the importance of providing settled sides. A major step to achieving this is determined by players being available to play for most weekends. We have an eighteen week league season and we expect players to commit to playing regularly. I know that John Lawrence’s life would be made easier if we had more regular availability and fewer last minute call offs. I believe that strong availability makes for stronger teams and more success on the field.
Our club is based on all players taking a lead in moving our Club forward. Please do not wait to be asked but please discuss with your skippers and committee members about how you can help. The juniors, ladies and senior men all have opportunities to get involved. A great recent example has been shown by the junior section who wished to improve the outdoor nets at the club. They have organised fund raising events which generated £3,000. Matt Balch, Pan Pylas and Matt Dixon have taken a lead on behalf of the committee by pursuing corporate sponsorship opportunities – there are plenty of ways that you can help!
We are also part of a wider Dulwich Sports Club where substantial investment has been made on our infrastructure and to our facilities. Your committee has recognised this fact by reviewing the subscriptions. We have made some changes for the new season.
In short we have not increased match fees for some years whilst cost and pitch charges have moved on. It costs over £180 to hire a pitch at other grounds alone without considering costs of new balls, equipment and pavilion costs. The committee is also seeking to use match fees to provide for match officials and to build up funds for improvements.
We have also considered timings of payments and we are asking that annual subscriptions be paid by the 1st May. We have moved to this system with junior memberships where over 90% have paid by today. I would ask that you do not wait and pay the Club soon. We have an on-line subscription system through the website together with opportunity to pay John Lawrence. As most of you will know, his telephone number is 020 8761 2091/
Subscriptions and match fees for the 2015 season will be:
PLAYERS’ ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS (to be paid by 1st May 2015)
- Adult men – £175
- Ladies - £60
- Students over 18 at 1st May and in full-time education – £70
- Students over 16 and under 18 at 1st May – £50
- Adults who are playing members of another section – £100
- Unemployed adults – £60
- Social members – £25
MATCH MONIES (to include costs of teas)
- Adults – £15
- A concessionary rate of £10 is available for students and unemployed adults.
- All players who have not paid subscriptions by 1st May will pay a match fee of £20 until the sub is paid
I hope that you will find these changes will make subscriptions and match fees more transparent and that they will enable you to introduce friends and colleagues to our club. We welcome new members in order to provide for more success in 2015.
In closing could I remind you of a few key dates:
Tuesday April 14th Outdoor Nets start Saturday April 18th Senior friendly pre-season cricket starts Friday April 24th Club welcome evening & Cricket Auction Saturday September 5th League matches end Sunday September 6th Juniors Presentation Day
I am looking forward to a very competitive season across the ladies, the juniors and the adult teams with plenty of opportunities for the club to get together and celebrate success.
I hope that the 2015 season enables you to meet personal targets, that your team performs well and that our club succeeds on all levels.
I look forward to seeing you soon
President, Dulwich Cricket Club
Outdoor nets begin at the Dulwich Sports Ground at 6.30 on Tuesday 14th April.
Juniors holiday cricket
Details of holiday training courses for junior players now available here.
Fixtures for 2015 now available
Dulwich CC around the world
Simon Jones (currently working in Singapore) took a holiday in New Zealand and met up with two former Dulwich stalwarts – Ben D’Anvers and Jamie Siddle. A first glance at the photograph suggests that all three could still be playing cricket as they each look as fit as they did at Dulwich! The conversation was sure to have had many ears burning in SE21.
Midweek work opportunities
As in previous seasons, Dulwich CC will be hosting hire games at Burbage Road and the Dulwich Sports Ground. There is the opportunity to earn around £25 opening up and offering to umpire or score for teams using our facilities. There is often food and drink included. Most games start at 6pm. Anyone interested should contact Matt Craig via firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that Beckenham Cricket Specialists (owned by club member Peter Rice) offer 20% discount off the retail price across the entire cricket range, to all club members & families.
New 2015 cricket ranges now in stock – at prices that compete with all the major online cricket specialists.
Beckenham Cricket Specialist
181A High Street