Welcome to the home of Wigan Cricket Development Group (WCDG).
The Group is made up of representatives from the area's *senior cricket clubs with the sole objective of developing cricket at all levels throughout the Wigan Borough.
We work closely with all aspects of the local cricket community including the clubs, players (boys and girls), schools (mainly Primary but also some work with High Schools), coaches and coach education, National Sporting Bodies, including Lancashire Cricket Board, and anyone interested in developing cricket, particularly around the Wigan area.
Whilst the Group's main focus is aimed at youngsters, both at representative (WCDG run three boys age group District squads together with two fledgling girls squads) and mainstream levels, we encourage and assist clubs to attain Clubmark, a quality standard mark aimed at ensuring quality and safe delivery at clubs, help get funding assistance for club facility development, run an increasingly prestigious annual 20/20 tournament (in association with **Surridge Sports) and are involved generally in lobbying the powers that be on all things cricket.
A number of the 2011 Lancashire CCC County Championship and 2013 promotion winning squads played some or much of their formative cricket at various clubs within the Group, including Karl Brown, Gareth Cross and Paul Horton, as well as Steven Mullaney, who had of course picked up a County Championship winners medal at Nottinghamshire in 2010 and was their POTY in 2013.
If you are interested in more information on the Group or are a club considering joining, please contact us via the website.
* Senior clubs are broadly defined as those with, or working towards, Clubmark accreditation, are affiliated to LCB and are running a junior section.
At the moment there are 13 clubs in the Group and these are:-
Astley & Tyldesley, Atherton, Golborne, Highfield, Hindley SP, Leigh, Norley Hall, Orrell RT, Spring View, Standish, Westleigh, Wigan and Winstanley Park.
** For all the latest information on the WCDG Surridge 20/20 tournament go to: http://wigan2020.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark