Cash injection to help youth coaching

BURY St Edmunds Cricket Club has received a £2,500 cash boost towards their summer coaching programme.

BURY St Edmunds Cricket Club has received a £2,500 cash boost towards their summer coaching programme.

The money is part of the Sportsmatch scheme and will help provide coaching for the club's tiny tots (under-eights) right through to elite coaching for young players in the youth section.

The scheme sees Sportsmatch pay 100% of money contributed by sponsors in the first year, 50% in the second year and 25% in the third year.

Bury received £5,000 last year through the scheme to match the three-year sponsorship from East Anglian companies Trinity Construction Consultancy Ltd and Hanover Financial Securities Ltd.

Next year they will receive £1,250 from Sportsmatch as the third and final instalment.

Coaching under the scheme at the club is provided by former England Under-19 and Essex bowlers Justin Bishop and Andrew McGarry, Natal opening bowler Andrew Tweedie, who also coaches at Culford School, and Suffolk batsman Nick Lee.

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All four coaches play in the club's side in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

The money will enable the club to not only carry out its youth development programme but also promote girls' cricket.

The club have already got their first women's coach - Libby Boor, who is a qualified Level One coach and assists in the co-ordination of the youth programme and also sits on the club's youth committee as well as the main committee.

The club's summer coaching project is run in addition to the winter coaching project that takes place at Culford School, which is also supported by Sportsmatch.

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