PCSO Mike Smith recently presented a cheque for £250 to Joe LAMBE of Llandudno Cricket Club. The funding was obtained via PACT (Police and Community Trust) and was gratefully accepted by Joe and members of the junior section of the club.
Following the presentation, the group set off on a sponsored walk around the Great Orme in order to raise further funds for their trip to Winterfold School in Kidderminster. At the school they received professional coaching from Gavin HAYNES who represented Worcestershire, at county cricket level, from 1991 to 1999.
The group travelled to Kidderminster on Saturday morning 5th February. Gavin Haynes and his fellow coaches worked two four-hour sessions with the juniors, ten of whom attended, four girls and six boys.
The coaches worked really hard with the juniors and gave them some great advice and tips moving forward in their fledgling cricketing careers. All the children’s parents also attended and the group stayed overnight in the area. The session on the Sunday morning was early but the players embraced this and gave a really good account of themselves. After this session Gavin and his team posed for some photos with the juniors. Gavins’ wife also made some wonderful cakes for the juniors and their parents to enjoy. In turn the group presented Gavin with a Llandudno Cricket Club bobble hat and a thank you card signed by all the juniors. An amazing time was had by all and, hopefully, the juniors have picked up on their cricket skills.
Llandudno Cricket Club are starting indoor nets for their hardball players at the start of March so hopefully this advice will serve them well for these sessions and the season ahead.
The club have expressed their thanks to PCSO Smith for contributing to helping their young players. Cricket is a game that can take years to master and giving the juniors this opportunity of meeting with high level coaches can only advance their skills.