Sports clubs need a thriving youth policy to ensure their survival and progress in the years ahead.
Carlisle Cricket Club appear to have the right formula as their enthusiastic and booming junior section is testimony.
Last night the club held a presentation night to cover the Under-11s, Under-13s and Under 15s when teams and individuals were rewarded for their efforts.
The Under-1’s group were crowned champions of their age group in the Cumbria Junior League’s East Division.
Six different players stepped up for the various individual awards with Thomas Brown collecting the Player of the Year chosen by the coach.
The other individual winners were Tom Andrews (Batsman of the Year); James Taylor (bowler of the year); Harvey Ion (Fielder of the Year); Charlie Jamieson (most improved player) and Matthew Sowerby (Sportsman of the Year).
Freddie Newton landed a double in the Under-13s section, the biggest group within Carlisle’s junior section.
He was named player of the year by the coach and also picked-up the coveted players’ player of the year award.
Eddie Taylor was batsman of the year; Aditya Manemi was the bowler of the year and Elliott Shek was named the most improved player.
In the Under-15s it was one of the girls who took centre stage – Charlotte Gower who was named bowler of the year and players’ player of the year.
Calum Taylor was the batsman of the year; Finn Bell was named the most improved player while Kian Browne picked-up the coach award for Player of the Year.