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The work of the Foundation is aligned to meeting the requirements of the Inspiring Gloucestershire Strategy (2020-2024) and the ECB's Cricket Partnership Agreement

Mission Statement

To develop a fun and enabling environment in which more people in Gloucestershire play and are involved in cricket.

The work of the Foundation is born from three key areas:

  1. Requirements from key partners
  2. The needs of people in Gloucestershire
  3. Additional work that it is believed will benefit the game

In 2019 the Gloucestershire Cricket Board extensively consulted with all partners connected with the game to find out what they wanted and needed from the sport. This consultation included working with all working groups and cricketing organisations, sending surveys to all cricket clubs and community groups, away days with staff, Directors and key individuals, whilst also communicating with the voluntary workforce of Gloucestershire (Coaches, Umpires, Scorers, Groundstaff, Club and League Volunteers).

The result of the game wide consultation was the production of ‘Inspiring Gloucestershire 2020-2024’. The strategy is one for the whole of cricket in Gloucestershire (professional and recreational) but there are very pertinent sections aligned to solely the recreational game. The tables in the section below identify key activities and objectives for the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation to meet over the next four years. There has already been significant progress in many of which we are extremely proud.

Activities / Objectives: Be known for representing our locality and communities
Use cricket as a tool to deliver social impact programmes
To ensure that at all times we reflect the views and values of our local communities
Actively engage with diverse communities that represent the true make-up of the region we represent
To consult regularly with our local communities and stakeholders
To support key stakeholder initiatives (e.g. Bristol City Council) in tackling City/Region-wide challenges
Activities / Objectives: Grow the urban officer
Increase the number of opportunities to participate in cricket in Bristol
Increase the number of opportunities to participate in cricket in Gloucester
Develop a strategy for Bristol and Gloucester which actively engages with diverse communities
“Own” Bristol with a specific strategy that works for all stakeholders
Employ an Urban Development Officer
Improve and further develop community engagement programmes which both use cricket and local cricket assets to improve the lives and well-being of many in urban communities
Connect and engage with more partners/organisations to deliver cricket and community programmes
Influence key partners to invest in urban facilities
Work with Bristol and Gloucester City Councils to achieve sport and physical activity objectives
Activities / Objectives: Create a stronger and safer club and league network
Identify ‘clubs at risk’ and apportion dedicated support
Retain and grow the number of teams and clubs actively offering cricket
Produce a facility strategy for the recreational game
Ensure the league cricket offer is relevant and appropriate
Improve standards of safeguarding across Gloucestershire Clubs
Develop and support family-friendly and female-friendly facilities
Work with clubs to ensure equal opportunities - influence a cultural shift
Produce a volunteer strategy
Say ‘Thank You’ more often - Increase in reward and recognition events
Produce an Officials Strategy
Increase the number of active coaches working across Gloucestershire
Increase the number of courses that volunteers are able to access
Increase the number of volunteers that attend GCB courses
Provide Club Development support to create more ‘ready to invest in’ clubs
Activities / Objectives: Provide an inclusive participation pathway
Provide an offer with alternative formats to grow participation
Influence cricket offer to align to National Programmes and formats
Double participation in Primary Schools
Increase the number of schools receiving ‘full’ programmes
Increase the number of clubs with a junior section
Develop retention strategies for identified problem age groups
Put bats and balls in to more children’s hands in non-traditional environments
Produce a strategy to grow participation and competition in secondary schools
Increase the number of clubs with girls and / or women’s sections
Deliver a schools secondary programme linked directly to women and girl’s clubs
Increase the number of All Stars centres
Annually grow Dynamos centres
Annually grow girls-only Dynamos centres
Increase participation in disability cricket
Activities / Objectives: Provide an excellent and inspiring elite cricket pathway
Ensure all potentially elite players are treated and developed equally regardless of background, gender or ability
To be a top four team in the new regional Women and Girls structure
Increase the number of connections between the professional and recreational games
Create a platform that enables positive interaction between relevant stakeholders
Increase investment in Girls County Age Group cricket
Sustain current disability teams and grow new teams
To create role models who are capable of inspiring people both on and off the pitch
To ensure that players and coaches are provided with the best tools, equipment and facilities in order to develop
and progress to their full potential
Activities / Objectives: Financial sustainability and growth
Increase investment in to the recreational game from organisations ‘outside of cricket’
To ensure full compliance with all appropriate measures relating to financial management and governance
Increase the number of partners who directly link to saving the recreational game money
To manage all expenditure budgets in line with best practice alongside financial means
Produce a recreational game Digital and Marketing Strategy
Activities / Objectives: Clear and exemplary governance
Adhere to the Gold standard of ‘ECB, a good governance guide’ and be a leader in this field
To create a culture underpinned by a clear set of values based on excellence and enjoyment
Complete the staffing structure to align to the five year strategy
Develop and launch a leading Charitable Foundation
To create role models and leaders at all levels of the organisation
To create a support network and working environment that goes beyond the norm and develops and inspires all staff
To achieve an industry leading benchmark such as Investors in People