Present:

Apologies

The meeting started at 6.45. Unfortunately, Rupert Hill of Burgess Park CC was unable to attend. MK brought the excellent colour photos of the Guv’nor’s Cup game taken by John Wardell (honourary club photographer) and the Southwark News report. Dan Manns brought his draft match report.

It was agreed that it had been a really good day and that we are inspired to develop SPCC. The success of the match on 24 August (part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Southwark Park) was only possible due to the goodwill and support from the community. A vote of thanks was given for the Friends of Southwark Park, the Rotherhithe Festival Committee and The China Hall who provided publicity, the medals, trophy and teas. A special thanks was also given to Rupert Hill for all his advice and encouragement in setting up SPCC and for his players for taking the time to play at relatively short notice. We look forward to future fixtures against BPCC.

The meeting discussed the need to be realistic about what members can put into the club and how they want to see it develop. PT discussed the council’s plans to establish a friendly league of Southwark cricket clubs including Dulwich, BPCC, Peckham Rye and SPCC. It was agreed that we should focus on local teams and arrange up to 6 fixtures next year. It was agreed that weekends were preferable to evening matches. JW and MP mentioned that they have connections with clubs who we could approach for games, including hosting a touring side. Proposals for teams to contact or matches to arrange should be sent to the Secretary.

Membership

It was agreed that SPCC will aim to increase its membership among local people. As the club needs to pay for nets and equipment, it was agreed to ask members to pay a £20 membership fee in addition to pay and play costs. It was agreed that the membership fee should not be barrier to entry for new players who can begin playing for the club on a pay and play basis initially.

Equipment

Last summer the club had some items donated and PT was able to buy pads, gloves and a bat for SPCC at end of season prices, and provided white shirts for the 24 Aug match. PT will get a kit bag for the equipment and ensure it is stored safely until needed for nets next spring. Any other donations gratefully received. Once we have confirmation about being able to have space within the forthcoming new athletics stadium in the Park, we will need to raise funds to purchase a folding mobile practice net (cost approx £3K).

Constitution and Roles

MK presented the draft SPCC constitution, which had previously been circulated to all members. It was unanimously agreed to adopt the constitution.

The following were nominated and elected:

  • Chair – Dan Manns
  • Secretary – Paul Ruskin
  • Treasurer – Martin Kovats
  • Communications – Dave Butler

MK will open a bank account for SPCC and will be cosignatory with the Chair, Dan Manns.

Martin Kovats was elected team captain for 2015.

DB has set up a club website http://www.southwarkpark.cc and we also have twitter account @SouthwarkParkCC All pics, docs and other info that we want to publicise on these should be sent to DB.

Training

Nets – it was agreed to arrange fortnightly nets from February. If Downside Fisher is not available (or too expensive), we will explore nets at City of London Academy or Bacon’s College.

Development - PT will circulate information about training courses in umpiring, scoring, coaching skills and first aid. A number of members expressed interst in these. If SPCC is to undertake (youth) coaching we will need trained coaches, someone with a first aid qualification and coaches will need to be CRB checked. When ready, we can approach the Salmond Centre about arranging taster sessions for up to 6 weeks at their 10-14s youth club (contact Jamie Angelsea). For the meantime, SPCC will encourage young people who want to play cricket to attend coaching with BPCC. Youth can join in nets sessions if a parent/guardian is present.

The meeting formally closed at 8pm.

MK