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Tony Smith


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Richard Ellis


Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club Development Plan


Hethersett and Tas Valley is a progressive cricket club which has been in existence since the 19th century. After many years of playing in the village of Hethersett, the club moved to its present home at Taswood Lakes, Flordon, in 2004. 

The club currently fields three adult Saturday sides competing in Divisions Two and Four of the Norfolk Cricket Alliance and Division Seven of the Norfolk Cricket League. It runs a Sunday side in the Mid Norfolk League and junior sides. The club also competes in the Carter Cup, Norfolk Cricket Officials Cup, Lady Mary Trophy, Bernard Matthews Cup and Wensum Cup and also plays midweek and evening friendly games, including matches against touring teams. The club has junior sides at Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 levels, all playing in the South Norfolk Community League and the Norfolk Alliance Junior League 

Based five miles south of Norwich, Hethersett & Tas-Valley CC is one of Norfolk's most ambitious, up and coming clubs. In 2008 the club were crowned champions of the Norfolk League and were promoted into the Norfolk Alliance. 

The club has a number of main aims which include the following (in no specific order). 

To provide competitive cricket for all ages
To provide cricket in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere
To encourage participation in cricket by youngsters under the age of 16
To be an inclusive club with the emphasis on family involvement.
To treat everyone involved in club life as equal and with respect and to foster good relations with other cricket clubs in order to promote the sport of cricket
To achieve the best possible facilities and to improve these through fund-raising and grants
To encourage involvement in the club and to organise a vibrant social side through events such as barbecues, race nights, dances, quizzes , an annual cricket tour, presentation and fireworks evening and an annual end of season super sixes tournament which is open to other clubs.

The club’s current facilities include the following: 

Two pitches
Purpose built pavilion with bar and kitchen facilities
Electronic scoreboard with secondary repeater board
Mobile high spec covers
Two changing blocks with showers and toilet facilities.
Sight Screens
Full coaching facilities including nets. 

The club is currently working towards achieving the nationally recognised ECB Clubmark award. 

Development Plan 

The following development plan is divided into three sections – short term objectives (one year), medium term objectives (one to three years) and long term objectives (three years plus). 

Overall Aim 

The overall over-arching aim of the club in the short, medium and long term is to provide competitive and social cricket for adults and young people under the age of 16 within the framework of a well established and effectively run club where everyone is treated with fairness and equality. 

Short Term Aims – Achievable within one year 

To further enhance the standing of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club by 

Continuing promotion of the club through sponsorhship opportunities, marketing, publicity and promotion.
Obtaining the national clubmark award
Ensuring that the club meets ECB criteria with regards to policies etc.
Continuing work to improve the standard of the two pitches available at Taswood Lakes.
Attracting additional sponsorship from the local business community.
Further developing and enhancing the existing clubroom following the building of the new changing block. This will include improving the kitchen area with new equipment through fund-raising and improving the bar area and general facilities.
Developing and enhancing links with local schools and the community in order to enhance the name of Hethersett and Tas Valley and make people of all ages aware of the club facilities and cricket available. To do this through club members contacting schools (a number of club members either work in or are governors of schools in the club’s catchment area).
Further enhancing and promoting an all inclusive membership policy allowing people of all ages, colour, creeds and disabilities to become club members and to be involved in club life.
Continuing to improve club facilities by providing improved pitch covers (this has already been achieved), providing a repeater scoreboard to work alongside the current electronic scoreboard (this has already been achieved), and improving the viewing facilities for spectators by providing additional seating facilities around the ground.
Drawing up and implementing a legally binding document giving the club safety of tenure over a period of time.
Joining the Hethersett and Meltons’ Sports Association to help promote cricket within the three villages.
Further enhancing the flow of information to club members and supporters by increased use of the club’s web site and e-mail systems.
Appointing an assistant welfare officer to stand in for the welfare officer when he/she is away or not available.

Medium Term Aims 

To introduce new junior age group teams to fill existing gaps
To introduce a ladies team
To further enhance club facilities to make them wheelchair friendly and to encourage club involvement from people with disabilities.
To improve practice facilities
To improve facilities on the club’s second pitch with improved shelter, scoreboard, covers and sightscreens.
To enhance our standing within the community of Hethersett through promotion and publicity.
To retain the Clubmark and, by working closely with county authorities and Active Norfolk, encourage more club members to take coaching and other relevant qualifications.

Long Term 

To reach the Premier Division of the Norfolk Alliance
To improve car parking facilities and the approach to the ground
To see the third team win Division One of the Norfolk League and gain access to the Norfolk Alliance.

Hethersett and Tas Valley is an extremely vibrant club with a very good club atmosphere which is enhanced by the surrounding beauty of Taswood Lakes. Our aims are to become one of the top clubs in Norfolk and one of the prime movers in promoting the sport of cricket to as wide an audience as possible. It is also our aim to become one of the best run and most progressive clubs in the county. Our overall aim is to continue to develop both on the playing and non playing side. Our club development plan will give us the opportunity to do this and will be re-visited on a regular basis and  updated as and when necessary. 

Tony Smith (Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club Chairman)

Richard Ellis (Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club Secretary)

Peter Steward (Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club Development Officer) 

July 2011