As the cricketing season starts in earnest this month, many people may be unaware of Stirling County Cricket Club’s promotion last season into the Western Premier League.
Cricket Scotland CEO, Malcolm Cannon, this week reflected on the several reasons he believes Stirling County Cricket Club sets a fine example of a community champion for the Stirling area. Having held Cricket Scotland’s AGM at the Club on Thursday 12th April, Mr. Cannon took time out to speak about the facilities and the people at the Club. He said,
“In the time I have been involved with Cricket Scotland, I have travelled throughout the country and I must say Stirling is blessed with facilities that are right up there at the top of the game. Few can match the inspiring location in which to play the game of cricket and the member clubs of the Western Premier League will be impressed with the Club and its facilities. The Club has a very healthy membership including the Ladies and Juniors groups. This serves to remind everyone that, despite the prominence of football and rugby, cricket still thrives throughout Scotland with more than 17,0000 people enjoying the game and the camaraderie that comes with it.
Cricket Scotland has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Club over several years and in recent months has used the venue successfully for a Board away day and its AGM. I was reminded that Clubhouse facilities are modern and practical and the ambience is just perfect for a business gathering. The active membership also gives me great confidence that the Club will continue to thrive and become a champion for the Stirling community. And, you never know, we might even witness the emergence of a future Scotland Captain from the ranks!”
Jason Jones, recently elected Club Chairman, was pleased with Mr. Cannon’s views.
“We were delighted to welcome and host Malcolm and Cricket Scotland to New Williamfield. I would echo Malcolm’s thoughts and we are pleased with the direction of travel for the Club. We are very keen to showcase the Club’s facilities to a wider audience and our membership, who are rightly the heartbeat of the Club, continues to grow.
In my view, the Club and its facilities are Stirling’s hidden gems which local people are beginning to discover and many groups are now using our facilities for corporate and social functions. We welcome all groups to come and see what we have to offer. After all, if a respected national organisation like Cricket Scotland chooses to use our facilities, why wouldn’t the people of Stirling choose to? “
Due to the Stirling Marathon there will be no vehicle access to the Club (in or out) between 9am and 4pm next Sunday.
Having spoken to the organisers, the only alternative for those going to the Club during that time is to park nearby in the retail park (free parking) and walk over to the Club (around 10 minutes).
Due to the many traffic restrictions in place during the day, including the long term closure of the road from the town centre, the only access to the retail park from the motorway network ( from north and south) is as follows:
• leave the M80/ M9 at junction 9 ( Granada Services)
• take the A91 St Andrews
• follow the road through various roundabouts until you reach the Muirton roundabout (near the Club) where the A91 road closes on the day.
• at the roundabout take a sharp left into the retail park
• park in the Park and Ride car park which is first left after entering the retail park.
• walk over to the ground around the front of Morrison’s supermarket.
With just over one week to go before, once again, Stirling cricketers brave the icy winds and torrential downpours that constitute a Scottish cricket season, the club would like to announce that senior outdoor training will begin on Thursday April 5th. In preparation for the club's first friendly at home to West of Scotland the following Saturday, this training will take place at New Williamfield on the artificial nets and will run from 6pm until we run out of light or everyone has lost all feeling in their fingers! Full details are below:
Event - Senior Outdoor Training
Venue - New Williamfield
Time - 6pm
The training is open to all current and prospective members, regardless of age, ability and gender. If you are able to attend, please come down to the ground next Thursday (even if not selected for the friendly against West of Scotlans) and take the chance to get some essential pre-season practice.