Towards the end of last year, we published our plans for a new initiative: Barmy Army Clubs. Now, we are thrilled to be able to announce our first ten BA Clubs:
Over the course of the next few months, we will be working extremely closely with all ten of our clubs as the 2019 season gets underway. We have begun the planning of events with our clubs, to take place throughout the summer, and all of them have received access to our exclusive kit range, BA Performance.
Carmarthen Wanderers CC rely heavily on their thriving junior section to feed and supply their competitive men’s teams. From Under 6s to Under 15s, the club have experienced a great deal of success in age-group cricket. Most notably, the Under 13s were crowned Welsh Cup winners at Sophia Gardens.
With five current age-group Devon players and two ladies training with England and Western Storm, Clyst St. George are another club with a reputation for developing talent. Having just this year purchased their ground (after renting for 124 years), the club are keen to develop their facilities further.
Boasting arguably one of the most picturesque grounds in the country, Cofpord CC represents perhaps our most unusual club in terms of its playing area. An enormous oak tree sits on the square of this Colchester-based club, putting Kent’s St. Lawrence lime tree to shame!
Draycott & Hanbury CC are very much a club on the up. Having recently added a second XI to their ranks, expanding the adult section of a set up that already boasts a thriving junior system, their first XI won promotion last time out and are looking to do the same again in 2019. We are hopeful that our partnership with this Staffordshire club can help continue their promising development.
2019 is a very special year for Parkhurst CC, as they are turning 100 years old. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to be able to support the club at such a significant time in their history. Parkhurst recently returned home to their local ground in Fairlight, Sussex, and share their facilities with a local youth club. It is their ambition to introduce as many youngsters to the game as possible, and that is always to be commended.
Shelley CC of Huddersfield are another community-focused club. Their facilities are used by local children and the “Shelley Over 60s”, and the club are desperate to continue to improve them so that everyone, not just cricketers, can benefit. Hopefully, the work we do with them over the coming months will be felt by all.
If a 250th anniversary in an Ashes and World Cup summer wasn’t enough, Stock CC also have their first season as a Barmy Army Club to look forward to. Following a mini-collapse in 2014, something all England cricket fans can related to, the club have recovered wonderfully over the past few years. The final day of last season was the stuff of fairy tales; a nail-biting game ended up with promotion to the Mid-Essex Premier Division for their impressive milestone campaign.
Following the devastation of the 2015 Boxing Day floods, Tong Park Esholt CC of Yorkshire are on the edge of some exciting times. They’ve rebuilt since that damaging day, and now boast three senior sides and a re-launched junior section. Following two promotions, a cup, and a cup final last summer, here’s hoping that 2019 brings more success to a club that’s owed some fortune.
The heart of the local community, and a supporter of the local Alzheimer’s awareness group, Wem CC of rural North Shropshire are constantly striving to give back to the community. They rely on the help of volunteers, particularly as the upkeep of the ground is also necessary for the local comprehensive school.
Last on our list is our club most likely to attract some A-listers to their ground on a Saturday. Weybridge CC host numerous high-profile events, including a charity match against Surrey CCC, a WCC sporting dinner, and a dedicated charity day. They’re exemplary when it comes to charity work, having raised £8,000 for Breast Cancer Care last summer. With thriving women’s and junior sections, and products such as Jade Dernbach, Weybridge have just added another claim to fame to their impressive portfolio: a partnership with the mighty Barmy Army!
Congratulations once again to all of our clubs. It was tough picking just ten, but we do hope to expand this initiative in future years, so keep your eyes out for further announcements. We are also welcoming late applications, however, for access to our kit range. If you’re interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be publishing updates on all of our clubs throughout the season, and would like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck for the summer.