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5a: 'Early Summer Fixture List: A brief introduction to our new clubs'

Here at Taking the Field we are delighted to be able to tell you about the next three clubs we are going to work with over the coming months.

The choice was a pretty tough one. Of course we were delighted at the number of clubs coming forward to take part in the project – particularly strongly in the East Midlands and North West – but this did make life difficult! So many of these clubs looked like fantastic partners for Taking the Field: enthusiastic, with long histories and from interesting communities. We’ve chosen three to get the ball rolling this summer BUT, and I greatly stress this again here as I have to all of you personally, there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to get involved as the project progresses. If we could just have a little of your patience, we can provide you with more (hopefully fascinating) digital stories in the meantime and eagerly look forward to hearing your stories as soon as possible.

(Of course, and I’m going to keep harping on about this I’m afraid loyal TTF followers, we still want to hear from other clubs who would like to get involved, so please, get in touch!)

Anyway: announcing the first of our three new clubs…

                     Spondon Cricket Club, Derby, Derbyshire

  •  Formed in 1883 in Spondon village, on the outskirts of Derby
  •  A highly successful club over the years, currently a member of the Derbyshire Premier Cricket League
  •  The club has 5 senior teams and a junior section with over 180 members
  •  After playing at a ground at Royal Hill Road from 1903, in 2006 the club moved to a brand new pavilion on Locko Road
  •  Club secretary Kathleen Green has recently digitally archived all the club’s records – a foolproof against fire damage that some of you may want to emulate!

For more info on Spondon, please visit their website www.spondoncricketclub.co.uk

That’s just a brief taster for you all. We’re already hearing some interesting tales are emerging from the guys (and girls) of Spondon, so expect more in the coming months!

Over the next few days I’ll start announcing the other two clubs we’re going to work with, heading further North-West…