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CRICKET


John Stevenson


When it was suggested that the club might fold, my immediate thought was ‘Over my dead body!’. Having been involved with the club for over forty years, it was unthinkable that cricket





would no longer be a part of village life


Before


naïve in our understanding of the task at hand. With a lot of water under the bridge, research and time spent speaking to experts, those two or three rather naïve people worked very hard to gain a greater understanding of the project and realise what it would really take to bring vision to reality.”


One of the things to come of this learning curve was the decision that, for the project to be a success, a more formal management structure was required. In March 2013, the Abbots Bromley Sports Association Charity (ABSA) was formed. John was appointed joint Trustee & Chairman of the new development committee alongside fellow Chair Chris Wood; heading up an eight- strong board of trustees. With representatives of the village sports clubs working together on the board - including


Cricket Club chairman Mark Hurst - ambitious new plans began to take shape. The original £1m budget was reduced to a more achievable £750k; with specifications and design adjusted to make not only securing funds but the association’s ability to fund match more feasible. Within the revised budget, facilities at the new ground would include a clubhouse, twelve wicket natural cricket table, junior and senior natural football pitches, and three artificial tennis courts also marked for netball. Not only would the village clubs make use of the new facility but also the school itself; ensuring the new sports ground is truly at the heart of village life.


Influential in guiding the group on its course was David Bates, lead consultant at TTS - a Sport England Framework Provider of consultancy services for natural grass


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PC April/May 2019


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