How Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club went from a small cricket club to a community hub and #MoreThanAClub

Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club (WRCC) is based in Falkirk located 33 km northeast of Glasgow. The club was founded in 1908 as a cycling and cricket club after a meeting of local residents.

In 1995 they moved into their new ground, a former farm, having sold their previous ground, and I think it is fair to say that the clubhouse’, a converted barn, was not the most pleasant of places.

 Back in 2015 when WRCC was selected to take part in Cricket Scotland’s ‘Thriving Clubs’ programme together with local Cricket Scotland Development Officer, Ian Shaw, I met up with the club committee.

They then decided that their objective was not to be ‘The Best Cricket Club’ or ‘The Biggest Cricket Club’’ but ‘The Friendliest Cricket Club’ and a year later they won Cricket Scotland’s Award as ‘Scotland’s friendliest cricket club’, largely down to their transformative work with their junior section – taking it from 20 juniors to 118 with programmes such as All Stars (5 to 8), Westies (8 to 10) and Wolves (11 to 17).

Welcoming

 The fast-growing junior section also re-branded the youngest members as the Westies, with a West Highland terrier wearing a club logo on its collar, as their logo. The club then produced a Welcome Pack which explained the rules of cricket in layman’s terms, the workings of the club and introduced people involved with the club. (Remember, that cricket is a minority sport in that part of Scotland).

  Long Way

Through various initiatives and projects the club has set up over the past few years, WRCC have shown the sport can be for all growing it’s membership over 500% and improving facilities – and the hard work behind the scenes has not gone unnoticed.

Over the years, it has grown its junior section, increased female participation, removed barriers to participation for disabled children and adults, supported those living with dementia and most recently working with a partner group to support recovering drug and alcohol addicts.

Stephen Sutton, who has been involved with WRCC for 30+ years said: “I think the club has had a massive impact on the community. We see it as #MoreThanACricketClub. Some clubs find it difficult to engage with the community, but that’s what we’ve been doing for the last six years. People can see the benefits not just in terms of sport but in community facilities and we still want to do a lot more.”

Sustaining the long-term future of the club was its first objective, so the club financed and project managed a children’s nursery, which has enabled 70 families to return to work and employs 20 people from the area.

Glenbervie Kindergarden leases the building and the rent makes the club financially secure. In 2015, WRCC received the “Biggest Change Makers in Scottish Cricket” award from Cricket Scotland on the back of this work.

They have reached out into the community, promoting female social fitness and female only softball cricket, running multiple disability sessions, free bike repair clinics and helping local people living with dementia.

The club’s Chair Stephen Sutton said: “We believe that being inclusive is not about welcoming everyone who comes to the club but being proactive and reaching out to find underrepresented people and groups, and working with them to give them the same opportunity irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or background.”

 
  Westquarter and Redding CC are one of Scotland’s clubs pushing to make cricket more inclusive and in 2019 they won Cricket Scotland’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion award

 

Introducing Disability Cricket Champion Clubs across Scotland
Cricket Scotland have adopted an ECB programme called Disability Cricket Champion Club, and earlier this year Westquarter were named as one of the first three champion clubs in Scotland alongside Strathmore and Dumfries.

In 2019 Westquarter set up Enhanced Provision All Stars which runs in Enhance Provision classes of Falkirk’s primary schools which has now been adopted by Cricket Scotland as part of their disability pathway.

To provide an opportunity to children who wouldn’t normally be reached by All Stars and other regular programmes, the club worked with Lisa Male (Active Schools Disability Co-ordinator) to provide 4 weeks of cricket coaching to the Enhanced Provision Class at Easter Carmuirs school. Based on these sessions, WRCC approached Cricket Scotland to set up EP All Stars to bring cricket to the enhanced provision students and those from areas of deprivation.

 
Delivering Enhanced Provision All Stars classes bring cricket to the enhanced provision students and
those from areas of deprivation

 

“The funding available to subsidise the program enabled us to sign up all our pupils and get them involved. This would not have been possible if it was not subsidised … the sessions delivered were tailored to our pupils' needs and enabled them to develop their hand/eye co-ordination, balls skills and teamwork”.
Debbie Campbell, Enhance Provision Teacher at Easter Carmuirs

They have also run programmes such as Table Cricket, which Lord’s Taverners describe as “an adapted version of cricket played on a table tennis table, specifically designed to give young people with a disability the chance to play in the sport we all love.”

 
 Table cricket sessions run by WRCC with Forth Valley Disability Sports

 

 As part of their Disability Cricket Champion club programme, the club has introduced a disability section for ages 8 upwards and pan-disability. This has opened up opportunities for people with Downs Syndrome, Complex Needs, Aspergers Syndrome, learning difficulties, autism and amputees to play cricket.

This has been made possible thanks to the continued support of the clubs qualified volunteer coaches ably supported by the older juniors who were also keen to help and give opportunities to people who wouldn’t attend mainstream classes.

 
 Disability cricket session at Bailliefields (Photo courtesy of the Falkirk Herald)

 

Supporting people with dementia
In late 2018 the club identified a lack of groups in the Braes area of Falkirk supporting people living with Dementia so they contacted Alzheimer Scotland. On the back of this, the Try Something New group for people living with dementia and their carers was set up. In 2019 the club ran free sessions covering cricket, archery, petanque, chair yoga, photography, tennis, ballroom dancing, Italian, indoor curling, drumming, dementia dogs, tai chi and many others.

 

 

 “The Try Something New programme has given people the opportunity to participate in cricket, archery, petanque, yoga, drumming and ballroom dancing. Involvement in these activities has increased social, mental and physical well-being of the group members by valuing their contribution and increased awareness of both dementia and how to live well with the condition.”
Justine Davidson, Dementia Advisor

 
 The work done with the Try Something New group by WRCC was recognised when the group was nominated
and then chosen as a finalist in the Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative at the Scottish Dementia Awards 2019.

 

 That’s just the tip of the iceberg though for the club that in 2021 transitioned to Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status.

 The award-winning Cricket Scotland developed CricHIIT programme aims to increase female participation via a fast and fun combination of cricket skills and HIIT training. CricHIIT is a fun exercise programme designed to encourage females aged 12+ to try cricket by combining HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) principles with basic cricket skills.
Sessions ideally run in a block of 6-8 weeks to experience the benefits of the HIIT training programme. By adding basic cricket skills, the programme gives females the confidence to have a go a cricket! 45-minute session plans have been created by the Cricket Scotland Strength & Conditioning Team at three intensities to cater for all levels of fitness.
The taster sessions have been a resounding success with all those attending keen for it to become a permanent part of the club.
 21 ladies came along to week 1 of WRCC CricHIIT tasters

 

This has been backed up by feedback from the taster sessions with all who attended indicating they would return and scoring the sessions an average of 9.7 out of 10.
Some of the feedback received when asked what they liked about CricHIIT included:

  • “The team games and the inclusiveness”
  • “Teamwork”
  • “Fun team sport and exercise”
  • “It was good fun, met great people, got myself more active”
  • “Fitness improving and socialising”
  • “Fun, sociable, energetic”
  • “Looking forward to it starting up soon!”

 

Winning Scotland’s Local Club of the Year Award

Their latest recognition comes from the Sunday Mail/sportscotland Scottish Sports Awards, where they were announced as the ‘Local Club of the Year’ with them being commending for their impressive community work and approach to inclusiveness.

“The Local Club of the Year winner is Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club. Growing from 40 members to 200 in the last four years, and with impressive community work and approach to inclusiveness, the club is a deserving winner.”
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The award is given for an outstanding amateur sports club that has made a real contribution to everyday life in the community.

 The award was present by Scottish Football Internationist Leanne Crichton and
sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris

 

Engaging The Community

In September 2021 the club held a Community Day at their Balliefields ground which was open to everyone in the local community. There was a chance to try cricket against a bowling machine, try archery, get your bike fixed, face painting, henna tattoos and enjoy some free food.

The club also introduced their new SCIO Bailliefields Community Hub (BCH) and detailed the work the club has done and it’s plans for the future. There was also an opportunity for the local community to ask questions and provide feedback on what they would like to see going forward.

The day was supported by the Asda Foundation's Bringing Communities Back Together campaign who awarded the club £1,000 towards the costs of the day.

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Running community days are an important
way to engage (and receive funding!)
Bailliefields is certainly a busy place being used by many community groups –
here is the schedule for August 2021

 

Developing the facility and transforming it into Bailliefields Community Hub SCIO
The club recently received funding and planning permission to install fully accessible modular changing rooms.

That’s part one of a two-phase project which will also see them convert their former changing facilities into a social space to become the home of Bailliefields Community Hub SCIO.

Stephen Sutton says, “The idea came about as a result of us realising that we need to build new changing rooms as they are no longer fit for purpose due to having almost 200 members, many of them female and from ethnic backgrounds.

“We decided therefore that rather than just build new changing rooms we should take the opportunity to ensure it is a building which can be used by the whole community as we are in the fortunate position of owning our own land which is just over eight acres”.

The extra rooms provide further changing facilities when mixed sex teams are playing but all rooms and the outdoor space (cricket pitch) will be utilised for community groups when no games are taking place.

Completing phase 1 will free up the existing building for Phase 2 to create the new social space. Phase 1 is fully funded with £100k awarded by sportscotland, £70k from Avondale (Landfill) and the remaining money committed by the club.

Planning for phase 2, the home of a new community hub, is underway with plans submitted for planning in October 2021. The estimated cost for these works is somewhere between £250k and £300k with the club already having secured £50k thanks to a public vote as part of Falkirk Council’s Community Choices Capital Awards.

Phase 2 will convert the old barn which houses the existing changing rooms and the adjacent shed to give BCH a home that is “a place for all”.

As the hub truly wants to make everyone welcome it will include a Changing Place. Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability. Over ¼ million people in the UK with a disability need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably. These needs are met by Changing Places toilets.

 

Future for Bailliefields Community Hub

BCH see themselves as an integral part of the community and a committed social enterprise being active members of:

  • Cricket Scotland - One trustee has recently been appointed to the Board of Cricket Scotland Holdings based on the club’s work
  • Forth Valley Social Enterprise Network
  • Sported - One trustee has recently been appointed to the Sported Members Panel to shape its future
  • SENScot
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

 

Vision and Aims

The vision is to create a place for all; one where everyone belongs and all activities have a social element to bring the community together.Bailliefields Community Hub will deliver this vision by providing opportunities for those with disabilities, promoting inclusion and equality, reducing social isolation and improving health and wellbeing while bringing the community together and providing a place to connect.

Vision

The aims of Bailliefields Community Hub are to make the local community a better place to live by addressing the following:

  • Providing opportunities to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Promoting inclusion and equality for the young and elderly.
  • Tackling social isolation and the health and wellbeing.
  • Connecting the local community and giving a sense of belonging.

 BCH are on this amazing journey and they are committed to expanding its reach and tackling inequalities within their local area, remaining a financially sustainable social enterprise. #MoreThanAClub.BCH are on this amazing journey and they are committed to expanding its reach and tackling inequalities within their local area, remaining a financially sustainable social enterprise. #MoreThanAClub.

 

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Saturday 4th September saw the hub's Community Day supported by Asda Foundation's Bringing Communities Back Together as a celebration of the hubs work in the past few years and plans for the future.

Awards

Over the past 6 years the club have won a number of awards:

  • 2021 Cricket Scotland Disability Cricket Champion Club
  • 2019 Sunday Mail / SportScotland Local Club of the Year
  • 2019 Finalist Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative
  • 2019 Cricket Scotland’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awards
  • 2016 Cricket Scotland’s Most Welcoming Cricket Club
  • 2015 Cricket Scotland’s Biggest Change Makers in Scottish Cricket

We were delighted to gain national recognition for the hard work and effort we have put in by winning the 2019 Sunday Mail / SportScotland Local Club of the year with SportScotland praising our ‘… impressive community work and approach to inclusiveness, …’.

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Partners

Over the past few years we have worked with a number of local and national groups to improve the lives of people in our local community.

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Try Something New with Alzheimer Scotland

We have developed a varied programme of recreational/physical activities for people with dementia and their family carers. Working collaboratively with Alzheimer Scotland over the past two years to promote positive community connections which has helped people to feel connected and involved in their local community.

“The Try Something New programme has given people the opportunity to participate in cricket, archery, petanque, yoga, drumming and ballroom dancing. Involvement in these activities has increased social, mental and physical well-being of the group members by valuing their contribution and increased awareness of both dementia and how to live well with the condition.”
Justine Davidson, Dementia Advisor

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1st Steps

1st Step Bikes offer bike refurbishment training courses for people affected by addiction/poor mental health as well as bikes repairs, services and monthly bike sales.

During 2021 1st Step and Bailliefields Community Hub have been working together with 1st Step running their bike refurbishment training at Bailliefields as an initial trial. In August the partnership expanded with the addition of fortnightly Bike Repair Club which offers free bike checks and repairs to everyone in the local community. We continue to explore how we can work together to improve the lives of the local community.

 

Groups and Members

After a COVID hit 2020 all our groups (and some new ones) returned for 2021 to show our largest membership yet and continued growth.

This year we had a focus on growing the number of girls and ladies connected with the club and to set up a new disability section.

2021 Members

We now have several Junior groups covering ages from 5 years old to 17 years old

Junior Groups

All Stars  Westies
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Girls Only Dynamos   Wolves
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and several groups for older members and a start of a ladies section

Other Groups

Ladies Softball Cricket   Ladies Hardball Cricket
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CricHIIT     Disability
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FUTURE - Bailliefields Community Hub

Vision

  1. Motivating disability groups and individuals to be part of an environment that is inclusive, safe and creates a sense of belonging.
  2. Encourage participation in sport and social activities of the local elderly community that will tackle isolation and loneliness.
  3. Connect the local community to the surrounding natural environment
  4. Increase and enhance inclusion for everyone regardless of circumstance, ethnicity, and social background.

Values

  1. Collaborative and Creative
  2. Innovative and Inspirational
  3. Proactive and Professional
  4. Open and Honest
  5. Passionate and Proud
  6. Trustworthy and Responsible
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Facilities

To support the planned work of both WRCC and Bailliefields Community Hub the facilities required updating and modernising.

In 2021 we have raised £220,000 towards this with a further £250,000 to go.

 Phase 1 - Fully Accessible Changing Rooms

Phase 1 is now fully funded thanks to sportscotland, Avondale (landfill) and the club. 

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 p1 3d model
 
 p1 funding

 

 Phase 2 - Home of Bailliefields Community Hub - A Place For All

Phase 2 will develop a community hall as the home of the hub and as a local community resource. This includes a Changing Place to ensure everyone feels welcome at Bailliefields Community Hub.

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 p2 Funding

Background

Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club has equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of everything it does with the newly formed Bailliefields Community Hub having this in its charity objects:

“The promotion of equality and diversity in everything we do, providing equal opportunities irrespective of age, gender, ability, and ethnicity. To remove barriers by being open and offering opportunities to all to volunteer and participate.”

The ethos of the club is to treat all equally which can be seen in the design of the new fully accessible modular changing rooms with facilities to cater for all needs and a main access path suitable for all visitors. So, when Cricket Scotland asked for applications to become a Disability Champion Club this was an obvious way to further these aims.
Over the last few years, the club has grown its support of groups that may not attend traditional mainstream activities to provide them with equal opportunities to take part in sport. The club follow a simple process to create and support programmes by firstly identifying a need then finding partner groups to jointly deliver these programmes. The club have several established programmes that will now be part of Cricket Scotland’s Disability Champion Club programme allowing these to grow and provide a competitive element.  The Enhanced Provision All Stars programme developed by WRCC in partnership with Cricket Forth Valley is now a key part of Cricket Scotland’s Disability Cricket Pathway which the club are extremely proud of.

In recognition of al the clubs hard work they were presented with Cricket Scotland’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion award in February 2020.

This followed the club gaining national recognition for their hard work and effort by winning the 2019 Sunday Mail / SportScotland Local Club of the year with SportScotland praising the clubs “‘… impressive community work and approach to inclusiveness, …”.

Programmes

Plus Forth Valley Sessions
These sessions came from speaking to one of the club’s juniors parents who was happy her daughter had so much choice with dancing and cricket but her son, who was autistic, had a lot less to get involved with and do, the club felt they wanted to see what they could do to improve this.

To equip their coaches, the club provided a Coaching Children with Autism course to ensure that the sessions provided the best experience possible. This training showed the importance of controlling noise, importance of physical demonstrations and letting the children move in and out of the session as they wanted and to ensure they felt comfortable.

The club ran three sessions tailored to the needs of the children and delivered onsite at Plus Forth Valley in a familiar, comfortable, and safe environment.

This training has proved invaluable to coaches who also run the club’s main offerings of All Stars (5-8) and Westies which are attended by children with autism and ADHD, providing a better experience for them and ensuring their continued participation in main stream activities.

 

Try Something New – Alzheimer Scotland
A relative of one of the club’s Directors was diagnosed with Alzheimer so they investigated activities available to them and found several things they could do in Glasgow but a similar search in Falkirk did not return very much.

To see how the club could help they reached out to Alzheimer Scotland and started working with the local dementia advisor. A one-off trial with cricket and archery was held in November 2018 with fantastic feedback from all who attended.

In January 2019 the Try Something New Group was formed and ran by the club with marketing and links to local people living with dementia provided by Alzheimer Scotland.

Activities done by the group to date include:

  • Cricket
  • Archery
  • Ball Room Dancing
  • Italian
  • Photography
  • Dementia Dogs
  • Petanque
  • Indoor Curling
  • Tennis
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Drumming
  • Chair Yoga
  • Tai Chi

The club have reached out to other community groups to support the programme including Laurieston Tennis Club and Laurieston Bowls Club.

In 2019 the club were nominated for the Best D

ementia Friendly Community Initiative award at the Scottish Dementia Awards.

From all the entries the group were selected as one of only three finalists and invited to attend the awards ceremony to help celebrate the achievements of those outstanding individuals, groups and organisations making a difference for people living with dementia and their families across health, social service, and community settings.

The awards took place at the Raddison Blue Hotel in Glasgow with the club hiring a minibus to take some of the group’s members, two directors of the club and two employees of Alzheimer Scotland to the event.

Although the group did not win everyone was extremely proud of being chosen as a finalist in the group’s first year!

“It has been really rewarding to see the personal development of those who took part in the activities displaying their strengths, potential and willingness to learn new skills. Some members have gained such pleasure from some of the activities that they wish to pursue some of these activities out with the session, and I know at least one member who has downloaded a yoga app onto their phone.”
Justine Davidson, Dementia Advisor

For 2021 a partnership with Physio Led Pilates, a club sponsor, will see them deliver sessions for the group later in the year.

 

Table Cricket- Forth Valley Disability Sports

Table cricket is well established in England with the finals of the national competition being held at Lords Cricket Ground. Within Scotland there were sessions being run in areas such as Perth but nothing in the Forth Valley.

The club investigated running sessions and purchased a table cricket set and sourced a table tennis table. Contact was made with Graham Harvey of Forth Valley Disability Sports as an established provider of activities for disabled people.

Graham loved the game which allows people with varying disabilities to play together along with able bodied people. It was added to Forth Valley Disability sports regular sessions and delivered by the club in conjunction with Cricket Scotland.
Table cricket will be an integral feature of the clubs new Disability Section as part of its work as a Cricket Scotland Disability Champion Club.

 

Enhanced Provision All Stars

One of the club’s coaches does not work on a Friday and was keen to provide opportunities for children not attending the club’s mainstream activities. In consultation with Falkirk’s Active Schools Disability co-ordinator a link was made to Easter Carmuirs Enhanced Provision class.

The Enhanced Provision class is attended by children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or autism and they initially took part in a four-week programme as an introduction to cricket using the clubs All Stars kit.

All the children really enjoyed the sessions, but the club did not want it to just stop. Working with Cricket Scotland and All Stars the school was set up as an All Stars centre which meant that the school got its own equipment so they can always play cricket.

The club gave up its share of the cost (rrp £40) with Beyond Boundaries supplying funding and the remaining cost was covered from the schools PEF funding (Pupil Equity Funding is additional funding allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap).

This meant that there was no cost to the families with all 12 of the children receiving their own hat, t-shirt (with name), rucksack, bat, and ball.

“The funding available to subsidise the program enabled us to sign up all our pupils and get them involved. This would not have been possible if it were not subsidised”
Debbie Campbell, Enhanced Provision Teacher, Easter Carmuirs

The 8 All Stars sessions were delivered by the club and Cricket Scotland and the kids all loved it! The teachers also noticed behaviour improvements and hand/eye co-ordination improvements over the sessions.

“Parents have been very positive with many of them reporting that their child is using their first kit at home. The All Stars programme was delivered by excellent coaches who understood the needs of our pupils and really invested in them. Our pupils would find it extremely challenging to access mainstream class due to their additional needs, so this opportunity has been fantastic for them. We would recommend All Stars to other Enhanced Provision.”
Debbie Campbell, Enhanced Provision Teacher, Easter Carmuirs

At the end of the eight weeks the All Stars each received a certificate and medal to congratulate them on their hard work and fun they had during the programme.
The medals and certificates were presented by club Director & Coach Stephen Sutton and Kevin Taylor a trustee of Cricket Forth Valley SCIO.

In August 2020 when schools in Scotland returned after the first lockdown the first thing the EP class asked to do was to go outside and play cricket!

Enhanced Provision All Stars is now part of Cricket Scotland’s Disability Pathway.

SCIO

Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club (WRCC) are a progressive and inclusive social enterprise who demonstrate a clear desire to make a difference within their community, using sport as a tool to create positive impact. 

Based at Bailliefields in Falkirk, they have around 200 members. Always on the front foot, they have developed and delivered a variety of successful programmes in response to identified need.In addition to their strength in identifying and addressing social issues, they also have a strong financial acumen and have created secure and diverse income streams. They operate a social enterprise model, which is financially sustainable and independent, which allows them to invest any profits into tackling social issues they wish to address within their community and not always be bound by deliverables attached to grants from funding bodies.

 

Background

WRCC were founded as a cycling and cricket club after a meeting of local residents in 1908. Cricket is their primary sport and over the years they have worked hard to grow their  membership, increase the number of teams and deliver modified versions of the game to make cricket accessible to all. They engaged with their community and formed partnerships to grow their club and help ensure its future survival. In doing so they became aware that they should make their club more attractive to members of the community and remove obstacles to participation – whether that be in cricket or other physical and social activities.

 

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Financing Activities

Situated between areas in the most deprived 20% as per the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), the club serves these communities making sure that cost isn’t a barrier.
They own their facilities and in 2013 recognised the need for a children’s nursery in the area, which could leverage the farmhouse and make them self-sufficient. The old extension was demolished, and a new purpose-built extension was added to the already renovated sandstone farmhouse to create a nursery building. This is now leased by Glenbervie Kindergarden and has provided a secure income stream as well as employing 14 people from the local community and bringing an additional weekly footfall of 600 people to the site.

 

Becoming A Community Interest Company

In 2017 they began to consider their legal structure, primarily to reduce the liability of the membership and to ensure the assets of WRCC were protected. Having a secure income and funds being generated, they incorporated as a community interest company (CIC) in 2018. This introduced an asset lock over the facility - any surplus profits must be reinvested into the club for the benefit of the community and should the assets be sold, profits would have to be reinvested with another like-minded organisation. While thinking about their legal structure, they also reflected on some of their most recent work delivering a range of activities to community groups. Directors noted their aspirations to increase the work they were doing to reduce inequalities and create a positive social impact, ultimately achieving charitable status in future. They realised that they were operating a social enterprise model and began to recognise themselves as a social enterprise, subscribing to The Voluntary Code for Social Enterprise in Scotland. They became a member of SENScot and the Sport SEN and continued developing their work in the community, charitable purpose and enterprising activities. Operating as a social enterprise enables them to be financially independent and choose how they invest any profits for the benefit of their community. They also feel that it helps to create goodwill locally as it’s clear that they are delivering more than just sport, and this has increased interest from volunteers and sponsors.

 

Developing Community Programmes Using Sport & Physical Activity

They have formed several partnerships and work closely with theThey have formed several partnerships and work closely with thefollowing:

  • Children and young people:
    • Local community schools – delivering cricket sessions; CricHIIT(designed for girls using high intensity interval training and cricket drills); Enhanced Provision All Stars for children with learning and physical disabilities (now being rolled out acrossScotland by Cricket Scotland).
    • Thriving Junior Section (Westies 7 – 10) and Wolves (11+)
  • People with Mental Health conditions
    • FDAMH delivered Mental Health First Aid training and SAMH have delivered anevent focusing on mental health
  • Ethnic minority groups.
    • Including supporting Al Masaar’s EID in the Park
  • 1st Steps
    • Deliver courses which teach people recoveringfrom alcohol and drug addition how to repair bikes. They will runtheir Dr Bike clinic at the club where local residents can bringtheir bikes to the club and either have them repaired or by taught how to repair them themselves, free of charge.
  • People with Dementia:
    • Alzheimer’s Scotland – provide a variety of sessions to people with dementia including cricket, archery, petanque, tai chi, Italian, yoga and ball room dancing amongst others
  • People with Disabilities:
    • Disability organisations – delivering table cricket; modified cricket; coach development including forpeople with autism. They have now become 1 of only 3 Disability Cricket Champion Clubs in Scotland

 

Next Steps on the Journey

Achieving Charitable Status

Having worked hard over the years to develop as a cricket club,ensure their financial sustainability and then expand their offering across their community, WRCC achieved charitable status in February 2021 and is now a recognised SCIO - although will continue to recognise themselves as a social enterprise.

The main reasons for becoming a SCIO:

  • Corporation Tax Exemptions
  • Access to more funders
  • Diverse community work now meets the charity test

In doing so, they have changed their name to Bailliefields Community Hub SCIO which they feel reflects their wider community and socialpurpose.

 

Facility Redevelopment

They have been developing a new facility project to turn their currentchanging facilities into a community hub.The redevelopment is split into two phases. Phase 1 creates the new accessible modular changing rooms with associated groundworks which frees up the existing building for Phase 2 to create the new social space. Phase 1 is fully funded with £100k awarded by sportscotland, £70k from Landfill and £39k committed by the club.

Phase 2 will follow - planning permission has been applied for andPhase 2 will follow - planning permission has been applied for and work is underway to secure funding for the £250k required to give the hub a social home. Landfill and the hub will again be contributing towards this phase with further funding being sought from the Robertson Trust, Postcode Lottery, National Lottery, Falkirk Counciland Schools Charity Board.

The new Hub will offermore space to deliver their programmes and they are committed to expanding their reach and tackling inequalitieswithin their local area,remaining a financially sustainable social enterprise.

WESTQUARTER AND REDDING CRICKET CLUB SET TO BENEFIT FROM SPORT FACILITIES FUNDING

It’s celebration time for more clubs, communities and leisure trusts across Scotland as they receive a share of over £900,000 of investment in the latest round of awards from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund.

Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club will benefit from £100,000 of investment and ongoing support from sportscotland to realise their ambitions of improving access to sport and physical activity in their local area. This investment is made possible thanks to National Lottery players, who raise £30 million each week for good causes across the UK.

This award-winning club already plays a significant role in the lives of the local community, having been recognised for its work on inclusion and diversity. This project will enable the club to install more appropriate changing facilities which will enable them to further develop women and girls’ cricket and attract more minority ethnic members, as well as developing their youth and disability cricket sections.

The existing barn will be converted to a social space allowing the club to develop their existing and aspirational community engagement programmes.

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mairi Gougeon, said:

“This latest investment from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund will help make a real impact in communities across Scotland. Over the last year we have seen the vital role sport and physical activity has played in supporting our communities to stay connected and be more active.

I’m pleased to hear that more projects are benefitting from this latest round of funding which will support local projects to ensure more diverse and inclusive opportunities are available in communities whilst increasing access to sport for all.”

In total, £903,686 will be shared by 11 projects across 10 different local authorities in Scotland from East Lothian to the Shetland Islands. The investment will support clubs and communities in their aim to improve access to sport in their local community and to deliver sustainable projects.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said:

“It is fantastic to see the ambition and commitment from the people behind these projects who are working together to improve the lives of their local communities.

We know that sport and physical activity can play a part in Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19. Facilities like these will not only allow more people to participate but can also provide a place for communities to come together and support one another as we work our way out of these challenging times.

“It’s important to recognise that without National Lottery players this level of investment simply would not be possible so we must say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket.”

Stephen Sutton, Director Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club C.I.C, welcomed the investment:

"We are delighted to receive this funding from sportscotland after spending the last six years growing the club from 35 members to now over 200. In addition, we have had an increasing focus on supporting our local community, working with groups such as Alzheimer Scotland, Forth Valley Disability Sports and Plus Forth Valley, providing opportunities to people who may not be part of mainstream activities.

The new fully accessible modular changing rooms will allow us to grow our disability section as well as providing suitable facilities for our mixed gender and mutli-cultural members.

The Community Hub element has been over two years in planning to design facilities that deliver our sporting and community ambitions while factoring in available capital funding. This money will allow us to kick off Phase 1 giving a tremendous boost for all associated with the club, and giving deserved recognition to the years of hard work by the Directors, who I would personally like to thank for their efforts."

The sportscotland Sport Facilities Fund makes awards for capital projects designed to create or improve the places where people take part in sport and physical activity.

Priority is given to projects that widen access to participation or allow people to progress further within their chosen sport locally by removing barriers, particularly for under-represented groups, and in rural areas or areas of deprivation.

Projects are encouraged to engage with sportscotland’s facilities team at the earliest stage to ensure that their plans will have the greatest impact, make the most of the available investment and continue to meet the needs of their local communities in the future.

Since April 2007, sportscotland has invested over £192 million of Scottish Government and National Lottery funding to help sports clubs, community groups, local authorities, sport’s governing bodies and other organisations deliver new and upgraded sporting facilities across the country.

 Local MSP Angus MacDonald

Today is the final day of business in Parliament before the election, which also means I’ll no longer be able to submit motions congratulating local success stories, so I was lucky to squeeze this one in this afternoon. Congrats to Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club who have been engaging well with their local community and have some exciting development plans:

Motion Number: S5M-24463
Lodged By: Angus MacDonald
Date Lodged: 24/03/2021
Title: Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club Secures £100,000 Sport Facilities Funding