The initial contact that led to this project started back in February 2019 when Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club (WRCC) were looking at ways to increase the number of volunteer coaches to support their growing junior section. Stephen Sutton from WRCC reached out to CVS and started a conversation with Lynsey Hansford (Development Officer - Improving Employability through Volunteering, CVS) about volunteer placements and opportunities for people not ready to join the workforce yet. The club completed the appropriate forms and underwent a Health and Safety review, but this initial contact come to nothing as the person identified by CVS then committed to other projects.

Over the next two years WRCC continued to grow their junior cricket programme and increase their provision of other community activities such as disability cricket and Try Something New, a group in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland, providing activities for people living with dementia and their family carers.

 In 2019 the club were nominated for the Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative by Alzheimer Scotland 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. Although the group did not win everyone was extremely proud of being chosen as a finalist in the group’s first year!

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In early 2021 WRCC became Bailliefields Community Hub SCIO (BCH) to recognise the rise of community work and partnerships the club were doing with cricket still a large part of the new hub under WRCC.

During this same time Falkirk Council were running local meetings to gain knowledge and insight of local communities to help them better understand how their buildings – and the services provided in them – can meet community needs, now and in the future.

At one of these meetings in March 2021, which was discussing using schools more for activities, Stephen suggested working with schools to provide real world volunteering opportunities which struck a chord with Lynsey from CVS who was also on the call. Lynsey got it contact to say that CVS had been looking into this with Developing Young Workforce (DYW) as a possibility with Braes High School before the Pandemic.

Lynsey suggested a meeting of all parties as WRCC also had strong links with Braes High School.  Both from supporting their Sports Leaders and having a lot of juniors attend the school as it is located close to the WRCC/BCH ground.

In September 2021 Karen Wright (DYW) got back in touch with Lynsey to discuss this piece of work as things started to return to business as usual and Lynsey was keen to pilot this with one keen school, probably Braes High School, and one community group or organisation. This would allow the project to demonstrate impact and learning, as well as allowing it to demonstrate the benefits to other schools who might not have considered something like this before.

At the end of September 2021 Karen (DYW), Lynsey (CVS) and Stephen (WRCC/BCH) met to discuss how to take this further. Everyone agreed it was a great idea and provided benefits to all parties involved.

Shortly after the school holidays Karen confirmed the good news that the DYW team at Braes High School (Tom Holt and Graeme Bell) would be delighted to meet with WRCC/BCH to explore in more detail some of the areas that had previously been discussed. Being close to the students Tom and Graeme obviously knew the type of engagement that would have most impact for their pupils and hopefully a partnership could be established for mutual benefit

Tom was excited to make links with a local club like WRCC/BCH and looked forward to doing more together when the WRCC/BCH building works are completed, and the Hub is fully open. He felt that this would be brilliant to develop this partnership further to allow for even more opportunities for the community’s Young People.

In fact, Tom and Graeme had already had interest from some Braes High School pupils keen to explore the Health Care opportunities previously discussed and they were keen to get the chance to work with people with dementia.  

In late October Stephen (WRCC/BCH) visited Braes High School to discuss this opportunity with Tom Holt which resulted in

  • Agreement that three senior pupils would volunteer during the Try Something New sessions on Monday 29th November and Monday 13th December
  • Contact Braes HS Faculty Head of English and Media, and Faculty Head of Technologies about developing further partnerships and creating promotional materials
  • Contact Braes HS Faculty Head of Health and Wellbeing about potentially arranging cricket coaching sessions and extracurricular opportunities

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In early November 2021 all the paperwork for the work placements for the three S6 girls was completed, and they attended their first session on Monday 29th November with WRCC’s Women & Girl’s sponsor Farid Travels providing a minibus to transport them to and from the session.

The girls helped organise the session and chatted to all the attendees as they provided them with Tea and Coffee. They also took part in the indoor curling and croquet. The feedback from the attendees after this session was fantastic and the girls seemed to give the group a boost and more energy. TSN and Braes4

 

The girls returned for their agreed second session on Monday 13th December to take part in Ballroom Dancing and Target Golf.

It was great to see the relationships the girls were already building with people attending and the interest the attendees were taking in the girls and their future plans.

The feedback was again fantastic with Stephen from WRCC/BCH contacting Iain Livingstone (Head of Braes High School) to commend the girls on their attitude and being a credit to the school.

“The girls from Braes High School at the dancing/curling day were very friendly and engaged with members of the dementia group by serving us refreshments and joining in with the activities.  I thought they gave a good account of themselves and represented their school very well.”

“It has been great fun having the pupils from Braes High School with us during our sessions. They are so keen to join in and learn something new with us. It seems to add a lot of enthusiasm to all concerned.”

“Good news about Braes High School. I think it has made a good difference to our sessions, having the young folk joining in and fitting in with us well. Such delightful girls and a great example of their generation. I hope they win the award. They deserve it. “
Try Something New group attendees

After these session CVS nominated the project for an Intergenerational Award and the project will be promoted as part of Global Intergenerational Week (25th April – 1st May) with Kerry Kennedy (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, CVS Falkirk) saying

Such a lovely email to receive on a Friday afternoon! The ‘Try Something New’ project itself is incredible and simply shows the role sport plays in enhancing the lives of those within the local community. However, this has been taken to another level by introducing the young volunteers from Braes HS and is an excellent example of how intergenerational work can create more cohesive communities which I hope can be replicated in other areas as Lynsey mentioned.

There are so many benefits to this type of intergenerational work for both generations including social engagement, cognitive stimulation, and improved communication. It allows people to develop a better understanding and respect between generations by bringing different generations together in a purposeful way.”

Two of the girls enjoyed it so much and felt they were greatly benefitting from the experience that they returned in February and March 2022, much to the delighted of the attendees.

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February 2022 Chair Yoga

February 2022 Petanque

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March 2022 Tennis

 

With exams coming up the girls are taking a break to concentrate on their studies but have promised the group they will be back in June!

All parties involved in the project are rightly happy with the positive outcomes and benefits for all those involved.

“Building a strong community partnership with your local school should not be underestimated. Not only will you get to prepare and inspire school pupils to gain the skills they need for the world of work, but your business and members can also flourish. Young people can bring a different perspective with new ideas and may become your volunteers/employees of the future.  This partnership supports the Young Person’s Guarantee and is making a huge difference to everyone involved. We are looking forward to watching this partnership develop.”
Karen Wright, Programme Co-ordinator, DYW Forth Valley 

“It really is wonderful to hear these young volunteers have made such an impact and enriched the experience for the attendees.From our point of view, it’s really important to celebrate and promote the great work done here as I think this is a model that can easily be replicated with other HSs and local community organisations, allowing even more young people to benefit!”
Lynsey Hansford, Development Officer, CVS Falkirk 

“The opportunity to work with an Alzheimer’s based group really stood out to me as a fantastic opportunity for our young people, especially those who have an interest in the Healthcare and/or Social Care industry.
I hoped the young people would get valuable experience of working with this group which was very likely to be a rewarding experience for them, especially as they built relationships with the participants involved in the group. I also wanted them to represent the school, and their generation to break down any perceived barriers that may exist.
I was surprised how quickly they were able to build strong relationships with participants from the group and about how highly they spoke of the experience after the first session. It’s a great opportunity to work with a group of people you would otherwise not get the chance to work with. You will be in a very supportive environment which will allow you to develop numerous skills that are transferable to the working world. I am looking forward to developing this partnership further and look forward to more young people being involved with this group in the future”
Tom Holt (Pupil Support & PE Teacher, Braes High School)

“We have really enjoyed having Skye, Rachel and Ellie come and join us at our Try Something New group, which is a monthly physical activity group run by Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club and Alzheimer Scotland for people living with dementia and their family carers to attend. The girls have come along now to a few sessions and our members very much enjoy and look forward to their enthusiasm, encouragement, and team spirit that the girls bring to the group. I hope their work with us will be recognised at the intergenerational award as they would certainly be well deserving winners and are very much now established members at the Try Something New group!”
Justine Nicolson (Local Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland)

“We saw this as a great opportunity and something that we were all interested in. With one of us wanting to be a nurse, one a physio and the other work to work in science this was the perfect opportunity for us to expand our knowledge and experience which will further prepare us for our future careers where we will be working with a wide range of people with different needs. We hoped that we would be able to educate ourselves on Alzheimer’s and how it is managed and what affect it has on day-to-day life. This is something that we found very important and we’re very passionate about wanting to understand. This experience definitely helped our understanding of dementia as well as greatly improving our communication skills while building relationships.

We found that it was a great experience and something that we are extremely grateful to be able to be a part of and met so many nice people. This is something that we were meant to do twice but ended up going back multiple times due to how much we enjoyed it and how welcoming everyone from the group was.

We really enjoy doing a range of different activities and that each time we came in we were doing something different; by doing this we were able to become more adaptable in different settings and were able to bond, improve confidence and make the groups enjoy their day more. As well as have more fun ourselves trying a range of different activities while working with the group.

I would say to others that are taking part that it is a great opportunity for them to get involved that they will definitely enjoy especially those who are going into healthcare as it is so important to work with people that have different needs. This opportunity is a really eye-opening experience and allows you to work with a group of people and help you to become more adaptable and become more understanding.

We would like to say thank you to the group for having us and for how welcoming and friendly they all are. We learned so much from the experience and it has prepared us greatly for our future careers and we feel as if we have improved so many skills and as well as improved our understanding that we will use throughout.”
Rachel, Skye and Ellie (S6 Pupils, Braes High School)

“The road to get there took a while but even a Pandemic couldn’t derail the desire to offer meaningful experiences to the young people in our community and to help them prepare for their future careers. The success of this project has only spurred us on to promote this to other groups and schools as well as to increase the opportunities we can offer. We have now pledged our support to Young Person’s Guarantee and aim to support more people in a wider range of activities in the coming months.
Stephen Sutton (Chair & Trustee, Bailliefields Community Hub)

 

Written By
Stephen Sutton
Chair & Trustee, Bailliefields Community Hub

 With thanks to 

 CVS  DYW  BraesHS

This year (2022) will see the formation of a female section as part of Bailliefields Community Hub after a couple of years of promotion and focusing on female participation.

There is a schedule of events and sessions planned with females within the club leading the way but the shape and direction of the female section is there to be set.

 On March 8th at 8:30pm we will be kicking off the planning for the year with a Zoom meeting to discussed the planned Women's Day at the Hub in May. If you would like to get involved please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 There are already events planned on the cricket and social fitness side and if you would like more informaiton please get in touch by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CricHIIT

Any women or girls can try our CricHIIT social fitness programme on Friday's 6pm to 7pm at Grangemouth High School up to 8th April. After the 8th of April it will be outside at Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club.

  • for any female from 12 years upwards
  • Runs all year
  • initially at Grangemouth High School before moving outdoors at the club in mid April.
  • Lots of fun in a relaxed social atmosphere, just ask the people who came along to the taster sessions last year!
  • Cost is only £2.50 per 1 hour session. 
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If you would like more information or to come along please use the email address above.

 

Women & Girls Softball/Hardball Cricket

Starting in May we will be running cricket coaching for women and girls of all ages and abilities at Westquarter & Redding Crick Club 7pm to 8pm on a Friday night.

This is a chance for all women and girls to come along and have a go or continue development for those already in our coaching programme.

A chance to try cricket in a fun and relaxed enviroment with the option to play either social Softball cricket or be part of our developing women's hardball team, the choice is yours!

We will be looking to take part in Cricket Scotland's Wee Bash later in the year where we will host a couple of other women and girls team for fun and social games of softball cricket.

Please get in touch using the email address above for more details.

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There is a lot happening and we would love you to be involved in shaping the direction of Bailliefields Community Hub!

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

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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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 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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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 –
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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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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.