Sport In Profile UK Issue 17 - Page 20

Droitwich Spa FOLLOW US ONLINE Droitwich Spa D Cricket Club roitwich Spa CC is a fine example of the important role that a club can play in their local community. Sport in Profile Magazine recently caught up with their Karl Goddard who is the club’s 2nd team captain, lead coach and welfare officer. Involvement He told us, “I was introduced to DSCC by some friends who were already playing and sold the club and its excellent playing and practice facilities to me. Twenty years later, I’m still here and having played for the first team for many years, I’m now second team captain and lead coach and now watching my 11-year-old son, Leo, start out on his cricketing journey with the club too.” The Role “As lead coach, it’s fantastic to see the youngsters that my fellow coaches and I have trained enjoy their cricket whilst developing and improving their skills. Nothing beats watching players fulfil their potential by scoring runs and taking wickets in junior cricket and then progressing into adult cricket to continue their love of the game. Indeed this season, there were more than 200 appearances by under 16s in our senior teams with these youngsters contributing over 1,600 runs and taking in excess of 150 wickets which bodes well for the future. The most challenging is developing a clear cricket development plan/ strategy for players to follow and then implementing the plan through the different age groups to achieve success/ enjoyment.” Success “On the playing side, Droitwich Seconds won the Worcestershire County League Division 2 2nd XI title this season and achieved the club’s aim of promotion. Whilst it’s never easy to keep all the players happy and maintain a settled side, it was just brilliant to 20 Issue 17 see the camaraderie, team spirit and determination amongst all those selected over the course of the season.” Atmosphere “I would say the mood here is mixed but highly optimistic. The firsts were relegated but had an encouraging end to the season with several wins under new captain Ian Cottrill, whilst the seconds were crowned champions. Our thirds and fourths continue to provide a platform for our juniors to experience senior cricket for the first team. Indeed our youth section is currently 170-strong and features various boys’ and girls’ teams from under 9s through to under 17s, which has created a superb social atmosphere amongst parents particularly at Friday night junior practice when the clubhouse is buzzing.”