Cheshire Cricket Board is committed to supporting and creating more cricketing opportunities for members of diverse communities throughout the County. The CCB Communities (Urban) Action Plan highlights the wide range of activities with which the Board is currently engaged and our plans to deliver growth and sustainability across all programmes.
We are proud to introduce Rehaan Rather – Cheshire Cricket Board’s first Community Development and Coaching Officer. Rehaan is responsible for overseeing the Urban Action Plan. Read more about some of the exciting initiatives Cheshire Cricket Board is involved with below.
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Community Indoor League Winter 2023
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North Bangladeshi Cricket Association
PLAYERS and supporters of the North Bangladesh Cricket Association (NBCA) descended on Hyde Town Hall last month to celebrate the success of their inaugural season.
Formed earlier this year, the NBCA featured nine teams from Bangladeshi communities in Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire with matches running from May until September.
Bredbury St Marks CC in Cheshire was one of the host venues, with local team Hyde Boys CC enjoying a successful season.
Backed by the Cheshire Cricket Board and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Cricket Foundations, the NBCA represents is a ‘first of its kind’ initiative to support and create more cricketing chances for members of the Bangladeshi community.
Speaking at the end of season awards, Cheshire Cricket Board Communities Manager Rehaan Rather said: “It was fantastic to be present for this event and to see so many teams and individuals collect awards for their performances over the season.
“We are very much committed to supporting the NBCA and to providing more opportunities across Cheshire. By working directly with role models from within the Bangladeshi community, this enables us to extend our reach and give even more young people the opportunity to pick up a bat and ball.”
In addition to the competitive fixture programme, the NBCA have supported the personal development of some of their members, with a number of players working towards ECB coaching qualifications this summer. NBCA chairman Mahmudar Rubel Rahman won the ECB Grass Roots Connecting Communities Award for his contribution to the All Stars Cricket programme at Millennium Park in Hyde.
Mahmudur said: “It has been a fantastic season for North Bangladeshi Cricket Association both on and off the field. I would really like to thank Cheshire Cricket Board for all their help and support.
“We hope we can continue to provide more cricket opportunities in the Cheshire area. I thoroughly enjoyed the All Stars & Dynamos sessions and the icing on the cake was winning the Connecting Communities Award.”
Humayun Islam BEM, CEO from BEAP Community Partnership and a non executive director at Lancashire Cricket was the master of ceremonies at the end of season awards. He was keen to underline the importance of working together to secure a brighter future.
Humayun said: “I would like to thank Cheshire Cricket Board, and Rehaan Rather in particular, for all his support of the NBCA – it has truly inspired more cricket in the community. I can only see the NBCA grow with the support of CCB and it’s going to be another brilliant season of cricket next year.”
Manchester Originals visit Cheadle
Cheshire Cricket Board coaches and professionals from Manchester Originals combined to deliver a fun-filled activity session at Cheadle Mosque.
The session at Cheadle Masjid on Wilmslow Road formed part of the Manchester Hundred team’s community outreach work and was attended by more than 30 children and their parents.
England leg-spinner Matt Parkinson was one of four Originals stars in attendance as he was joined by Paul Walter, Mahika Gaur and Cordelia Griffith.
Participants from the Mosque got the opportunity to bat against the four professionals and take part in a Q&A session, while the Originals also gave out some free merchandise to all those taking part.
Cheshire Cricket Board Community Development and Coaching Manager Rehaan Rather helped to coordinate the event and he was delighted by both the turn-out and how the session was received.
Rehaan said: “This was an amazing opportunity for Manchester Originals to visit Cheadle Mosque and to speak to participants from diverse communities and see how much love for cricket they have.
“The professional players were brilliant and they really connected with the children as well as the parents who were watching from the sidelines. The passion for cricket within the communities is as big as it has ever been, and it was great that the children were able to ask some questions and seek advice on how to progress within cricket.
Rehaan added: “Cheshire Cricket is very much looking forward to working closely with Cheadle Mosque in future to provide support and guidance to encourage more children from within the community to pick up a bat and ball.”
Hamayoun Choudry from Cheadle Mosque said: “It was fantastic to have the Manchester Originals players visit us and take part in a session with our children.
“This was an amazing session run by Cheshire Cricket as it got everyone involved, even some parents couldn’t help but join in! There is so much passion for cricket amongst South Asian communities and we are really looking forward to building a greater relationship with Cheshire Cricket and get more of our young children involved in cricket at all levels.
“The players who answered questions at the end were brilliant with the children and they even stayed behind to sign autographs which we really appreciated.”
All Stars & Dynamos Cricket
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Cheshire Cricket Board are excited to announce a ‘first of its kind’ initiative to support and create more cricketing chances for members of the Bangladeshi community.
The North Bangladeshi Cricket Association (NBCA) was launched earlier this month (May 2022) thanks to support from Lancashire Cricket Foundation, Yorkshire Cricket Board and Cheshire Cricket Board.
As part of the initiative, a new NBCA cricket league has been formed showcasing nine Bangladeshi teams from across the three counties. Matches get underway from Monday 16th May, with Bredbury St Marks CC acting as a host venue for the Cheshire-based teams.
Cheshire Cricket Board Community Development Officer Rehaan Rather was among the guest speakers at the launch event at Bradford’s Prestige Hall. Rehaan has played a key role in securing Cheshire’s involvement in the scheme and is now looking forward to the fixture programme.
He said: “It was fantastic to be invited to Bradford for last week’s launch and to feel the sense of excitement in the room for this new initiative.
“I got to speak with many people from the Bangladeshi community and heard some amazing insights into what motivates them to play the game and the tremendous efforts they make to do so.
“We (Cheshire Cricket) are very pleased to be able to support the new league and we look forward to watching it grow over the coming. We are committed to working with diverse communities and ensuring there is a pathway for everyone to experience cricket.”
Humayun Islam BEN, CEO from BEAP Community Partnership, said: “It’s really exciting – it’s been a bit of a dream and it’s come to a reality with all these teams coming together.
“It’s creating opportunities and it’s fantastic to have Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire all on board and having NBCA created.”
The nine teams that will make up the league are: Bengal Tigers Bradford Cricket Club, Hyde Boys Cricket Club, Rochdale Tigers Cricket Club, Coldhurst Cricket Club, Chadderton Cricket Club. Also showcased are Oldham United Cricket Club, Oldham Lions Cricket Club, Oldham King Riders Cricket Club and Westwood Cricket Club.
Gareth Moorhouse, Clubs and Participation Manager for Cheshire Cricket Board, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to collaborate with our neighbours at Lancashire and with Yorkshire Cricket too, but more importantly this is about providing a springboard for the NBCA to thrive.
“Out thanks go to Bredbury St Marks for agreeing to become a host venue. We know the players are sure to receive a warm welcome from Geoff Mountford and the team. It promises to be a very exciting summer for all involved.”
In addition to the new league, the NBCA hope to provide development opportunities for players by running ECB Foundation 1 and Core Coach (Level 2) coaching courses, while there are also ambitions for a player and coaching exchange with teams in Bangladesh. The initiative will also have a focus on youth development and engaging female members of the Bangladeshi community.
Mr Islam added: “We are creating opportunities for people may not have opportunities. Playing cricket offers escapism – it brings them that opportunity and what better way to put a smile on your face through cricket.
“For the future we are looking at a much-expanded vision of the NBCA and we hope it continues to grow and grow.”