Founded in 1823 Sidmouth Cricket Club is one of Devon's best known clubs. It was here, in 1875, that Somerset County Cricket Club was formed. The club's main ground at the Fortfield is very attractive overlooking the sea and within touching distance of the esplanade and the town centre.
Founder members of the Devon Cricket League, the Club has three sides playing throughout the league season. The 1st XI compete in the Devon 1st XI Premier Division, the 2nd XI in the Devon 2nd XI Premier Division and the 3rd XI are in the 2nd XI B Division. As well as Saturday League fixtures, the Club hosts Sunday and Midweek friendlies. The club has a very active Colts section with about 100 youngsters between 8 and 15 years attending each week, supported by qualified coaches. Each age group plays competitively in the excellent East Devon Youth League.
The Devon Minor County side also stage both one and three day matches on the ground. Various other Devon age group sides also use the ground..
The club also has a new second ground at Newton Poppleford, a few miles out of town. It is an excellent facility which the club's grounds man and staff have responsibility to maintain.
Adult training takes place every Wednesday, starting at 6.00pm, throughout the season and Colts & Girls training takes place each Friday, starting from 4.45pm, until the end of July.
New members of all ages are more than welcome. For further information please feel free to visit our main website (www.sidmouthcricketclub.co.uk).
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark