The R66T Academy is delighted to endorse the Fred Trueman State School Cricket League. We recognise the importance of seeing hardball cricket in our state sector schools as this is such a key pathway into a lifelong involvement in our wonderful game.
This year there are 78 U13 and U15 teams entered into the competition along with 4 representative girls teams. This means that as a result of this wonderful initiative almost 1000 state school children in Northamptonshire and the Eastern regions of England will play some competitive hard ball cricket for their school.
Beautiful Kimbolton School will host the finals where there will be four U13, four U15 and four girls county sides competing for the honours.The R66T Academy looks forward to seeing the lucky qualifiers on Thursday 14th July for a fantastic day of school cricket.
The Cricket Society Trust is a great supporter of the League and has over the years helped finance the regular donations and support from the Trustees.
Covid-19 has proved difficult for the Fred Trueman State Schools League. But a ‘can do’ philosophy of Cricket East’s Damianne Redpath, Will Sneath and Northants Cricket Board, Matt Long, have overcome the issues with a re-launch for the 2022 league; they have managed to sign up teams from schools as far north as Spalding in Lincolnshire and south in Luton, Bedfordshire.
The league is the brain child of the late Fred Trueman MBE and Geoff Hastings. Geoff has recently won awards for encouraging children to play cricket, he has been responsible for introducing hard ball cricket to thousands of children free of any charge. Fred and Geoff got together originally to raise money for hard ball cricket kits, costing £500 per team, to supply to over 200 school teams from Scunthorpe to Luton. In 2022 the League is still donating kits to schools and also providing coaching. This effort then developed to setting up the state school leagues and financing them. Just after the League started David Steele, the President of the league, was heard to say to Sir Geoffrey Boycott at a fund-raising lunch in Stamford, “This Fred Trueman league has done more than most, to get children to play cricket in state secondary schools”. Sir Geoffrey Boycott supported the league by finding a gap in his busy schedule to give his time free at the fund raising lunch, as have many ex first class cricketers.
In 2022 money has been raised by The Cricket Society Trust to fund the league to help with kit, shirts, logistics and administration cost etc. Special rules will be available, if Covid is prevalent in the teams; it will allow teachers/coaches to drop the team numbers playing from the usual traditional 11-a-side teams to a minimum of 8 a side. 78 schools teams with over 900 children will be playing cricket in about 440 games of cricket over the summer term. All children are able to play in the leagues completely free of charge in ‘After-School clubs’.
To persuade teams back to cricket, the league has instituted a new competition for the overall winners of the 4 areas – Northants, South Lincolnshire, Peterborough & Huntingdon, Bedfordshire and a representative girls’ competition from each area. By kind permission of Kimbolton School on 14th July, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Cricket Festival will be held; these regional finals will be held with nine games of cricket being played on the day; there will be games for the Under-13s, Under15s and girls, to choose the ultimate 3 winning teams of the whole area. A special minted Jubilee coin will be given to the best bowler, best batter and best overall performance from all age groups. Together with cups and providing medals for all participants. R66T Joe Root’s Academy is putting on a competition in the nets with bowling machines at the Jubilee Festival on July 14th at Kimbolton School, any budding cricketer 16 and under is invited.
So . . . a BIG thank you to our sponsors – The Cricket Society Trust; Laing Family Trust; Veronica Trueman; Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust; The Wilson Foundation; Alan & Angela Porter and ‘The Lottery Awards for All’, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Without them, hundreds of children will not have fun of playing in a team or experiencing the fun of cricket!
The Lunch at Lords Event on the 28th of November was a huge success, with over £22,500 raised.
Below is our Chairman’s introduction and a summary. I hope you enjoyed the event, if you attended and thank you again for a year of support for our wonderful Trust.
Chairman’s Introduction – Ronald Paterson
Thank you all for being here today to support the Cricket Society Trust and our work with the MCC Foundation. We could not do this without you. I hope that you enjoyed the Exhibition of the Evolution of Women’s Cricket. Before I hand over to Roger Dakin to continue today’s entertainment I just want to take 2 or 3 minutes to thank some of the people whose work has made today possible and to tell you a bit about the cause you have kindly come to Lord’s to help.
It is a great thrill to be here in the Long Room at Lord’s, one of the world’s great venues, with the President and Chair of MCC, Clare Connor and Bruce Carnegie-Brown – thank you both for allowing us to be here today and for joining us. You will be hearing more from Clare later. Thank you also to Sarah Fane, Director of the MCC Foundation, for making this event possible – you will also be hearing from Sarah later – and thanks to Daniel James and the rest of the MCC team for all your work in advance and today. I must also say huge thanks to Izzy Duncan, President of the Cricket Society Trust, and my co-Trustees Geoff Hastings, Bill Allen and Jeff Barnes for all your work on this event.
Those of you who know me will know that cricket, the enjoyment of watching and playing and the friendships that come with cricket, have been a huge part of my life. I have been very lucky in this respect. I learned to play cricket when I was 5 and I have been playing cricket ever since. I was educated at, or at least I went to, a school where cricket was a big deal and the importance of Lord’s and the MCC was relentlessly promoted by my first cricket master Jack Mendl who had played for the club on a tour of Canada in 1946 and did his shopping in Edinburgh on a Saturday in a full MCC touring blazer with a St George and the Dragon badge and egg and bacon piping. I was lucky enough to be taught both the skills of cricket and, equally important, how to play in a team and how you support the rest of your team. I was also incredibly lucky that my sister Jane was seemingly willing to spend hours bowling to me in our back garden. As a schoolboy I was sent to Easter coaching classes in the old sheds at the Nursery End here. I first walked into this wonderful room as a member of MCC in 1976 during the England/West Indies Test Match and it is a great thrill to have one of the England players in that match, and a great hero of mine, David Steele, here today on Table 1. And 45 years later I am still playing cricket with my delightful team mates from the Cricket Society XI here on Table 8.
Now the point of all of this, the point of today, is it was easy for me to become involved in cricket and everything that it has brought me; easy in the sense that I really just had to take advantage of the opportunities that were in front of me. The Cricket Society Trust, which I became involved in under my wonderful predecessor as Chair, Alan Porter here on Table 1, and the late and much missed Ken Merchant and others, raises funds to support programmes which help young people who don’t have the same easy opportunities to learn and play cricket. Throughout its entire life the Cricket Society Trust has supported the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation’s programme for special needs children. We also support the Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League, which Geoff Hastings will be happy to tell you more about. Since 2018 we have supported the MCC Foundation’s training hub for state school girls at Felsted School, which provides professional coaching to talented female athletes from state schools, coaching them to attain high standards of play, encouraging them to join local cricket cubs and mentoring them in county and district squads. I am sure Sarah will tell you more about that. We are raising funds today primarily to develop our partnership with the MCC Foundation in relation to training hubs for girls. Thank you all for being here today and I hope that you are feeling generous.
A summary of what the event achieved
The Cricket Society Trust in association with the MCC Foundation organised a luncheon on Sunday 28th November at Lords in the Long Room at Lords to celebrate Women’s cricket.
With a tour of the exhibition in the Museum followed by a reception, luncheon followed with opportunities to contribute to a raffle, silent auction and auction of a selection of donated items.
Roger Dakin was our host and auctioneer.
Sarah Fane OBE (Director of the Foundation) explained the work of the Foundation.
The opportunity followed for attendees to join in a Q&A session led by Trust President Isabelle Duncan with Clare Connor CBE (MCC President) and Cordelia Griffith (MCC Foundation Ambassador).
The measure of the success of the event was the money raised – around £22,500 – The profile of the CS Trust was enhanced and the publicity for the MCC Foundation and the contribution made from the event (£15,000) will see two further Foundation Hubs for girls in possibly Birmingham and Guildford.
Can I on behalf of the CS Trust trustees Izzy Duncan, Ronald Paterson, Geoff Hastings, Jeff Barnes and Bill Allen thank everyone who came and made the event such a success.
The Cricket Society Trust is pleased to announce a lunch to take place in the Long Room at Lord’s on Sunday 28 November 2021, principally in aid of the MCC Foundation.
The theme of the lunch will be women’s cricket with speakers, a star-studded Q&A panel, auction, raffle and a tour of the Evolution of Women’s Cricket Exhibition currently in the Lord’s Museum. Confirmed speakers include Clare Connor, President of MCC and Managing Director of Women’s Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Society Trust President Isabelle Duncan, author of Skirting the Boundary: A History of Women’s Cricket.
Demand for tickets is expecting to be high so please email Mr Patterson to register for this event so that you can receive the application form as soon as it is available.
We’ve teamed up with a company to offer Christmas cards, in support of the charity. If you’d like to purchase the 2021 edition of these cards, and support the fundraising targets of the Trust, then please visit our Shop for more details!
On Monday 13th September, at the Northampton County cricket ground, Geoff Hastings, a Trustee of the Cricket Society Trust, was awarded a “Grassroots Cricket Award” by Cricket East, (a local arm of the ECB); a further thank-you award was given by the Border Counties Youth Cricket Association for Geoff’s work as chairman of the League.
Geoff Hastings receiving awards
Geoff Hastings has been involved in Junior cricket for thirty years, first as junior coach/organiser at Burghley Park cricket club in the 1990’s entering the club into the Border Counties Cricket Youth Association.
At the beginning of 2004, Geoff and Fred Trueman were thinking of starting a league for state schools. They approached schools and asked them for help and advice on the issues in playing cricket at these schools. Geoff was invited to become Chairman of the David Cross Schools Cricket League (later to become the Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League). Eventually in 2006 Geoff and Fred were ready to start with a committee of teachers and volunteers, inviting schools to participate. Together the committee set up a strategy to encourage schools to take part; they raised over £15,000 to purchase 36 cricket kits! Schools were approached in the Huntingdon cricket Board and South Lincs areas. Huntingdon Cricket Board helped out in all of this and ensured the administration and running of the league was successful. Under 13’s and under 15’s teams have been playing ever since! Unfortunately, Covid 19 has prevented the games being played.
2022 will see the games resume again.
Furthermore the 2022 season is being planned and invitations will be going to nearly 50 schools in Stamford, Bourne Spalding Peterborough, Huntingdon, and Bedfordshire. Over the next six months fund raising efforts are being established to ensure every child boy or girl has the necessary kit to play the game of hard ball, limited-over cricket; this will end up in July 2022 with a festival of cricket ‘The Grand Finals’ in Bedfordshire and Stamford .
Border Counties Youth Cricket Association
Geoff was Chairman of the well-established and successful Youth League prior to his Chairmanship. This Association, which covers the area where four counties meet; Rutland, Northants, Cambs and Lincolnshire, was set up over over fifty years ago.
Children with learning difficulties
For the last four years Geoff and his wife, Trish, have organised cricket games for several Special Schools; the latest one was played in 2021 at Uffington Park Cricket Club in June.
Geoff serves as a Trustee of the National Cricket Society Trust, a charity which raises money for Youth Cricket and cricket for children with learning difficulties.
Geoff served two years as Burghley Park Cricket Club President and is an honorary member of York Wanderers Cricket Club.