Why Wakefield Thornes Cricket Club
Wakefield Thornes Cricket Club
We are a thriving and successful cricket club with four senior and seven junior teams. Our role in the community however is much more than just that of a cricket club. We work with a wide variety of community groups and organisations to provide a year round programme of sports and activities.
Our senior teams play in the following competitions:
- ECB Yorkshire South Premier
- SYSCL First Division
- Pontefract Cricket League Division 5
- Pontefract Midweek Cricket League
All our teams have been successful in recent years with numerous League and Cup triumphs. In 2016 our first team became the inaugural Yorkshire Premier Cricket champions in Adu Dhabi
We provide cricket for children and young people in many ways.
- We run teams at age groups from Under 9's to Under 17's. Teams play in the Heavy Woollen and Leeds Junior Cricket League. Many of our young players play District and County Cricket and a number have gone on to play Junior international and First Class Cricket
- We stage school festivals each year.
- We run school holiday coaching course - not just at our own club but also for other clubs around the area who are trying to develop junior cricket.
- We also run coaching programmes in schools and host junior school festivals for up to 6 local primary schools at the ground
- We have been designated by the Yorkshire Cricket Board as a centre for the development of BAME cricket
We have worked with other local charities and organisations to operate school holiday play schemes for children with autism and other learning difficulties. We have also run schemes for children in care. All these activities would benefit from the additional space we are proposing to develop so that they could expand and avoid the logistical difficulties of operating in what is otherwise a bar!
We work with the Yorkshire Cricket Board to provide coach education courses and the ACO to provide training for cricket scorers. As and when our project is complete we will be working withe a local sports provide ACES to provide sports leadership training and in service training for PE teachers in local primary schools.
In recent years we have developed a tradition of staging 'Charity Days' and raising considerable sum of money for Charities such as Macmillan Cancer and MND Association. These have revolved around 6 a side and Fancy Dress cricket, Mini and Fun Olympics. In 2020 we'd planned to stage our own 'Hundred' Cricket tournament between Thornes teams of different eras.
We are home to Thornes Sharks Rounders Club. We host meetings of Local Authority Housing and Social Services and carers groups.
Why sponsor us?
We believe our hard work, improvement in standards and the partnerships we have developed, enable us to offer many of the things potentail sponsors are seeking from their investment.
- Our success in Abu Dhabi and at Headingley and our continual improvement in standards has given us a local and regional profile and media coverage from which we contine to benefit as a club. We believe we are a beacon of excellence in the development of cricket. We can offer potentail sponsors a good profile and a link to a good 'brand' via both our own social media and loacl and regional media
- Via the partners we work with, from the both the publis and private sectow we can offer acces to a wide range of custoners and potential markets
- Our continued development and investment in our facilities means that we can offer sponsors an attractive venue for promotions and presentations and a good location in which to engage with customers and do business
- Via both our cricket and the other activities with which we are involved, we have an association with healthy lifestyles and physical activity which we believ will be important in a post Covid world
We are also offering potential sponsors a range of sponsorship opportunities that may generate interset in different areas. We are seeking sponsorship for:
- Playing and training kit for both senior and junior teams
- Our charity fundrasing days which in 2021 will support MNDA and Ceylon Cricket Academy (a charity that raise funding for kit and equipment for underprivileged children in Sri Lanka). The evets will take the form of a ''''100' competioin between Thornes teams of different eras
- Media opportunities suchas our annual handbook, palyer of the match and month which are promotesd on all our social media outlets
In January 2021 we commenced work on an extension to our clubhouse. We have the overall aim of making the facility more socially inclusive and attractive to a wider variety of community groups. We are doing this by:
- Improving the quality of changing rooms and toilets, and
- Creating a new indoor space that will be able to accommodate some of the many ventures we engage in with partners locally, for example; coach education, childrens school holiday sport and play activities, INSET training, schools festivals, scorer and umpire training, cricket league and other community group meetings.
This is the latest of a number of facility improvements we have made since 2009 which have included; a new pavilion, a relaid outfield and square and new sightscreens.
The facility improvements have been allied to improvements to our coaching programmes and playing standards over a slightly longer, 18 year period. In that time we have produced:
- four players who have played first class cricket
- two England Under 19 internationals
- six Yorkshire Academy players
- Numerous regional age group players
Our senior teams have grown from two to four and our improvement in playing standards has been such that since 2016
- Our first team has won three ECB Premier League title, twice been crowned Yorkshire Premier Cricket titles (and once runners up), and won the Viking Yorkshire Leagues Cup
- Our second team has won a number of league and cup competions in both the CYCL and the SYSCL, despite mostly competing against first teams
As for many clubs 2020 was a difficult year with a limited programme of competitive cricket and even less by way of social and income generating activities. Nonetheless we still managed to get cricket on for all our senior and unior teams and stage five week lingprogrammes of junior coaching in conjunction with the Ceylon Cricket Academy. We also held a league play off final and ran an ECB Foundation Level Coach education course.
Our aspirations for the future can be divided into three areas:
- Continued cricket success at all levels
- Improved links with the local community and an enhanced role as a 'hub for sporting and non sporting activity
- Imrpoved links with local and regional business as a means of improving incomegeneration and sustainability
We aim to retain our position as Premier League club that is in a position to challenge for honours. But we want to do this by what we believe is the right way - thats to say continuing to develop our own young players. This is dependant on hard work and good coaching and the development of skills and fulfilment of potentail. But more than this we want to broaden our membership base and increase the number of children, particlualrly at state schools who are given the opportunity to play cricket. In the first instance this might be playing cricket in school. Following that it might be graduating to a club and hopefully ultimately developing a life long commitment to the club and the game. We are particularly keen to grow our levels of girls and womens participation and BAME cricket
We intend to improve our role as a facilitator and provider of other recreational and non recreational activities. We are already the bae for the Thornes Sharks Rounders club. We would like to work towrds increasing the number of girls playingthe game and develop new teams. We would also like to grow the number and range of activities we can offer as school holiday and after school activities. This includes working with the YCB and ACES to develop coach education and INSET training.
Thirdly we would like to develop new partnerships with local businesses as we believe our success and hard work can provide effective promotional opportunities to thei and our mutual benefit.
The club was formed in 1922, originally as the sports club of Patons & Baldwins textiles. They club played in the Wakefield League until 1963 when the members decided to join the Yorkshire Council’s Pontefract & District League. After the mill closed in 1973 the club became Wakefield Thornes, and they joined the Central Yorkshire League. The club and some of its players enjoyed modest success during this period - without ever reaching the top of Yorkshire cricket
The creation of a successful junior section in 2002 under Head Coach Ron Hudson - a Yorkshire club cricket legend - was the big turning point for the club and the start of a new era. In 2005, the first team were promoted to the CYCL first division, won the Jack Hampshire Cup in 2008, and the CYCL t20 title in 2015, when they were also runners-up in the CYCL.
On the restructure of Yorkshire cricket in 2016, Thornes joined the YSPL . They won the YSPL championship in each of its first three seasons, going on to win the White Rose Trophy as Yorkshire’s Premier League champions in 2016 and 2018. In 2019, they became the first YSPL winners of the Viking Yorkshire Leagues KO Cup.