Why Watsonian Cricket Club
Watsonian Cricket Club
Watsonian Cricket Club – founded in 1875 – is based in Edinburgh and plays its cricket at two grounds which benefit from grass squares and an artificial wicket: Myreside and Craiglockhart. We aim to provide cricket playing opportunities for adults (women and men) and juniors from 8-18 years of age.
Why Sponsor Us:
We would like to highlight what our intentions are with the money we raise through sponsorship and the long term benefits that this could have for WCC in the future.
Below are some of the specific plans we want to invest in:
- -Club Professional
- -High level coaches for all Junior and Senior Teams
- -Coaches to work with local primary schools in order to encourage more cricket in state schools in the surrounding area and then link them with WCC.
- -Pitch Covers for Craiglockhart.
- -New and improved equipment for all teams.
- -Payment for Professionals to take Masterclass sessions for both Juniors and Seniors during the winter and summer.
- -Video camera footage of one game per weekend (linked to YouTube channel).
The club has a fexible approach to sponsorship, with opportunites highlighted below:
- Senior Playing Shirt Sponsor
- Junior Playing Shirt Sponsor
- Social Media Sponsor (Twitter/Instagram/ Youtube/ Facebook)
- Main Website Sponsor
- Website Sponsor
- Match Day stumps (Myreside)
- Match Day stumps (Craiglockhart)
- Junior Training Evening Sponsor
- Junior Training Evening Banner
- Senior Individual Player Sponsorship
- Match Day Pitch Side Banner (Myreside)
We are commited to providing your company with exposure and promotion and realise the enormous benefits that your support will have for the opportunities that we can provide to our playing and non-playing members at Watsonian Cricket Club.
Even though our past season was a much shorter and stranger season than usual, this has definitely been a year of positives! There is a new found enthusiasm around the men’s section and at our high point, we were able to put out 5 men’s teams on two occasions! This is brilliant to see and something that we would love to build on next season.
Our womens section saw a raft of fixtures consitently throughout the summer and has resulted in an increase in women members. We see this section being massively important to us going forward and want to continue the family feel of the club by getting all involved.
It was a pleasant surprise that we managed to run two WCC Summer Camps during the summer. This was no easy feat due to the ever changing situation and occasionally adverse weather conditions, however, with a total of over 40 juniors in attendance, we believe that they were a real success! We look to increase numbers for next summer and aim to provide the same fun, enjoyable yet challenging experience for all involved.
We also managed to get a raft of fixtures against local Edinburgh and Lothian teams across all age groups from U10’s through to U16’s.
Enthusiasm, passion and dedication should never be underestimated and this is what we clearly have in abundance at WCC. As a club, we are aiming to promote all teams and all age groups to the highest leagues possible through the fostering and development of the individual talent which we witness across all sections. We have the platform and foundation to be an even greater club than we currently are if we continue the way we have this year. Then we will reap the rewards from the effort that is being applied in all areas of the club from the top, in the form of the constant support, guidance and leadership of our President John Reid to the enthusiasm of our very youngest players.
As a club, we are aiming to promote all teams and all age groups to the highest leagues possible through the fostering and development of the individual talent which we witness across all sections. We have the platform and foundation to be an even greater club than we currently are if we continue the way we have this year. Then we will reap the rewards from the effort that is being applied in all areas of the club from the top, in the form of the constant support, guidance and leadership of our President John Reid to the enthusiasm of our very youngest players.
Our origins, as our name suggests, were as a former pupils club but that we have been an open club for a long time and draw members from across south and west Edinburgh and beyond. We have one of the biggest memberships, both junior and senior, of any Scottish cricket club and value the ability to provide participation opportunities across the age and ability spectrum.
At senior level, the 1st XI has – over the years – been fortunate to have had a number of international test players in its line-up: Australians Kim Hughes, Terry Alderman and Bob Holland, together with India’s Atul Wassan. The side that won its first national league title in 2012 (the Cricket Scotland League) contained four Scotland caps in (captain) Stuart Chalmers, (vice-captain) Ewan Chalmers, Craig Wright and Dewald Nel. The squad also included Paddy Sadler who spent part of that season leading the Scotland Under 19 side at the World Cup in Australia and subsequently captained Cambridge University Cricket Club in the 2013 season.
In more recent years (2016-17) the club was fortunate to have the services of Andy Mackay, a former New Zealand test opening bowler, as its professional, while South African Malusi Siboto fills that role in 2019. The club organises and delivers structured senior training sessions, both pre-season and throughout the playing season.
The Junior section sees some 200 youngsters regularly participate in cricket over the summer – through coaching sessions, summer camps and matches at several age levels. In order to encourage and further develop youth cricket, year-round coaching is provided. For more information please visit the Juniors pages on this website.
In addition to the Senior and Junior sections, the club has a Women’s section. Watsonian Ladies is a developing side with regular coaching sessions being provided, and the section is proactive in finding ways for all members to gain as much match experience as possible. The section participates in indoor six-a-side tournaments in the winter, together with league and cup competitions during the summer. The section works closely with Cricket Scotland, which provides support to all women’s teams, with a view to maximising opportunities and enhancing experience for all.