What is it?
Cricket’s ruling body is the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). There are 2 further tiers to run cricket in England and Wales. These are the counties and below them the districts.
The Kent Cricket Board is divided into 16 Districts one of whom is Shepway. There are 106 Clubs in East Kent that are members of the Kent Cricket Board. There are 15 member clubs in Shepway District. Most Districts are run by a District Cricket Partnership. This comprises representatives from Clubs, Schools, Umpires and Youth Development. There are usually 2 sub committees to look after the interests of Clubs and Youth Development.
In Shepway there is a District Cricket Partnership. There are, however, very few occasions when it needs to meet. All the work in the District is done by the Clubs Committee and the District Development Group. Communication between the 2 groups is good because the make up of the committees is largely the same people. New representatives for both committees are always welcome.
What are the benefits for member clubs?
The subscription to the Kent Cricket Board includes a local precept which goes to Shepway District. Being a member of the KCB gives Clubs access to insurance, advice on ground maintenance, discounts on loam, coaching courses and child welfare management.
The District Clubs Committee organises the winter indoor league and Cup tournaments, the summer knock-out tournament The Godden Cup, represents the interests of Clubs at the KCB Clubs Committee meetings, arranges coaching, assists with district Kwik Cricket for schools, awards a sum annually to a Young Player of the Year and provides Clubs with small grants.