Collaboration between Cambridge FC and the Cambridge Junior Cricket Association has led to recognition at the Waipa Sports Awards.
The two groups received a nomination for the Innovation in Sport category, recognising their efforts to provide an alternative base for junior cricket in Cambridge.
Growth in numbers had led the cricket association to seek a partnership with Cambridge FC and the two parties have entered into a three-year memorandum of understanding to provide the opportunity to play junior cricket at the football club’s grounds in Vogel St.
The MoU covers a trial period of hosting cricket before the football club’s current lease with the Waipa District Council is reviewed. The lease is set to expire in 2022.
In the first year of the agreement, the cricket group have laid artificial wickets between junior football pitches, allowing both sports to co-exist.
The cricket season (from Labour Weekend till March) dovetails well with football’s use of the grounds (May till September) and leaves spells for maintenance in April and October.
Main photo: members of the cricket association and football club at the Waipa Sports Awards dinner, held at the Don Rowlands Centre, Lake Karapiro, on November 18, 2019.
Meanwhile, two Cambridge FC stalwarts were also nominated for awards.
Junior football volunteer Gary Kelk was a nominee for the district’s Sports Administrator of the Year while club chair Steve Thomas was a contender for the Coach of the Year for his work with Cambridge High School’s first XI.