Cambridge kids might soon be playing summer cricket at our club’s junior grounds in Vogel St.
Representatives of Cambridge FC and the Cambridge Junior Cricket Association have been in talks for many months, exploring opportunities for both organisations to benefit from shared use of the fields at the northern end of the football grounds.
The next step is for the organisations to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which would set out the terms of the arrangement for a trial period leading to the end of the football club’s current lease with the Waipa District Council.
Before signing the MoU, Cambridge FC is seeking feedback from its members.
If you have any views on this, please email Cambridge Football Club juniors.
The lease expires in 2022 but the club has an option to renew for a further term.
Talks about sharing facilities began after growth of junior cricket numbers led to the association seeking alternative venues for up to 300 youngsters to play during their summer season.
Their 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.
The aim of the cricket association is to see their youngsters playing at one location.
The football club’s aims are to continually improve the standard of its facilities, and to use them for the benefit of the wider community.
Under the proposed agreement, the cricket association would pay a monthly contribution to ground and facility costs for six months a year.
The two organisations would also look to work together to improve the quality of the pitch surfaces, helping the football club’s efforts to level the grounds over the next few years.
The cricket association would look to lay 3-4 concrete strips for use as cricket wickets, placing them between pitches used for junior football. These would not inconvenience the use of the fields for football.
The proposed trial would require the parties to meet regularly and to consider other opportunities where both would benefit.
Summer cricket for adults
Meanwhile, the organisers of Cambridge Business House cricket have invited members of Cambridge FC to take part in their summer competition.
- Please note: The business house competition will not be held at the football grounds.