Chairman is keen to make cricket more accessible

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A CRICKET club official is aiming to make the sport more accessible after being elected to a new role.

Tynemouth Cricket Club’s Russell Perry has been elected as chairman of the Northumberland Cricket Board at their AGM.

The 52-year-old first became involved with the board in 1989, and his enthusiasm and energy saw him apointed secretary in 1991.

He has held the role of coaching secretary since 1993, having become an ECB staff tutor responsible for training new coaches.

Russell subsequently became vice-chairman of the county board three years ago and has taken over from the retiring Harry Little.

Russell aims to build upon the work which the board does in schools, much of which he has taken part in through his involvement with the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine project.

The board are receiving welcome support from Warmseal Windows (Newcastle), aimed at increasing community cricket delivery in schools and local clubs across Northumberland, including coaching, festivals and matches.

The Tynemouth Cricket Club chairman, pictured, is targeting making the cricket club environment healthier and more sustainable.

He also follows up on a survey of adult participation in both the weekend and midweek games by restating the current national target to achieve increasing adult participation at all levels.

The results of the local survey are being assessed by the board following receipt from players of almost 500 responses from more than 100 clubs.

The positive feedback emphasised the enjoyment of the game, the social side and companionship.

The valued feedback is expected to lead to some revision of the detailed format of the local games and in particular the restructuring of midweek cup games to reduce travel.