Term 2 this year has seen some great results on and off the pitch for UWMCC. The guys have all been busy in this term’s coaching sessions, with Complete Cricket coming in to coach the 1/2s squad, 3/4s squad and this year have been coming in for 1-on-1s on a Thursday. Louie, CC, has also been offering his time to coach, and now everyone he has worked with can hit every ball to the leg-side but can’t do much else. The club has also managed to secure some performance sport S&C sessions for the Performance squad with hopes this may lead to more for next year.
This has all clearly been worth it so far with the boys, led by Mihir, winning back Varsity in a 2 innings BUCS-indoor-final-style match from Coventry. We won by 47 runs with the support from Desso really helping. Mihir has been quoted as saying, “this was just a warm up for the BUCS Indoor Final next year, can’t let Goodyear be the only captain that’s won it.”
Off the field, we had news that we will be entering 5 BUCS teams this summer with the first women’s team being entered into the BUCS leagues, we think, for over 6 years. The women’s team and club has been growing in numbers this year and they hope to become their own club for the start of next year. On the charity front, Coaching in Schools, where we run a free after school cricket club in Leamington, has been running every Wednesday afternoon this term and both the pupils and UWMCC members have enjoyed it.
We have also thrown our weight behind the “It Takes Balls to Talk” campaign that Coventry & Leamington Mind have set up, with clubman attending local sports events to support the cause. It Takes Balls to Talk aims to raise awareness of mental health support and to encourage men to talk about their feelings. On top of this, some elite clubmen will be running the Warwick Half-Marathon this Sunday in support of the British Heart Foundation (Any support would be greatly appreciated). George Ballington, this years Half-marathon
poster boy, has even opted to do it again this year, even though he describes last years experience as being “Nowhere near worth the McDonalds afterwards”.
On to some other important news:
50th Anniversary / Alumni Weekend – Sunday 17th June 2018.
Members of the exec have been busy trying to build our Alumni network beyond the 5 years before us and have managed to reach out to an alumni in almost all decades since the 1960s. New stories of the first club tie and the origins of “1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive…” have been found and we hope as many as you as possible will want to come to the event in June.
Please fill out this form if you want to come, even if not, as we need to make sure we have the right contacts details for you so we can keep you in touch with the club in the future.
The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday June 17th at the Cryfield Sports Pavilion, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. Our intention is to hold a buffet lunch in the early afternoon, where alumni can get reacquainted with their peers and also meet their successors and predecessors. We hope the lunch will be followed by some cricket fixtures in the afternoon, either between teams of alumni and current clubmen, or a mix of both. Several alumni have also expressed an interest in returning to Leamington for “a few drinks” / circling the night before, so please indicate if you would like to on the form.
Could you please also forward this information to any previous clubmen you know so that we can try and get in contact with them too! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the club or myself.
Other Old Boys News;
Sadly, the idea of a Alumni golf day has been put on hold indefinitely but we hope it may be picked up again next year.
Also, we hope for the next newsletter we may have a club video to show you. But don’t hold your breath, rumours of a second “mini-sabbatical” from Bowen as he goes to Australia.
That’s all from the club at the moment with end of term tests, Darbados and the summer approaching, clubmen are heads down searching for those magical 2:1s.
As you were,