OCA Member Club information onto website?
Clubs have all been asked to add their information onto the website.
It is the responsibility of 'the club' and NOT the General Secretary, so can you please do this as soon as possible?
O.C.A. Groundsman's Training Course - Sunday 22nd March 2015
Club secretaries/Contacts have alreday been made aware of this course and asked to contact their grounds people, in the hope that they will want to attend this valuable training course.
This is being held at Wormsley Cricket Ground, from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm and full details are listed under 'ADMINISTRATION' on the OCA website.
If you hope to attend (and we hope you will?)please make your application as soon as possible.
Any questions should be directed to Simon Morse: email@example.com or call him on: 01494.483976
Eynsham C.C. - Can you help please?
We are renovating our nets and have very limited funds, so if any club is replacing their nets or artificial wicket and has netting/mats etc that they are looking to get rid of we may be able to use them.
If you can help, please contact Gary Cook on 07748 702 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OCA Golf Day :
Hope plans are afoot for the coming season. To distract slightly from the cricket, we have arranged an OCA golf day, to get lots of players together to do something other than play cricket.
**Sunday 15th March, tee times from 11am
**Witney Lakes Golf Club
**50 range balls
**Sandwiches and chips buffet afterwards
**4 players from each club
**Team stableford scoring system
**Awards for the day
We have a couple of spots left, but places are limited. If you are interested send me an email: email@example.com asap.
Does you club want to host a final in 2015?
An invitation e-mail was sent out recently to all member clubs offering them the opportunity to host a cup final in 2015.
This is a reminder to clubs to contact Ivan Mulford (Grounds Committee) if you wish to offer your facilities - his details are in the handbook.
Mr. Jim Hunt - OCA Life Vice President
It is with sadness that we have to advise of the death of Mr. J.A.Hunt who has been a Life Vice President of the OCA for many years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th February and full details can be obtained from John Moss of Kidlington C.C. by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org OR mobile: 07768 851 515.
What follows is a tribute from Chris Clements, Chairman of the OCB:
Sadly at the age of 91, Jim Hunt, a true stalwart of sport in this county has passed away. Jim was the secretary and then chairman of the old Oxfordshire County Cricket Association (OCCA). His close friend Wilf Bennett describes Jim as a 'champion of the younger player'. My generation remember Jim and Wilf's dedication to giving collective identity to cricket in Oxfordshire by forming the OCCA.
Jim was a dedicated member of Kidlington CC, which he helped to grow and develop whilst at the same time he was secretary of Oxford United. One of his proudest moments being Oxford's League Milk Cup Final win over QPR.
Jim was a brilliant organiser and very nice man. He will be missed.
Anyone wishing to send messages to the family should do so through John Moss who will be happy to pass these on at the funeral.
Information for the 2015 OCA Handbook
All club contacts have received an e-mail asking for amendments to the 2014 details, so it would be appreciated if these could be sent to the General Secretary at the earliest opportunity.
Collating information for the handbook takes a great deal of time, so your help with this will be very much appreciated.
ECB Club Support - Creating a sustainable future for your club
This is a very recent initiative from the ECB to offer help to clubs, so if you have a particular need, please go to ecb.co.uk/clubsupport and see if they can be of help or e-mail them: email@example.com
Two new members of the OCA Executive for 2015
We are pleased to announce that MARCUS CHARMAN(Wootton & Boars Hill) and IAN ROYLE(Steventon) will be joining the Executive committee as from the 9th February 2015. We are sure that they will be a great asset to the OCA in helping the association move forward in 2015.
Donation to Prostate Cancer UK
Those clubs who attended the Annual Presentation Dinner will recall that we held a raffle and auction of a cricket bat in aid of the above charity, raising a total of £500.00 which was posted to Protate Cancer UK shortly afterwards.
We have now received a letter of thanks and this can be viewed under 'Administration' on the home page of the OCA website.
Umpires and Scorers Survey - Details from Ian Royle
Please see the following information and take part in this survey if you can?
As you know the ECB has recently completed a National Player Survey to get the views of recreational players.
You may have seen the results and these are now shaping the way forward for recreational cricket particularly in relation to “getting the game on”.
Similarly, the ECB understands the importance of seeking the views of Umpires and Scorers to gain a better understanding of officiating within the recreational game and how ECB ACO can address the needs of its members in the future.
They are therefore conducting an online survey of all ACO members in England & Wales. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is scheduled to close on December 11th.
All members should get an email directing them to the appropriate site but we are at pains to point out that this survey is open to all umpires and scorers whether or not they are members of ECBACO
By completing the survey anyone can be entered into a prize draw for one of 10 x £75 vouchers to spend at either the ECB ACO shop (ACO members only) or ECB shop.
If you have a email circulation list for your umpires and scorers I would be grateful if you could forward this to them to follow the link:
The OCA Committee are aware some clubs have problems with the quality of their grounds so would like to be able to help with a grant that can be put towards the total cost of improvements. It has been agreed that some money taken in fines will be given back to clubs via a small grant. Application can be made by downloading the Grant Form under the link to the right.