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Take pride in local cricket teams
11:04am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Letters
BEFORE getting too far into the long professional football season it would be an appropriate time to reflect and take pride in the achievements of Salisbury's Senior Cricket Club, South Wilts.
Your publication has afforded South Wilts extensive coverage during 2013, particularly in regard to their well deserved retention of the Southern League Premier title and T20 triumph; however, this is only part of the story.
This success has not come about by accident; it has been forged over two decades by planning both on and off the field (witness the new sports club), and has been supported by the wonderful work of the staff such as scorers, umpires and tea ladies (and gentlemen).
Special mention needs to be made of the grounds staff, who have worked tirelessly over the years and currently oversee two excellent playing surfaces and outfields.
We have a young energetic, ambitious committee, led from the front and constantly setting objectives for further improvement.
Finally, the club has a matchless youth section administered by caring and professionally-minded individuals working within a well honed structure that is the envy of clubs far beyond Wiltshire, providing a quality throughput of promising cricketers. This is evident at every level of the club.
We hear much about the 'legacy of the Olympics' and how to improve our sporting quality. What needs to be borne in mind is that it is not systems, processes and cash that improve sport, it is people.
Sport cannot be marketed; it has to be loved and cherished. Finally, suitable appreciation needs to be given to other local clubs such as Shrewton, Steeple Langford, Redlynch and Hale and Winterslow, who also provide excellent service to their young cricketers.
STEPHEN HATCHER, Salisbury
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