Isle of Man Cricket and Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR)
Community Games 2019
The Community Games took place on Wednesday 19th June where secondary school pupils from across the Isle of Man who aren't involved in a school, club or island team are invited to the NSC to experience a variety of different sports and physical activities. The IOMCA had arranged for the Cricket Factory rig, banner zone and core skills equipment to be at this years Community Games. The Cricket Factory allows participants of all ages and abilities to perform a variety of cricket activities in different ways. With the IOMCA's focus on developing women and girl's cricket in 2019 over 100 girls experienced cricket in a fun and unique way (some for the first time). Each participant then received a free Cric Start bat and ball set. Hopefully these girls will go on to join the regionalised girl's training and women and girl's soft ball festivals.
The IOMCA will be using the newly purchased banner zone and core skills equipment across the Isle of Man to promote the game.
Manx Youth Games 2019
The 2019 Manx Youth Games was held at Cronkbourne Cricket Club on Saturday 18th May.
After the opening ceremony at the National Sports Centre all the cricketers were bused to Cronkbourne Cricket Club. In the first round of games there was a first (as far as I am aware) in Manx Youth Game's cricketing history with the North girls playing Douglas North Girls (and two boys). Each team played two games before everyone had tea. After burgers, cakes and juice each team played their third game.
Once all three games were played Andy Coulson (IOMCA Secretary) did a speech to players, coaches and parents and then Jaime Amoedo (HSBC representative) presented the water bottles and medals and Matthew Ansell (National team captain) presented the Cric start bat and ball sets provided by the IOMCA to each of the participants. The 2019 Manx Youth Games was a record breaking year with 10 teams including two girl's teams. A huge thanks to all the coaches and their helpers, Cronkbourne CC for hosting so well, Manx Sport and Recreation and HSBC for their continued support
2019 Manx Youth Games This years Manx Youth Games sessions will take part at the following centres - North (Ramsey CC) 6-7 @ Ramsey Grammar School starting Friday 25th January to May 17th excluding February 22nd, April 12th & 19th. South (Castletown CC) 6-7 @ Buchan School starting Wednesday 23rd January to May 15th excluding February 20th, April 1oth & 17th. East (Cronkbourne CC) 6-7 @ Scoill Vallajeelt starting Thursday 24th January to May 16th excluding February 21st, April 11th & 18th. East (Finch Hill CC) 6-7 @ St Ninian's Upper School starting Monday 28th January to May 13th excluding February 18th, April 8th, 15th, 22nd & May 6th. West (Crosby CC & Peel & St Johns CC) 6-7 @ QEII starting Tuesday 22nd January to May 14th excluding February 19th, April 9th & 16th. These sessions are for school years 2-4 and cost £1.
The Isle of Man Cricket Association is committed to developing girls cricket and girls have the option to train and play as a girls only team or as part of their region in this years Manx Youth Games. Girls Only 6-7 @ St Ninian's Upper School starting Monday 21st January to May 13th excluding February 18th, April 8th, 15th, 22nd & May 6th, These sessions are for school years 2-6 and cost £1.
The Manx Youth Games will be held at Cronkbourne Cricket Club on May 18th.
Manx Youth Games
The IOMCA is happily part of the Manx Youth Games. The Manx Youth Games supported by HSBC is the biggest multi-sport event for children on the Isle of Man which attracts over 1000 participants and cricket is one of 13 different sports. The Manx Youth Games event itself is held in May each year but weekly training sessions also take place around the island in preparation for the event from January. The day begins with an opening ceremony at the NSC with all participants marching onto the track in their brightly coloured t-shirts representing the region they are competing for: Red-North, Orange-South, Blue-West, Green-Douglas South and Yellow-Douglas North. Cricketers then move off to their venue Cronkbourne CC on the bus to compete in a round robin style festival. The day finishes with a presentation of medals to all the participants.
Microgaming Community Games The community games is aimed at 11 to 18-year olds who don’t belong to a school, club, or island team, the games are attended by students from the Department of Education and Children’s five secondary schools. Young people get to play a variety of sports including glow cricket in a relaxed, fun and non-competitive environment. The aim is for students to stay involved in a sport of their choice and hopefully join a community club.