As a relative newcomer of just 5 years to the Vine, with 3 years on the committee as Secretary, I am both humbled and honoured to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the latest in a long line of custodians for SVCC.
In my brief involvement with the club we have won both the 1st XI and 2nd XI Premier League – just part of the legacy and history that is SVCC. But it’s not just about the senior Saturday sides – there is so much more to SVCC. At either end of the spectrum, our junior section continues to flourish with a number of our players making it to district and county levels, an achievement of which we are extremely proud whilst the Old Oaks occupy the crease on Friday evenings.
We are committed to providing the infrastructure and facilities that support the playing of cricket to the highest levels, according to the ‘spirit of cricket’, and the development of our cricketers to be the best they can.
As a Focus club with ClubMark accreditation, building on our close ties to Kent Community Cricket, our significant investment last year in state of the art nets facilities at Otford and by applying our quality coaching programmes we believe our profile within the community can be enhanced. To this end, we have committed to the ‘Chance to Shine’ programme and are engaging in the ECB “All Stars” initiative which seeks to attract 5 to 8 year olds to cricket who might otherwise not think our wonderful game is for them, both of which will enable us to support the development of cricket in state schools. Furthermore, our strategy sees us increasing membership, lowering the cost of cricket to players, whilst improving their training and playing experience.
We are very confident that through these programmes coupled with close relationships with sponsors, partners and the local community, we will be able to deliver on our strategic plan.
Off the field we have a fantastic group of supporters, many of whom travel to our away games and follow our performances with keen interest. We also have a tremendously dedicated Committee, all of whom give their time for free to ensure that the Vine continues to be the club of choice for cricketers and supporters in the area.
I also want to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors and in particular Richard Smith at Savills. Savills’ ongoing support of our club over the years has been steadfast and we are very grateful to him for this.
This is our club, and I know we are all very proud to be associated with it. If you have suggestions, thoughts, advice, please feel free to contact myself or anyone on the Committee. As ever, we are always very happy to welcome new members, whether they are players, supporters or volunteers to help with the many aspects involved in running our club.
Enjoy the season