As you are all aware, the club signed a long term lease agreement with Oxford University Press in April 2016 and relocated to OUP Sports Ground at Jordan Hill. Since moving to the new ground in North Oxford and changing our youth coaching sessions to Fridays evenings we have gained a number of new junior members from the new catchment area.
To build on this successful ground move, our next objective was to appoint a Head Youth Coach to improve our youth coaching programme. I am now pleased to announce that The Oxford CC committee have appointed Arthur Muir as Head Youth Coach. In the words of Newcastle United football supporters, Arthur “is one of our own”; he’s a product of our youth section. Arthur has played for the club at all youth age groups and for all senior teams, prior to taking on the captaincy of the 3rd XI last season.
Arthur is an ECB Level 2 Coach who has a degree in Coaching & Sports Development. He has been one of our club coaches for the past two years and has also gained experience coaching county development squads and through coaching in schools.
The Head Youth Coach role is crucial to the continued growth and development of Oxford CC Youth Section. Arthur will be the lead contact person for all youth cricket matters and he will be responsible for all youth cricket development activities, and coaching activities within the club. He will also ensure the club continues to operate to ECB Clubmark minimum quality standards.
Following his appointment, Arthur Muir said, “Having been through the Oxford CC youth section from the age of 7, I am excited to have this opportunity to use my experiences to continue improving and building the youth section.
This Friday night sessions at Jordan Hill during the summer was a huge success, I was thrilled to see the amount of fun that kids, coaches and parents were having on these evenings. A massive thank you to the many volunteers who worked hard during the summer and over the past few years to keep the youth section going, without these volunteers the youth section would not function.
My first job will be to set up a youth committee, which will have regular meetings before and throughout the season. This committee will be responsible for shaping and implementing our youth development programme. With this in mind, if there is anyone who would like to be involved please get in touch with me at (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will also be looking for volunteers to help with registration on a Fridays, running the BBQ and managing one of the teams.
I am looking forward to continuing building on this season’s excellent start”.
I am confident that Arthur will use his coaching experience and passion for the club to improve and expand the youth section and help the club achieve its youth development objectives. Hopefully you will join me in congratulating Arthur on his appointment; let us all support him to continue developing Oxford CC youth cricketers.
Chairma, Oxford Cricket Club