We are actively recruiting players of all ages and abilities. From the men’s 1st XI (Home Counties Premier League) to ‘All Star Cricket’ (ages 5+, Friday Nights) we are looking for new members to join Oxford CC.
Here at Oxford CC we boast a lovely HQ in leafy North Oxford (Jordan Hill Sports Ground, shared with Oxford University Press), easily accessible from all parts of Oxfordshire. We can offer all standards of cricket (Women’s, Men’s & Youth Teams) and we require new members today!
Many team sports have suffered lower numbers of participants as a result of (also including prior trends toward individual pursuits) the Covid-19 pandemic, and 2021 appears to be the year where these sports need to lure new talent to the fold! For the beautiful game of cricket to flourish on our green pastures, in a post-pandemic world, we must all come together and get behind the sport we know and love.
Here at Oxford CC we have placed much importance on the development of Youth Cricket over the past 3 years, an area we were sorely lacking in before. Upon appointing Arthur Muir as Director of Youth Cricket, we have seen an incredible rise in participation numbers on our famous Friday night sessions, and hopefully the fruits of his labours will bear in the not-too-distant future. We also launched a Girls XI for the first time in 2020, something we look to repeat, in order to create and maintain a gateway for the younger girls, into the women’s game.
With this part of our house now in good order, we must also look to overhauling and improving the framework and community of our adult section. We can see the problems so many clubs, nationwide, are facing, with more teams seemingly folding each season within Men’s (the Women’s game is on a more positive trajectory it seems, thankfully) ‘League Cricket’.
Our unique selling point must be the variety of on-the-field standards we can offer. A Men’s 1st XI in the highest possible division of club cricket, going down to a 4th XI mixing youth, experience, wide-eyed optimism, and veteran guile! Oxford is a transient city, we have seen more different faces and personalities than any other club in Cherwell League history (the home of the 2nd, 3rd & 4th XI’s)- many ‘Town’ alongside many ‘Gown’ in perfect harmony.
Despite the hustle & bustle of the comings and goings of a city club, we also have an established core of men’s & women’s players, who have been with the club through thick and thin, none more so than Oxfordshire cricket royalty, Rupert Evans. Rupert is still Director of Men’s Cricket, Head Coach and the beating heart of our club. The opportunity to bend Rupe’s ear at nets (finger spinners in particular!) is worth your club subscription fee alone. Rosalyn Porter, Director of Women’s & Girls Cricket, is also a valuable member of the team, putting her passion and varied skill-set to good use. The development of Women’s cricket at OCC has been the real success story of the past 5 years.
As we enter this exciting new dawn, the Covid vaccine will hopefully bring our daily lives this summer back to something approaching normal. We have been instructed by the leagues that we have entered to prepare for a full summer of cricket. This is of course subject to many parameters beyond our control, but we do so full of hope and optimism.
We welcome enquiries from all standards, ages and genders. However steadfast or tentative, please feel free to touch base at firstname.lastname@example.org