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The best cricket club in the Bristol area…even if we do say so ourselves.

About us

OBWs is a warm, friendly and welcoming club open to all ages, abilities and disabilities. Based in leafy Failand, on the outskirts of Bristol, we’re just a cow-shot or two from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. We’re blessed with having one of the largest playing areas in the region, allowing us to host two league matches at home every Saturday. Practice facilities include a mobile grass wicket net, three fixed nets and a bowling machine for when our bowlers have had enough. We’ve got a great clubhouse too, managed superbly by Nick and Lisa who provide THE best teas in the league (just ask all our visiting sides!); wonderful facilities for both player and spectator alike. In 2020 our 1st XI will play in the WEPL Bristol & North Somerset league and our 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI’s will play in the Bristol & District League in Division 3, 10 and 13 respectively. Our junior sides play across the Bristol and District Youth Leagues and North Somerset Youth Cricket Leagues dependent on age group and our Ladies side play in the Gloucestershire Ladies Leagues as well as arranging a number of friendly fixtures throughout the season. We’re extremely proud of our youth section which has been so important to our club’s growth and development in recent years. Many of the 1st XI team first played as U9’s including Finlay Yates (U17) and Oli Meadows (U16) who went on to top the 1st XI batting averages in 2019. Altogether 7 of our U19 players represented the 1st XI league champions side in 2019; who said you can’t win anything with youngsters ?! Across the club, a huge number of U13 to U15 players (both boys and girls) were fundamental to the success of our 2nd and 3rd XI sides and were instrumental in the promotion of our 4th XI. The flow of promising young cricketers at OBWs continues, promising a bright future for many more seasons to come! Our youth setup includes All Stars Cricket (ages 5-8) as well as all age groups from U9 all the way up to U19 thanks to the support of our superb volunteer coaches and a number of parent helpers. During May and June in particular, there are games on at Failand almost every evening, as we compete in league and cup competitions across each age group. Our Ladies team is well-established within the club and renowned as one of the friendliest on the circuit. Our Failand home hosts around 40 senior and 20 youth matches every season, as well as being used by various representative and guest teams midweek looking for a wonderful ground with excellent facilities. With so many games throughout the summer, and a hugely popular All Stars programme on a Friday night, you’re never short of watching some entertaining cricket at OBWs. And, in case you’re wondering, being on the boundary rope of North Somerset and South Gloucestershire we’re happy to say we support both county teams, Somerset and Gloucestershire! Indeed, many of our juniors have played representative cricket for both. Needless to say, sporting rivalries are left to one side as soon as you step into the ground; well, for a moment or two at least. But even if you don’t actually play cricket yourself you can always join in the fun of our Fantasy Club Cricket competition; details of our 2020 competition will be announced in April. In 2019 the hotly contested trophy was lifted by 4th XI stalwart Andy Bevan.

History

Established in 1995 following the merger of Old Bristolians CC and Westbury CC, OBW’s are proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2020. For cricketing historians keen to learn more we’ll be updating this section in the coming months once plans for our silver anniversary are announced. Watch this space!

New members

We welcome players, coaches, volunteers and supporters of any age, gender, race and ability. We’re always on the look out for new cricketers; not that our current ones aren’t any good but we just get bored hearing the same old stories. And some relocate to places like London and other small villages, but always end up coming back at some point asking to be let back in. For non-cricketers too, we’re equally keen to hear from anyone who’d like to get involved in the club in some capacity or other. Scoring, umpiring, a bit of groundwork or some light administration – there’s lots of ways to help and be part of an amazing OBW family ! If you’re interested please get in touch!

Men’s Saturday Cricket

In 2020 our Saturday teams will play in the following leagues : To find out more please contact our 2020 captains :
  • 1st XI      Stu McArthur (07881 247140)
  • 2nd XI     Dan Langan (07916 092522)
  • 3rd XI      Jon Sheeran (07739 755536)
  • 4th XI      Craig Strachan (07792 990580
Winter training (for Seniors and Under 17s)
  • Sunday 2nd February 2020 to Sunday 5th April 2020
  • 18.00hrs to 19.30hrs
 
  • Bristol Grammar School Sports Hall – please CLICK HERE for a map
Summer training (for Seniors and Under 17s)
  • Thursday 16th April to Thursday 27th August
  • 18.30hrs to 20.00hrs
  • Hot food and refreshments are available afterwards so no-one need miss their dinner !
 
  • Memorial Playing Fields, Failand – please CLICK HERE for a map
Adverse weather If a training session is cancelled due to adverse weather, you’ll hear about it first on WhatsApp. New players New players, of all abilities, are more than welcome to attend – just come along and introduce yourself!

Ladies Cricket

Our Ladies team play in the GCB competitive league which offers the ability to play 20-35over matches.Please contact Steph if you would like to know more about women’s cricket at OBWCC.

Youth Cricket

We’re very proud of our vibrant youth section and there’s a full fixture list of competitive league, cup and friendly matches throughout the summer for both boys and girls, to suit all levels of ability. A season rarely passes without significant success in either league or cup competitions and many players have progressed to play at both District and County level. But, whatever, your level our aim is to ensure it’s all about participation and fun. To find out more please get in touch with one of our team : Youth Cricket Secretary: Gaya Barnes (07788 746085) Club Welfare Officer : Will Penny (07966 025131)
  • Under 9 (All-Stars) – Gareth Griffiths (07790 022730)
  • Under 11 – Richard Glynne-Jones (07736 722324)
  • Under 13 – Paul Snelling (07710 171970)
  • Under 15 – Craig Strachan (07792 990580)
  • Under 17 – Alex Harris (07596 562649)
  • Under 19 – Alex Harris (07596 562649)
 Winter training
  • Sunday 19th January 2020 to Sunday 5th April 2020
  • U9 & U11 – 4pm – 5pm
  • U13 – 4:30pm – 6pm
  • U15 – 5pm – 6pm plus very welcome to stay for senior nets (6pm – 7:30pm)
  • Bristol Grammar School Sports Hall – please CLICK HERE for a map
  Summer training
  • Friday 17th April to Friday 28th August
  • 18.00hrs to 20.00hrs
   
  • Memorial Playing Fields, Failand – please CLICK HERE for a map
Adverse weather If a training session is cancelled due to adverse weather, we’ll communicate this news asap via email. New players New players, of all abilities, are more than welcome to attend; just come along and introduce yourself! Matches:  Fixtures will be communicated once they’re scheduled by the League and everyone will then be asked about their availability for these games. We aim to give all children who attend training the chance to play in as many matches as we can throughout the season.  Details of adult matches for which junior players aged 13 and over may be selected will be provided separately in the club handbook and are available on Play Cricket 20 over games usually last about 2½ – 3 hours and your child’s coach will advise you what time to meet for games; weekday matches start at 6pm and Sunday matches will be confirmed nearer the date. Refreshments are usually provided for players but your child might want to bring a water bottle as well.  Do please come along and watch as it’s always great to have support and build a nice ‘club’ atmosphere.  You can bring your own refreshments although many clubs do offer soft drinks, tea and coffee etc … and some even have a licensed bar! Our Youth Registration form is important as it contains your contact details and consent for your child to take part in the Club’s activities and receive medical treatment in the event of an accident.  To ensure your child is eligible to play in matches please complete it and submit it with your child’s subscription fee as soon as possible, and by no later than the first scheduled match. Clothing and equipment:  Appropriate sports clothing should be worn for training sessions and matches; including sports shoes, clothing suitable for running, stretching and falling onto grass.  For matches, cricket whites are nice but not essential at this level.  Until your child is certain that he or she wants to continue playing, we suggest wearing a white shirt (e.g. a school PE polo shirt), long sports trousers and, if possible, a light coloured jumper or sweat shirt for matches.  For those who know we’re the place to be, OBWCC kit can also be bought from our CLUB SHOP. Under 13s and Under 15s matches are played with a traditional hard cricket ball and protective equipment is available.  However, we recommend players buy their own ‘box’ protector and suitable briefs to put it in.  The Under 9s and Under 11s will use a softer ball.  Don’t worry if your child doesn’t have a cricket bat, as we have several for use. And remember if the weather is likely to be sunny, sun cream and a hat are strongly recommended. For our youngest members we also run a highly popular ECB’s All Stars Programme on a Friday night as a fantastic introduction to cricket; non-stop fun over 8 weeks for boys and girls from 5-8 years old. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing children with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment. These sessions are held on Friday night at the club. To find out more contact OBWs All Stars Activator: Gareth Griffiths – 07790 022730 & garethgriffiths100@hotmail.co.uk

How to find us

Old Bristolians Westbury Cricket Club Memorial Playing Field Longwood Lane Failand, Bristol BS8 3TQ Tel. 01275 392 137 The Club in based in Failand, which is on the opposite side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge from Clifton. It is situated in Longwood Lane, which is just off Beggar Bush Lane. It’s about a 5 minute drive from Clifton Village and less than 10 minutes from Central Bristol.

Why join us?

  • There’s a team with your name on it, whatever your skill and aspiration …
    • … with 4 Saturday sides playing in the WEPL and Bristol & District leagues; friendly fixtures and ladies matches on a Sunday; cup matches and youth games throughout the week
  • We’ve got a thriving youth section run by a talented team of enthusiastic and qualified coaches
    • … whether you’re new to the game, new to the area or are, simply, looking for somewhere different for your child to play we’ll ensure your son or daughter is given the opportunity to grow and develop at their own pace in a fun and friendly environment
  • You’ll find plenty of like-minded souls ready to share a story or two over a drink …
    • … whether you’re a self-confessed geek who eats, sleeps and breathes the game, or you over indulged in your youth and are stepping back into it again – or you’re completely new to the sport after the excitement of the World Cup – we have all sorts here!
  • We appreciate some of you have a life outside cricket … honestly!
    • … family and other social commitments can sometimes get in the way of regular cricket over the summer so whilst we’d love you to be available every week, yes, we know you’ll sometimes have other plans; just let us know when you’re back and we’ll update you on what you’ve missed!
  • Whichever side you turn out for we’re ‘one club’
    • … good natured banter both within and between teams is at the heart of OBW’s culture and no matter what side you play for everyone is always keen to know how you get on, win, lose or tie … as long as you enjoy yourself and so do your team-mates!
  • Our social fun continues throughout the year …
    • … from winter nets in January, to a season from April to September, then 3 months to reminisce on the fun from the summer, you’ll usually find a cohort of friends to socialise with at the regular haunt of Rack’s in Clifton.
  • We’re accredited with an ECB Clubmark …
    • …demonstrating that we keep pace with the best practice in encouraging and delivering high quality community cricket in a safe, effective and child-friendly way. ECB Clubmark Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes:
      • Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children
      • The Cricket Programme
      • Knowing your club and its Community – One Game
      • Club Management
  • OK, we know it can be a cruel game too but you’ll be in good company …
    • … with a band of brothers (and sisters) who’ve seen their giddy share of ups and downs over the years; excitable promotions and emotional relegations, personal triumphs and desperate despair. You’ll not be alone
  • Very simply, there’s no club quite like OBW’s
    • … besides the banter, beer and barbecues in 2019 OBWs still found time to get two sides promoted, reach the semi-finals of the Tony Hitch Knockout and quarter finals of the Somerset Intermediate Cup. We had 3 players representing the Bristol & District League side and had countless youth players playing representative and district cricket for Somerset and Gloucestershire at U17 and U15 level. Added to that we enjoyed the most fantastic of teas lovingly prepared by Nick and Lisa every Saturday! Where else would you prefer to spend your summer ?!

Safeguarding and child protection

OBWCC is firmly and enthusiastically committed to ensuring that cricket provides a safe, friendly and enjoyable experience for all children. Safeguarding in Cricket is based upon the concept of providing an enjoyable cricket environment that is tailored to the needs and requirements of children. The ECB safeguarding children and child-protection website contains full details of that Policy and other relevant documentation including information on vetting checks (more commonly known as Criminal Records Bureau checks). OBWCC fully supports the ECB Safe Hands Policy. All our coaches & volunteers are subject to the relevent Vetting checks and our coaches are all affiliated to the ECB Coaches Association. ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and is licensed from Sport England as part of their wider Clubmark scheme. ECB Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means the club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people. To obtain accreditation, clubs are asked to provide evidence that they meet a series of criteria. This is done by loading evidence onto an online portal and by demonstrating good practice at a site visit conducted by an allocated Club Support Officer. A copy of the criteria can be found here. Accreditation lasts for 3 years at which point the club will complete a re-accreditation exercise. In the intervening 2 years there is a requirement to complete an annual health check to maintain accreditation.

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