Gateshead Fell cricket club based in Low Fell is Chaired by Peter Birney and accounts for more than 500 members and spectators through their doors.
Peter Birney said, "We have a range of teams playing competitively with three junior teams and five senior teams. We also have a women's cricket team which has been going for three or four seasons which is great for women's sport in the local area. The women's team captain is also on our committee and plays a significant role in representing the club and cricket players."
One of the club's main aims is to attract and retain cricket coaches to deliver sessions to their junior and senior teams. The team at Gateshead Fell Cricket Club are good at developing young players and retaining senior players. Some of the coaches have been with the club since they were juniors and are now fully fledged coaches for both the junior and senior teams. The club are looking into starting their own way of providing coaching badge opportunities to players and members of the club.
Gateshead Fell Cricket Club have a strong community feel to their club as they have attracted many locals to their beer festival and football tournament that was held last summer. The versatility of the club makes them unique as they not only provide for the avid cricketers, they also combine their resources to cater for other community groups and clubs by allowing access to their function room and cricket house. A local Weight Watchers group and Acrobatic team regularly use the clubs function room and the group also get information from Peter about events to attend. The club also support local senior citizens in Low Fell by providing a weekly afternoon meal at the club fin which the locals can have a chat with other people and making new friends in the area.
Peter Birney went onto say, “We definitely have one of the biggest community settings as we have lovely grounds here at the club and in the summer when the grass is lush and everything is in full swing, people like to come along on a Saturday afternoon when the sun is shining, have a drink and watch some cricket. So it’s really down to that socialising, community setting that we thrive.”
Plans for the future of the club include some refurbishment for the facilities and further plans for some family/ community days in the summer such as hosting a fun dog agility show as many of the clubs spectators always have their dogs, who quite often take off chasing the cricket ball! The club also aims to support women’s cricket and are going to make plans to further increase the women’s cricket team.