Osborne Park Cricket Club is looking to double its membership to avoid folding in its 100th year – it needs more men over 36 to join their ranks.
OSBORNE Park Cricket Club wants to double its membership base to avoid folding in its 100th year.
Vice-president Damien Bainbridge said the club planned to celebrate its centenary this year, but was struggling to maintain members because of the area’s changing demographic and work-life demands.
He was concerned the Robinson Reserve-based club in Tuart Hill would be unable to continue if the decline persisted.
“It’s very hard to develop a club when the park’s facilities are in such a great need of repair and upgrading,” he said.
“We are looking forward to 2020 when plans for the rooms and training nets will be put forward from the City of Stirling. We need to see the club double in size… providing a possible three to four teams.”
Mr Bainbridge retired from playing cricket in 2009 after 20 seasons but returned to the field this year, establishing the club’s veterans team in the Metropolitan Veterans Cricket Association competition, which plays fortnightly on Sundays.
“The new inclusion of the vets team has shown that the club has a family atmosphere, with lots of young children being allowed to roam and play in the reserve,” he said.
The team has 15 players but is seeking more men aged over 36 to join so it can field two teams next year.
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