His Royal Highness The Prince Phillip
Duke of Edinburgh, KG., KT.
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The Club Cricket Conference
A Changing Organisation
The Club Cricket Conference is an association of 1,000 clubs and leagues based in the South of England. Established in 1915 it has been through a thorough process of change to meet the needs of club cricket now and in the future offering an increasing range of services in support of its Members.
Feeding the cricketing pyramid - engaging with all levels of cricket
We are committed to embracing the interests of club cricket at all levels ranging from clubs and teams playing in parks to the upper reaches of club cricket. Our objectives are to create an environment promoting opportunities enabling clubs and players of all talents to find a level of competition which best matches their skills and to realise their full potential. We are similarly committed to finding ways by which teams playing on basic facilities can find access to better, under utilised, grounds raising standards and opportunities for all.
Representative cricket and tours
Players of Member clubs are eligible to represent the Conference play at the highest standard of amateur cricket including fixtures against the Midlands Club Cricket Conference, League Cricket Conference, MCC and touring ICC Associate and Affiliate countries and County 2nd XIs. The Conference has always fielded men's XI's, and from 2011 have embarked on a programme of Women's, and U-25 fixtures.
The Conference arranges regular overseas tours. In recent years this has included tours to Australia, the West Indies, Denmark, Oman, Italy, and annually to Jersey. We had a Centenary tour to Grenada and Barbados in November 2015.
Fixtures and grounds bureaux
The Conference has been the leading emergency fixture bureau in the country since its inception.
Our online fixture bureau is free for use by Member clubs, which will also enable Clubs to offer their own, or search for, available grounds. The bureau is open to member clubs and schools and will operate both as an emergency fixture bureau and for planning fixtures for the forthcoming season. Uniquely it will enable those seeking fixtures to describe the standard of opposition required in terms which have stood the test of time on the long running telephone bureau.
The telephone fixture bureau will continue to operate at a modest cost to clubs as before.
The Conference is committed to promoting Sunday cricket to better utilise existing facilities, to increase player participation and to promote close engagement between cricketers of all levels and backgrounds.
The Conference runs two 45/45 over knock out competitions, one of which, The Conference Cup is played on Sundays. This is open to all Member clubs with 2 or more teams on any one day. The dates of matches are arranged to enable clubs to contest both The Conference Cup and the ECB's National Cup.
The Sovereign Trophy is for representative XI's of our affliated non premier leagues (& lower divisions of ECB Premier leagues), and is played mid-week.
This service has been launched to provide a valuable knowledge base free to Member clubs.
Having the experience of over 1,000 Member clubs and leagues at our fingertips, we have the opportunity to provide solutions to a wide range of issues, topics, concerns and problems which are faced daily by club administrators, trustees and cricketers. It is extremely unlikely that any problem which a club faces today has not been dealt with by others in the Membership at some time in the past. CCC Advisory will find answers to your problems.
If we cannot find the solution immediately, then we most certainly know someone who can. This may be another club which has successfully addressed the problem or it may a lawyer, accountant, surveyor or groundsman who is able to advise on a solution.
The Conference are committed to helping Member clubs tackle the thorny situations as well as simple FAQs.
There are two key annual fundraising events, a lunch attended by over 500 people during November in the Nursery Suite at Lord's and a Golf Day held in April.