England and Wales Cricket Board Accreditation
With the decline of cricket in schools during the 1980’s many clubs began to increase their coaching effort and entered the E.C.B Youth Competition. Early success followed with the clubs U 15’s winning the Welsh Area Final at St. Helens, Swansea in 1989 by beating Gorseinon and the following year, were the area’s defeated finalists.
However, by the mid 1990’sthe clubs youth team had been reduced to fielding only one team (1) but great efforts by a dedicated band of volunteers began to create a number of teams at different age groups. In 2003, an application was made to begin the process of E.C.B Accreditation.
It took three years hard work and was attained in the summer of 2006 when the Cricket Board of Wales gave Ebbw Vale “Focus” status, only the third in Gwent and thirteenth in Wales at the time. The presentation of the Certificate was made in the lunch interval of the Glamorgan match against West Indies A match in August of that year
Since then the status has been renewed for a further three year term and the club continues to produce numerous Welsh and County Caps at all age levels, currently fielding a girls team and sides in the Gwent Coaching Organisation competitions at U9’s, U11’s, 13’s, 15’s and 17’s.
This extensive programme extends to coaching in local schools and culminating in the club hosting M.C.C Cricket Coaching Summer Camps. The first 21-23 July 2009 was followed by another 26-27 July 2010 under the national “Chance to Shine Scheme”.
In 2011 a girls only M.C.C Summer Camp is scheduled for 26 -27 July while a mixed group from the local area will follow 28-29 July. To be allocated three such summer camps by the M.C.C is a unique achievement for a welsh club.