African Caribbean Cricket Association (ACCA) is a non-incorporated association of African & Caribbean centric cricket clubs which intend to work in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), County cricket boards , the Club Cricket Conference and ACCA affiliated member clubs.
Initially the remit will include the counties of Surrey, Middlesex, Kent and Essex. Additional regional Counties and their cricket boards will be encouraged to join as the association attains the capability to extend its scope.
The ACCA will be organised with the purpose of supporting its members in their personnel, revenue and infra-structural development.
There will be strong emphasis on engaging with young people, particularly of African Caribbean descent and their families, to encourage wider participate in cricket as a recreational pursuit.
Those individuals with aspirations of participation in cricket as a player, coach, or administrator beyond recreational level will be encouraged and supported to engage in quality accredited training programmes as dictated by the ECB's development pathway. In order to restore the community’s interest in cricket to its once former level, some skills and succession planning will be imparted through mentorship.
The aims of the association are to:
i) Develop African Caribbean Cricket Association to become a supporting umbrella association, to affiliated cricket clubs within the African Caribbean community, encouraging and assisting, them in their structural and financial development.
ii) Encourage and support the African Caribbean cricketing community to regenerate an interest in playing and supporting cricket in all formats and levels of the game.
iii) Engage and develop the interest and skills of African Caribbean youths of various ages and genders, to participate in playing and supporting cricket at all levels and in all format of the game.
iv) Explore and develop cricketing pathways and opportunities, for selected individuals of African Caribbean descent, to benefit from formal and informal coaching, trials and engagements by cricket clubs at local, county and where possible the national levels.
1) Publicise our aims and objectives, to affiliate clubs, through meetings, mail shots of various forms and the distribution of our minutes.
2) Aggressively develop outreach approaches to African Caribbean cricket clubs, inviting them to become affiliated to ACCA.
3) Solicit Invites to African Caribbean Cricket Clubs’ annual general meetings or meet with their committee or designated committee members to inform and engage them in our aims and objectives.
4) Discuss and identify with clubs their developmental needs and devise a strategy to attract African Caribbean personnel of various ages and qualification.
5) Devise a standard formula of our objectives that can be imparted to the respective African Caribbean cricket clubs by representatives of ACCA.
6) Inform them of access procedures to funding, training, partnerships and mentoring schemes that can aid them in these endeavours.
7) Devise plans and strategies in an attempt to persuade African Caribbean cricket to amalgamate their administrative and practical resources without necessarily surrendering their existing identity or finances.
8) Identify with affiliated clubs, reasons and opportunities for them to acquire home grounds and assist and support them in such undertakings. (Cost benefit analysis exercise)
9) Join efforts with that of other bodies’ initiatives, international and local, such as Surrey County Cricket Club’s Chance to Shine League and the Lord Taverners City Cup Competition. (Seek to become involved existing accredited initiatives; which includes ensuring that your club is club mark accredited; if it has a junior section)
10) Enlist the support of celebrity personnel to launch and promote African Caribbean Cricket Development Awareness and Participation Day, at local clubs during the cricket season in order to promote their recruitment and ACCCG’s aims.
11) Set up and become the reference site to which all clubs can post their events attracting universal support and attention.
12) Encourage local clubs to align themselves with local African Caribbean football teams in order to pool resources as well as safeguarding the African Caribbean community and create the opportunity to broaden the membership base.
13) Create an African Caribbean cricket league to ensure and promote unity and joint enterprise among representative African Caribbean cricket clubs. The final may be hosted at a County ground or a local Cub.
14) In a similar vein, arrange amalgamated memorial cricket games commemoration cricketing and non cricketer deceased, while inviting bereaved families’ sponsorship of awards and goods in kind.
15) Encourage clubs affiliation to Surrey and other local Counties which confer representation and voting rights amongst other rights and benefits. (Affiliation to their respective county cricket board, while the ACCCG seek to obtain a group affiliation)
16) Facilitate local club nominees to access formal cricket coaching, umpire training and certification which may have the additional benefit of keeping retired former players and non players who can add value involved with the sport and/or promoting ACCA’s endeavours.
17) Facilitate and encourage CBR checks (Now enhanced certificate issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service DBS)