Congratulations to Irish Cricket

“It is encouraging to see players from all age groups achieve success in European Tournaments. The success of the Irish Cricket teams promotes participation to other younger members of the community and portrays a good, hardworking reputation. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the senior team all the best in tomorrow’s match at Lords and that the success of Irish cricket continues.”success of Irish cricket continues.”

The Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) have commissioned consultants Adventure Activity Associates Ltd. to look at both statutory and non-statutory options for accreditation aimed at supporting high standards of safety and quality in adventure activity provision by educational bodies, voluntary organisations and commercial providers. Adventure Activity Associates Ltd. have recently reported on research in Great Britain into non-statutory options for accreditation of this kind and have now been asked to examine similar possibilities in Northern Ireland. This Research project ends in April 2007. Nick Harkness of SCNI said “This is a great opportunity for us to develop arrangements that will work for both providers and consumers”

In Northern Ireland we rely heavily on the work undertaken by a wide range of people within our sporting system. Without these people - SDOs, administrators - coaches, leaders, teachers, officials, club officers etc. The junior club development pack continues to act as the UK standard in this area and underpins the club development and training programme delivered throughout the country. The process of selection and preparation for the performers who participate in the Golden Cow Youth Games commences almost one year ahead of the event. Between April and September each year talented performers from across the province are nominated by their schools and clubs to undergo trials for selection onto the respective Regional Development Squads (RDS).