Members' Forum - 27.01.2020
Leicestershire CCC held the first Members’ Forum of 2020 this evening with the club outlining a number of exciting plans for the season.
Chair Mehmooda Duke MBE DL and Chief Executive Karen Rothery opened the evening, where a number of key areas were discussed.
Head Coach Paul Nixon and Head of Talent Pathway Alastair Maiden got the evening underway with the focus on the new cricket strategy.
Paul proceeded to discuss the first team playing squad with academy graduates Alex Evans and Nat Bowley being the latest players to sign professional contracts with the club. Other players to have signed new deals include Colin Ackermann, Callum Parkinson, Harry Swindells, Harry Dearden, Dieter Klein and Sam Evans.
The club then highlighted their intention to bring in an overseas player for white ball competitions and are working hard on recruitment.
Alastair Maiden discussed his views of the Leicestershire academy and pathway system having been in post since the beginning of the month.
Alastair went on to talk about the importance of developing young talent, which is a key part of the club’s new cricket strategy.
To round off this section, the club went on to discuss the 2020 kit following a new partnership with Surridge Sport Training samples were shown, while the three new shirt designs will be launched soon.
Board Director Steve Kind then gave an overview of the club’s finances and explained that LCCC has worked tirelessly to reduce its cost base whilst also producing a new commercial plan to drive more income into the Fischer County Ground.
Steve spoke about the importance of the loan from Leicester City Council, who are one of the club’s key stakeholders.
It was then outlined that the club had a number of ideas for long-term viability and sustainability that were put to the Members for consideration.
Board Directors Sean Jarvis and Chris Tinbergen then spoke about the club’s ambitious commercial plans.
Sean and Chris outlined the new commercial structure that the club has adopted including the new £99 Membership structure, the launch of the Foxes 50 Business Club, and the Commercial Committee that has been put together.
The duo then went on to discuss the plan for growing Memberships which focusses on a retention and recruitment campaign to grow the numbers at the Fischer County Ground.
The focus then changed to the T20 competition. The club is running a number of campaigns to attract people to come and enjoy the shortest format and these initiatives are running alongside Leicester City, Leicester Tigers and Leicester Riders as well as grassroot cricket clubs within Leicestershire and Rutland.
Board Advisor Geoff Milnes spoke about improvements for the Fischer County Ground which are planned as part of a new ECB funding initiative. This will deliver a better customer experience for all visitors to the venue.
In conclusion, Leicestershire CCC invited questions from Members. The club plans to hold more of the events in the future to keep communication channels open with Members and share the latest news from the Fischer County Ground.