Writing: Eli Moss-Marks (Year 10)
This season seven under 14s and one under 15 (all but two from DCGS) took up the challenge to be Chesham Cricket Club's Young Leaders for 2018. Young Leaders is a programme run by the England and Wales Cricket Board that has many courses including groundskeeping, coaching, umpiring, scoring and first aid. We also had to do a lot of volunteering, which included helping out the groundsman at the club to prepare the ground for the season ahead, coaching on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings and a festival where we scored and umpired throughout the day.
For the fundraising aspect of the programme, we worked as a team for the entirety of the season and pre-season to make a plan to raise money. We raised around ￡1,400, by means of a second-hand uniform sale, a football and pizza evening and a raffle. We also raised a further ￡250 through the Waitrose Community Matters scheme, bringing our total to ￡1,650; massively exceeding the required amount, which was ￡240. The money raised was donated to Cardiac Risk in the Young and also went towards a new AstroTurf wicket at Chesham Cricket Club.
On top of all this, we learnt many transferable skills, not just to do with cricket! We improved our teamwork and our organisational and communication skills through various aspects of the programme. In October we went to Lords to collect certificates to recognise our achievements and hard work throughout the year. As we were one of the most successful fundraisers, we were all interviewed by Sky presenter Matt Floyd - a great experience in itself. We would strongly recommend any student at Challoner's to take part in this course should the opportunity arise.