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24 Jan

Manningham Cricket Centre continues to inspire youngsters

Local cricketers have celebrated ten years since the creation of the Manningham Cricket Centre, which has been giving opportunities to aspiring players since it first came to being.

A celebratory coaching session was held for youngsters on 5 January at the Manningham Sports Centre, in which they were taught the skills of batting, bowling, aiming and teamwork prior to weekly sessions beginning in 2014.

The Manningham Cricket Centre happens to be one of 12 Black and Ethnic Minority Cricket Development Centres designated by the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB).

It first began ten years ago when different cricket clubs around the area united to help develop the cricketing sport for local youngsters and take on talented players.

“Each year we’ve been progressing and now we have a team for every age group.”

Taj Butt – Manningham Sports Centre Secretary

Taj Butt, Secretary at the Manningham Sports Centre and the Great Horton Church club told The Bradfordian: “We used to meet up on a regular basis and see what development was needed. The main thing was to recruit young people into our clubs.

“So we set up this session at the Manningham Sports Centre on a Sunday morning. Any kid that stood out, used to get recruited into the clubs.

Over the last ten years, the Manningham Cricket Centre has been organising coaching sessions and has selected kids to represent some of the local junior clubs in Bradford.

Usman Arshad, who made his debut for Durham County Cricket Club and signed a professional contract last year attended the very first session at the centre.

Following his skills, he went on to play for the local Great Horton Church Cricket Club before being spotted by Durham.

The local Great Horton Church Cricket Club – which gained the Clubmark accreditation in 2010 – is looking forward to further success as it will be running its under 9’s, under 11’s, under 13’s and under 15’s teams for the coming season.

Mr Butt said: “Each year we’ve been progressing and now we have a team for every age group. This year, the Great Horton Church Cricket Club will also start a girls-only team for the coming season.”

Sessions for young cricketers aged six to 13 are currently being held at the Manningham Sports Centre. A session costs £2.50 per person with a discount to £1.50 for Passport To Leisure card holders.

If you would like to know more, please contact Mr Butt on


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