Coming on in leaps and bounds

October 27 2020

Carson’s & Mangotsfield CC member James Ward

Carson’s & Mangotsfield CC member James Ward

IT had been 25 years since I’d put the pads on, but my son James, aged nine, was keen to play England’s national sport.
With many good teams in the Downend and Mangotsfield area we plumped for Carson’s & Mangotsfield as we were impressed with the emphasis on youth.
In the seven years since there has been improvement every year, both on and off the pitch. Personal highlights are joining James in the middle requiring a dozen to win and knocking them off, and watching him in two Gloucestershire Youth finals.
It’s testament to the youth and family ethos that in the inter-club tournament on August Bank Holiday, there were eight pairs of fathers and sons playing, as well as a grandfather and grandson. Having four teams allows a mixed range of abilities to play and enjoy against team of your level.
Off the pitch, the club has come on in leaps and bounds. The three all-weather nets and bowling machine are of high quality and are constantly used during summer months. With the updating of the two cricket squares, the spectator barriers for Bromley Heath Football Club and the new children’s play area, Pomphrey Hill is a real positive place to be.
With indoor nets starting in February, restrictions permitting, it will not be long before the new season starts. Something to look forward to in these times of lockdown.

Alan Ward