Following on from a full club consultation Glenrothes Cricket Club have, with ESCA approval, withdrawn our 2nd XI team from ESCA Div 4 and amalgamated it with our 3rd XI in Division 6 to create a new 2nd XI.
As a club we have a commitment to our players to provide them with a standard of cricket that best suits their ability and importantly where all players can enjoy playing at that level. By essentially dropping our 2s down 2 divisions we have the opportunity to promote the more able 2nd team players into the first team when required and have a team in Division 6 that will hopefully be more competitive.
The last few seasons have seen a number of our players move on to University, take up new jobs and many who have just retired from the game. Despite a successful Gladiators programme where we regularly see upwards of 80 children taking part in cricket and other sports we are a long way from converting these enthusiastic youngsters into viable teenage/adult cricketers. But this will happen over time.
Many clubs face similar problems in attracting new and retaining existing players but the decline in members at Glenrothes can be largely attributed to the continued delay in getting the Gilvenbank Hub clubhouse built. If this facility had been complete we would not now be in this position. Hopefully any lingering planning issues can be resolved quickly to get the facility completed early this season so we can work towards attracting members back to the club.