The busy winter has begun for the Steelbacks in the Community team as they are busy delivering cricket around the County. There have also been some exciting achievements all around the County to celebrate over the last few weeks.

It was World Mental Health Day on October 10th which provided a great opportunity to spread a message of open communication and problem sharing with NCCC’s sponsor – Northamptonshire Healthcare Trust.

Northamptonshire players and coaching staff delivered a key message to help those that need help to find it and share their problems, make sure to watch below.

There has been a few major achievements in the Northamptonshire cricket community over the last few weeks, starting with Northamptonshire Womens’s player, Josie Groves, being named in the U19 Women’s England Squad!

Josie played for NWCCC all the way through form Under 11’s and now will be representing her country in South Africa at the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. A massive congratulations to Josie, we all wish you luck for January.

Another superb achievement came a little further outside of Northamptonshire as the Luton Steelbacks Academy received their official kit at The County Ground last week.

The academy, launched in collaboration with The Shared Learning Trust, offers a sixth form programme that combines professional cricket training with academic studies.

Read more about the programme and how excited the lads were to receive their kit here.

As always, there are several ways you can get involved and help the community team at the moment. Firstly there are two player surveys that need responses – one women and girls cricket specific and one general Northamptonshire players. Please do complete them below if you have a few spare minutes and they are relevant.

There is an even more hands-on way to join the community team as they are searching for a new Under 11’s Pathway Girls Cricket Coach. This fantastic opportunity to get involved in coaching cricket in Northamptonshire is not to be missed. More information below.

Lastly, the October half-term cricket camps took place this week with juniors across the County working towards their bronze, silver and gold awards in batting, bowling and fielding. The video below shows what the camps are all about as well as the juniors in action. Learn more about the programme and get involved now by contacting [email protected]