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Carrickfergus CC appoint new Club Coach

Carrickfergus CC is delighted to announce the appointment of Ally McCalmont as Club Coach for the 2019 Season. Ally takes on the role of Club Coach having been instrumental in the success of the Carrick Cubs programme designed for Primary School kids, and been involved in the Youth set-ups of the Northern Cricket Union for a number of years.

Ally will oversee Club Practice nights on Tuesday’s from 6.30pm, along with joining the coaching team on Monday evenings for Youth Practice and Women’s Practice.

Speaking about the appointment, Ally said “I am delighted to be appointed into this Club coaching role with Carrickfergus CC for the 2019 season. I have been involved with Carrick for over 30 years now am really excited about this opportunity to continue to take the whole Club forward.

Cricket, like many other activities nowadays, has it challenges so I am looking forward to putting in place plans to allow all of our players to enjoy their training sessions during the week, developing their technical, physical and mental skills to take into matches for the Club.

Right now, in my opinion, we have the most talented squad of players that the Club has ever had in its 150 year history and we are really looking forward to a successful campaign.”

Carrickfergus CC has also embarked on an ambitious youth development strategy aimed at nurturing and developing its young talent into future Premier League and representative players.

The 2019 season commenced for the youth players in early January and together with the Club’s investment in coach development, the rewards are already beginning to show. Over 30 young players took part in a programme to further develop their batting, bowling and fielding core skills. Already the Club has seen success at Youth level, along with the Women’s XI winning their first ever game.

Robin Arbuthnot, Youth Convenor for Carrickfergus CC said, “It is an exciting time for our Club as we see young players rapidly progress in the game. We know we have future Premier League and representative players with us now as well as young people who will go on to be the backbone of our club in the future. We are lucky to have a dedicated team of coaches who not only are committed to the development of the young people but also are passionate on effectively progressing them into senior cricket. With the talent coming through I have no doubt our club will be a competitive and successful Premier League club for many years to come.”

If you are interested in getting involved in Cricket, training times are as follows;


Women’s Practice: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

U11 Practice: 6.30pm – 8.00pm

U13 & U15 Practice: 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Club Practice: 6.30pm – 8.30pm


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