Scintilla Cricket Club is based in Barking & Dagenham but boasts its members from all over the great city of London. In 2003, a group of very close friends (five or six) from four corners of London used to regularly meet at Regents Park on a sundayafter noon to play ‘taped-tennis cricket’ (a tennis ball is wrapped around by selotape).
As the circle of friends gathering at Regents Park increased, so did the hunger to play their favorite sport at a friendly but in a competitive atmosphere. Very soon a name for the team emerged as CORONA Cricket Club. In 2005 CORONA entered and successfully clinched the ‘All London Cricket League’ title. The club’s founders were: Mr A Naser, Mr D Paul, Mr S Ezdi and Mr S M Z Hossain.
After tasting success in its first year of competitive outing, we sought more success. Unfortunately, with success we needed funds to pay for operating costs. Until then, the club had been running on the generous donations made by its founders. Unfortunately, the club had to cease playing league cricket due to expensive costs – but decided to meet at least couple of times a year to play friendly matches.
The high spirit of cricket re-emerged amongst some of the co-founders of CORONA and decided to make cricket a community sport rather than just fulfilling individual satisfaction. We decided to take cricket to our community because this is something that we can offer to our friends, families, neighbors and visitors. Everyone will agree that a sport is a strong medium of unity, harmony, cohesion and integration. And, we all have duties and responsibilities towards our society.
SCINTILLA CRICKET CLUB was formed in May 2006. We identified ourselves as a Barking & Dagenham based club with the aim of making the club accessible to whole of East London.
Club was established for the purpose of engaging young people who are disaffected in society into main stream provisions through the medium of sports. It brings young people from all backgrounds and ability together, using sports as a vehicle. The aim of the organisation is to use sport to reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and drug use among 12-25 years old within our local neighbourhood. It also aims to promote talented players and introduce them to professional cricket clubs. The intended outcomes are;
To support young people, vulnerable or disengaged from education, training or employment, or at risk of substance abuse, teenage pregnancy or involvement in crime.
To raise education standards through workshops and education workshops (including residential workshops outside of Barking and Dagenham), Coaching Courses, to build their confidence, self-esteem, respect and discipline.
To provide high standard of information, advice and guidance, making it more tailored to the needs of young people which is relevant to today’s world of work.
To increase awareness about equality and diversity issues and their role in society.
To educate and encourage participation engagement as citizens in government, (at all levels) community development and regeneration and more generally decision making in society that affects them directly or indirectly.
Equip young people with the necessary skills to make a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Working in partnership with Middlesex County and other clubs in developing professional cricketers and coaches|