Tower Hamlets CC
In June 2008, Capital Kids Cricket appointed Shahidul Alam Ratan as Development Head Coach with an introduction from Middlesex County Cricket Board. He was asked to develop cricket in East London, particularly the Tower Hamlets area.
In 2009, Capital Kids Cricket took a leading role in establishing THCC by assigning Ratan to assist with, coaching, team management, organising fixtures, running games, and encouraging local young people to join the club by running satellite training centres.
CKC is able to do this due to support from its trustees, financial support from CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, CKC’s own funding, Chance to Shine, Middlesex Cricket Board and London Tigers.
Alongside CKC, London Tigers played a key part in the success of THCC –
In particular, support came from Jawa Ali who, amongst other things, drove the mini bus to take the teams to their matches. Through fundraising, London Tigers and CKC were able to raise funds to sustain the club. Steve Bond, the club's secretary, gave up a lot of his own time in making sure that the club was entered in a variety of leagues and succesfully completed the Clubmark process.
Canary Wharf Group played a big part in the club's development and has provided financial support over the last 4 years to ensure Tower Hamlets CC's continued growth. Mr. Zakir Khan, Canary Wharf Group's Head of Community Affairs, never let the club down when it required support.
The club began in 2010, with one under-17 team entering the Middlesex Colts Cricket league. Most of the players were aged 14-16 at the time. During the same period, Middlesex Cricket Board gave Ratan the opportunity to complete the UKCC ECB Tutor’s course. Ratan encouraged most of the club's players to attend the ECB Young Leaders Course which leads on to the UKCC Level 1 and 2 courses. A number of these courses were subsidised by Middlesex and Street Chance programs.
Since then, at least 20 coaches from East London have become level 2 qualified and another 15 coaches have gained a level 1 qualification. A number of these qualified coaches have gone on to volunteer for THCC, work in schools and run satellite and club sessions under the guidance of CKC. Five THCC adult players are now working as part time coaches with Middlesex, Essex and CKC projects and a further three of them are working full time for the Middlesex and Surrey County Cricket Boards. Having at least 20 qualified coaches regularly representing Towet Hamlets CC makes the club one of the most extraordinary in England. Other members of the adults team have also become club volunteers and assist in managing and running the adults and colts teams.
The club has achieved “Clubmark” status in 2011 and was awarded it again in 2015.