The venue is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque outgrounds in cricket and the club has joined the list of corporate pledges by making a donation to the fund; with £18,800 required to install the new facility.
Whilst the old scorebox has served Queen’s Park well down the years, the proposed new digital scoreboard will greatly enhance the spectator experience with a full display available for county matches and part display for club fixtures.
Chesterfield CC is hoping for 100 individual and 20 corporate pledges, which would raise £4,000 towards the £18,800 total cost.
Martin Guptill (pictured), a 25-year-old New Zealand Test batsman, joined the county in 2011 and played all formats of the game during the latter half of the season.
In 2012, he played in the first eight games of Derbyshire’s Division Two title-winning season, scoring 594 runs at an average just under 50 with two centuries and two fifties.
At the conclusion of the forum, there will also be an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposed changes.
The Forum date is as follows:
Following the proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, profiles of each member of the proposed six man Advisory Board are outlined here: David Griffin, Chris Grant, David Booth, Kevin Dean, Rob Tice and Sir John Gains.
Each elected Supervisory Director will be responsible for bringing independent judgment to bear on issues of strategy and business / cricket performance, thereby helping to ensure that the Supervisory Board maintains responsibility for the effective stewardship of the Club in line with Members’ interests.
The Club’s Chief Executive - Simon Storey, Finance Manager – Peter Rose and Head Coach – Karl Krikken would also sit (but not vote) on the new Supervisory Board. They would continue to be responsible for the day to day running of the Club on and off the field.
Following the first of two Members’ Forums on a proposed upgrade to the corporate governance of the Club, a list of answers to frequently asked questions is outlined here.
Over 50 members attended the forum at the County Ground, Derby, on Monday 25th February which will be replicated in the Pavilion at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, on Monday 4th March at 7pm.
Twelve members of the existing General Committee were present and a number of the questions that were answered are outlined here.
At the conclusion of both forums, there will also be an opportunity for members to ask questions about the proposed changes.
The proposal follows a General Committee Meeting on 28th January, 2013 when the Committee voted in favour of a leaner and more professional body to better represent the Club and its Membership and also to pave the way to secure ECB funding for significant ground development.
The Committee is recommending the Club moves to a model similar to that used by mutual building societies with an elected Supervisory Board of Directors comprising six individuals with the specific skills required to help run the business. These changes would ensure a better-equipped Supervisory Board to run the Club on behalf of the Members.
The latest profit comes despite an unprecedented wet summer which saw key fixtures such as the Friends Life t20 contest against Nottinghamshire Outlaws decimated by rain.
The announcement comes at a pivotal moment in the Club’s 142-year history as Members vote on a new model of governance; an integral strand of the recently announced six point strategy for the sustainability and financial security of the Club.
Chief Executive Simon Storey said: ‘After a very challenging summer for English cricket, in which we were competing with both the weather and sporting spectacles such as the London Olympics and Euro 2012; our financial results for the year are very pleasing indeed.
After opening their Barbados tour programme with a two day fixture versus Northamptonshire starting Wednesday 13th March, Derbyshire will contest the T20 Barbados Cup during the weekend that follows having been paired with Warwickshire Bears in the opening round of fixtures.
The Caribbean action concludes with a two day fixture versus Yorkshire on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March.
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