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BUILDING A DIVERSE COMMUNITY THROUGH SPORT

140 YEARS OF SPORT AT MOYLENA

Muckamore Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club was established in 1874 by York Street Flax Spinning Company. For the next 100 years it was to remain a foundation stone of a small village community. It is now one of the premier clubs in Northern Cricket Union (NCU) - having previously won both the Senior Cup and the Senior League.

The Clubs approach has been to promote a thriving youth programme with the introduction of our own qualified Youth Coaches. This has enhanced and invigorated the club. We also have our resident tennis coach Ryan Gamble encouraging and developing both youth and adult players.

The Cricket section has grown from 2 to 6 senior teams with weekend play, 2 mid-week teams and an ever growing Ladies section. Youth members are extensively coached and play competitive League and Cup games at various age groups.

We have members from a wide catchment area and we are delighted to have attracted a large number of Asian players who have brought their passion, knowledge and love for cricket into the club.

 
 

Member Testimonials

A few of our members have outlined their own little story and experience with becoming a member of Muckamore. We aim to show that no matter your age, race, experience, fitness etc etc there is always a place at Muckamore and the opportunity to join in with us as a growing sporting community! 

 
 
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The Bluebelles story

Our Muckamore ladies team only began in 2014. We are a new team but with the help and support from our coaches and the wider club support we are advancing greatly! Our team are a varied mix of backgrounds ranging from mothers and daughters to hockey players and those who were completely new to team sport! Our team ages range from 16 right up with no age barrier. We get together on Thursday evenings for practice and have a good giggle at each other as well as supporting and aiding each other. We play Sunday matches against other teams from across Northern Ireland - and usually have McFlurries en route home if we win!

I came down to Muckamore after seeing that a new Ladies team was starting up as organised by Elaine Henderson :)
I didn’t understand cricket at all but wanted to do something different and outside of my routine so off I trot. Very glad I did! I’m now part of a team and surrounded by women I now call friends - and I partially understand cricket now haha
— Zoe Baysting
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Benny george oduvelil

When I moved to Antrim in 2005 I heard about Muckamore Cricket Club. One Day I went to watch a cricket match and this gave me the opportunity to see the club facilities and meet with members. I was excited to see both young and senior players playing together, I realised that there were no age barriers, everyone was welcome to play cricket. I started playing in 2013 and the very next year I became captain of the 4th X1 and have continued in this capacity to date. Muckamore proudly promotes full cultural integration which gives opportunities for many from asian origin. 

I believe that this positive culture within the club has encouraged the children of asian players to develop and achieve their highest goals and dreams of cricket. I am so privileged to have been able to meet and establish productive relationships with all members, in both playing and the social aspect of cricket.
— Benny

Marc & Charlotte Irvine

My two children Marc (8) and Charlotte (6) have been training with the youth coaches from the 2017 season. They have never played the sport before but I have realised how brilliant cricket is as an all round sport for their development. It’s such a varied sport from batting and bowling to fielding and even the mental aspect of understanding the game. They both love it and think the coaches are great. Its really helped their confidence and socialising as they are making new friends at the club
— David Irvine