Sports dinners, club dinners and charity dinners are held throughout the year and the bigger the dinner the more important it is to have quality speakers and good MC. For over 30 years cricket clubs and unions have operated with a combination of unpaid local speakers and a plethora of expensive high profile sporting personalities. The paid speakers have been a motley array loosely covered under “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” banner which means some have been excellent and well worth their big fee while others have been poor and barely worth the expense of their flight and hotel room. It is very important to get a quality after-dinner speaker, as more often than not it is the speaker that draws the crowd and ultimately makes the biggest contribution to the success of the evening. There are a small number of excellent local speakers on the market and also some very good sporting personalities available, but you need to do your research to ensure you get the best!
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Catering has always been an integral part of cricket and cricket teas all over the world are compared for their quality and delivery. Some clubs do in-house catering with their Ladies committee, other hire outside caterers and some do a mixture of both. But catering is only one link between dining and cricket as cricketers regularly eat out and when supporters are visiting other grounds many of them venture into the town or villages before, during and after the game to have a coffee or a meal. In this section we feature restaurants and catering services close to cricket grounds and cricket people.
Sugarcane Café Bistro
Comber Co Down
Tel: 028 9187 3388
Award winning Sugarcane bistro is located in the historic Comber Square. Open 7 days per week our focus is sourcing and serving the best of Northern Irish produce such as Hannans Himalayan salt aged beef and Walter Ewing’s famous smoked salmon. We bake scones daily and these are best washed down with a cup of Suki tea or a hand crafted Italian coffee. We also serve a selection of Northern Irish craft beers. No booking required.
The Peppercorn Bistro Comber
6 Castle Street
Phone:028 9187 8888
A fantastic local restuarant serving a wide range of mouth watering food. A wide range of food available to suit everyones needs. Glucose free menu available.
Located just off the square, you certainly won't leave the Peppercorn with an empty stomach! Large portions and tasty grub. A vast variety of specialist drinks and coffees available for sit in or take away.
Thursday Evenings - Dine in style at The Peppercorn Bistro and enjoy live music from well known, local singer Matty Rea from 6.30 to 8.30. Book or come on the night. Bring your own bottle. Why not join us for a great night!
Try the Peppercorn for a great meal!
Never has financial advice been more important than in the modern era.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much you earn because financial decisions are part of everyone’s lives and getting them right is the doorway to financial security. If we have learned anything from the global demise that has been with us since 2008 it is the importance of professional advice from people you trust and have the integrity and knowledge to meet your financial objectives.
Fortunately within the cricket community we have a number of experts in a variety of financial sectors including financial planning, investment, savings, pensions and banking. Selecting or changing your financial advisor is a huge decision and getting it right is very important.
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7 Donegall Square West
Belfast, BT1 6JH
+44(0)28 9091 8275
We live and play in an era where there are more overnight stops that ever before. Representative teams from all over the world come to stay and play cricket in Ireland and many internal competitions involve up to one-week stopovers. For the top club teams competing in national competitions an overnight stop might involve 1-2 nights for players and supporters so it is important to have a network of tried and tested hotels that are close to the venue and offer the best packages.
Quite often local clubs are asked for their advice, but just as often club captains and secretaries have to source the Internet to see what is available. We are making the choice easier by offering contact details of good hotels in this section.
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The Insurance industry embraces many aspects of our lives and while we may lament the cost and outlay for a service we may never use we can’t do without it because the risk is too high.
The fundamental value of insurance is getting the right cover at the best price and that means getting the right advice. It is vital when getting advice to deal with companies, agents and brokers with a proven track record of expertise and customer service delivery. The Internet has provided many people with an opportunity to source their own cover, but in a business where risk is an integral part of its culture, sourcing the cheapest premium is not necessarily the best option. There is no substitute for the face to face assessment when it comes to getting good insurance advice so why go to the trouble of scanning the Internet for the best products when good insurance advisors are available and they have all the expertise at the touch of their fingertips?
There are many aspects of personal insurance to consider-life, property, personal accident, car and home.
But what happens when you hit a cricket or golf ball, which causes damage or personal injury? Are you covered? Is the club covered, or do you simply not know?
We take a lot for granted in the modern world, but we don’t know if the driver in the other car has insurance or in many instances whether our own club or the club where we play has adequate insurance cover. Have clubs got the right cover to protect them against injuries, damage and the elements?
This is a huge subject that cricketers and clubs should address immediately and fortunately we have insurance experts within the cricket fraternity that can help and advise.
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We live, work and play in the electronic age and virtually everyone has a connection with the Internet through social media, personal email or browsing for information. Most of us can manage our personal IT needs, but when we move into website construction, maintenance or design we are usually moving out of our depth. This is clearly seen in the quality of cricket websites throughout Ireland as they vary from excellent to basic, but worse still, many are dated and not used to their full potential. There’s no point having a website if it isn’t being used to fulfil its objectives and every club needs to look at their website and make a business decision on its quality.
There are good website developers, designers and webmasters who can offer a wide range of IT services and make a website user-friendly, attractive, current, informative and a source of revenue.
Unless you are a lawyer you will struggle when it comes to doing legal work.
In the past seeking advice from a lawyer was usually limited to house purchase, but the world has changed and there are many reasons why you may need the services of a lawyer in the modern era. For example, you will always need a Will whether you are young or old, or you may be involved in litigation whether intentionally or inadvertently, or you may need legal advice in your business or because of a problem at work. In certain unforeseen circumstances you may need to make a claim or you may need legal advice to deal with a potential claim.
In all these situations it is important to deal with people you trust and who have the expertise to deal with the matter involved. In most situations it is of considerable benefit to deal with some you know.
Fortunately the local cricket community includes a number of lawyers within its ranks and there is no substitute for getting advice from a lawyer you know and trust.
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Norman Shannon & Co Solicitors
3-5 Union Street
County Antrim, BT1 2JF
Tel:028 9023 1179
Fax:028 9023 4877
Norman Shannon and Co are a firm of solicitors in Belfast, County Antrim.
For more information or enquiries contact Info@norman-shannon-solicitors.co.uk
Most people have been involved in the buying, selling or renting process long before they reach the age of 30. Getting a home is one of the fundamental steps in adulthood and in the case of buying it could be the biggest financial commitment we make in our lives. The experience can be good or bad, but one factor that is very important is dealing with someone whom you know and who can give you expert advice.
The buying, selling and rental process will usually involve a real estate agent at the outset, but when it comes to contracts and the nuts and bolts of the transaction the input of a trusted lawyer is paramount. Location might determine the professional you use, but networking is just as important and fortunately there are a number of well-known cricketers involved in this business who can assist.
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Tel: 028 9032 8076
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There are many sporting services that embrace retail, advisory, fitness, ground maintenance, artificial pitches, catering, and marketing. Retail covers a plethora of sporting products and every year cricketers spend a lot of money buying new equipment and playing gear. Clubs also buy branded sportswear and committees consider a wide variety of capital projects relating to the ground and the clubhouse.
Few people are experts in every field so this section of our Business Services will feature a wide range of Sporting Services that are available.
12 Castle Mount
Northants NN13 7HF
Office no 01280 840192
John Kerstens:07812 203 281
We specialise in cricket solutions for your Club, University or School. This includes a full installation and renovation service for artificial wickets and/or grass wickets, a wide range of net systems, mobile covers, locally manufactured sightscreens & mobile nets, coaching equipment and we are a supplier of the industry leading Dukes cricket balls.
O’Neills Irish International Sports Co Ltd
Unit 1 Dublin Road Industrial Estate
44 Mill Street
028 9187 2220
Contact Peter or Claire Shields