A "village" club in an inner city environment, St Chad's CC was founded in Far Headingley in the early 1880's, playing at their ground in front of St Chad's Church since 1922. The original team played friendly games on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The club merged with Headingley Broomfield CC in 1979 to form St Chad's Broomfield CC and the new club fielded two teams in the Wetherby Cricket League in its first year. In the early 1980's a 3rd XI was added, followed by a 4th XI in 2014.
In 2010, the 1st XI won the Wetherby Cricket League Championship for the first time. With another Championship in 2015 and nine cups in the past seven years, the club are having the most successful period in their 130 year history.
In 2017, the club moved the 1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI to the prestigious Airedale & Wharfedale Senior Cricket League with the 4th XI moving to the Dales Council Cricket League.
The club now has fifteen senior and junior teams playing both at the weekend and midweek, with all but one continuing to play in front of St Chad's Church. With a new women and girl's section and a new under 7's team, the club are now able to provide cricket for those who have not had the opportunity in the past.
The club have published a Project Plan which will be used to help them continue to move forward over the coming years, including the building of a new modern pavilion. This will involve a significant investment and with fundraising events like the new beer festival, sponsorship from local businesses and donations from individuals, the club hopes to be able to start work later next year on building the new pavilion which will benefit the local community and the club members for years to come.
New players, volunteers and sponsors are always welcome. For further information, please contact Club Chairman, Paul Berry, on 07795 154444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.