Tong Park Esholt Cricket Club are a family friendly, community cricket club based in the village of Esholt situated between Shipley and Guiseley in the metropolitan district of Bradford.
The village of Esholt is perhaps most well known as the setting for the popular Yorkshire Television drama series Emmerdale. It was used for outside location shots, featuring The Woolpack pub from 1976 to 1996 before relocating to a purpose built set based on the village itself.
Our home ground is located just around the corner from the village itself at Esholt Sports & Leisure.
2009 saw the merger of 2 local clubs, Tong Park Cricket Club and Esholt Cricket Club, to form one. This decision was made to secure the futures of both clubs and resulted in a shift in focus from paying players to encouraging and developing local talent and youngsters who want to feel part of an open and friendly club.
We now run 3 senior sides playing on a Saturday. Our First and Second XI play in the Airedale & Wharfedale Senior Cricket League playing from our main ground on Esholt Lane. Our 3rd XI play their home games at the picturesque Tong Park ground next to Tong Park Dam in the Dales Council Cricket League.
Boxing Day 2015 saw the club devastated by unprecedented flooding causing widespread damage to not only the field but also the pavilion including stewards living accommodation, changing rooms, cricket equipment, walls and fencing and ground maintenance equipment.
The club incurred costs in the region of £50,000 and was on the brink of extinction. We sought help from the ECB and Sport England and set about rebuilding our proud community club.
We have worked hard to improve our facilities on the field and continue make improvements off it with a goal to make us a bigger and better club than prior to the flooding.
We re-launched our junior section in 2018 with investment from the club in new ECB Coaching Courses for our volunteers, new equipment and offered free introductory sessions for children new to the game.
The club continues to welcome anyone who wishes to be involved from children in our junior section, senior cricketers at all levels of ability and volunteers who would like to be involved in the running of the club and it's events.
The club has recently achieved the highly regarded ECB Clubmark accreditation and aims to provide opportunities, through cricket, for all ages and abilities. This is proving increasingly popular with the local community and we have recently established a link with Hoyle Court Primary School in Baildon to provide cricket coaching for it's pupils.