2017 is a landmark year for the Surrey Championship Year Book.
After 44 years of producing a printed publication, a high class document which was the envy of many other leagues in the country, the Championship has decided to move into the 21st century; the 2017 Year Book is going on-line.
Surrey Championship 2017 Year Book.
"Why is this happening?” you might ask, when many players and ex-players enjoy reading the written material and, indeed, may find the technology difficult moving on-line?
The stark facts are that there are now an ever growing number of players and officials who rely on their mobile devices for all their cricket and personal administration; they want things at their fingertips. In addition, the cost of producing the printed Year Book which last year was approximately £4,000, is a cost the League can ill-afford and your Executive Committee felt this money would be better re-invested in cricket rather than on a much under-read publication.
For the 2017 Year Book a .pdf version is being created which is similar in format to the printed document from last year and which will still be easily readable on a PC or a tablet. However, for hand-held devices, fixed format pdfs are not ideal, so your Executive Committee has been exploring an alternative solution. As a result we have implemented a version of the 2017 Year Book via TeamApp application which runs on any iPhone or Android device. TeamApp was not created to act as a handbook solution, but it is a free-to-use off-the-shelf product that has been adopted for this season as a trial so we can gather feedback to see if there is mileage in this sort of approach for the future. We will share details on how to access the app as soon as we can.
Meanwhile visit www.surreychampionship.com for the .pdf version of the Year Book, the Club Reports and the Honours Board. These documents are available now.
We would be most interested in feedback on the Year Book, positive or negative, plus any ideas for the future. If any reader has any thoughts about how we can continue to develop this in 2018 onwards, I would be most interested in hearing from you via the contact details below.
I hope you enjoy reading the Year Book and I look forward to your feedback.
Surrey Championship Year Book Editor