Outerbridge outlines aims to guide Bay in a new direction
Stephen Outerbridge was unhappy over the predicament of Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club so he decided to do something about it.
The experienced Bay batsman and former captain ran unopposed for the vacant president’s position at the club’s annual meeting last week after predecessor Arrim Perinchief resigned.
Since then the 37-year-old has hit the ground running, laying the groundwork for the ambitious plans outlined in his manifesto.
“Anybody who knows me will know that I have been involved with Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club from a very young age,” Outerbridge said. “It’s been a big part of my life and just to see where we are, it was very disappointing, but I can see the potential.”
Asked specifically what he was unhappy about, Outerbridge added: “The physical structure of the building and then obviously the financial position of the club and just the way how it has been run for the last few years. I see so much potential and we’re not even tapping into.“It should not just be a place where you come and drink. It’s so much more opportunity that we can offer the community, and that’s where we have to diversify.“At Bay we are 95 per cent dependent on alcohol sales so my one of my big things is to diversify to have a restaurant, to have gym, to have youth programmmes that support ourselves, so we don’t have to be supported by a bar. We want the bar to have minimum impact on your bottom line as possible.”
Outerbridge said the club has already drawn up its plans and secured funding for the various projects, which he hopes to see completed before the start of the 2022 season. “We have some things already in place from the previous executive, so now it’s up to the new executive and management to really put the pedal to the metal and push it forward,” he added.“Obviously, Government gave us funds to go and put these things in place. I think things are 40 per cent in place so hopefully by December we are ready to go.
“We’re ready to build, ready to put new things in place and then come next year maybe just before cricket season we have a new restaurant, a 24/7 gym and still have a bar. If that [bar] can change, then I’m fine with it as long as we can support ourselves.
“It’s really about trying to diversify and put in more positive aspects back into our community and I think this is going to move fast.
“The ball is rolling and it’s now just a matter of executing on the goals that we have.”
As for his cricket career, Outerbridge, who represented Bermuda at the 2007 ICC World Cup in the Caribbean, said: “Some people know that I have taken this on [presidency] and cricket right now is on the back burner. I think this will impact my community more than it will impact scoring a hundred outside of Eastern Counties.
“We’ll see how it goes for about two months. They already know I’m not doing any preseason, but I am doing my own personal stuff and if get this right everybody is going to benefit.
“I still have to be registered and then we will see what happens from there. But right now it’s a matter of putting these things in place so we can see the fruits of our labour and cricket is not a priority.”
Meanwhile, Roger Trott, the former Bay wicketkeeper, ran unopposed for the vice-president’s position — the only remaining position up for grabs at last week’s annual meeting. The position became vacant after Trott’s predecessor Terryn Fray resigned to “focus on his cricket”.