Junior Section

Junior Section

Junior cricket in Surrey was scheduled to change in 2020. Instead of five different leagues within the county all junior cricket would have been structured into the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship.

We are now looking forward to 2021 and in anticipation of things being back to normal we have entered the following teams into the league:

Under 9s – Softball Tier 3 (Saturday mornings)

Under 11s – Hardball Tier 3 (home night is Monday evenings)

Under 13s – Tier 2 (Sunday mornings)

Under 15s – Tier 2 (home night is Thursday evenings)

Surrey Trust Development League (Sunday afternoons) – seven players must be under 21 years of age.

For more information go to: https://surreyjuniorchampionship.play-cricket.com/Aboutus

Contacts: All Stars – Monjur Elahi (monjurelahi@msn.com), Under 9s – Ray Smith (raysmith123@tiscali.co.uk), Under 11s – Barry Jordan (barry.jordan52@gmail.com), Under 13s -John Callcut (john.callcut@btinternet.com),  Under 15s – Simon Wells (simon.james.wells@gmail.com).

We have entered an U13 and an u15 side in the winter Identilam 6-a-Side Competition which is scheduled to be played at Tanbridge House School. We have just heard of the sad death of the organiser, Peter Garland. He had a great love for junior cricket and his enthusiasm will be sorely missed. We really don’t know if the competition will continue.

Go to ‘Awards since 1993 and pictures of prize winners’ below to see details of the curtailed 2020 awards presentation. Also coaches reports can be seen under ‘Review of 2020’.

JUNIOR COACHING AT NEWDIGATE

The junior section was started in 1993 by Don and Annette Jones and has steadily grown over the years. Young people are welcome from the ages of five to sixteen and we have qualified coaches at all levels.

The club achieved the ECB Clubmark accreditation in 2007 and this was duly renewed in 2010, 2013 and 2017. The 2020 renewal has been delayed. For parents this means that their child will be playing cricket at a club that has been inspected and has passed the stringent criteria set by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The junior boys and girls meet on Friday evenings at 6.00 pm for coaching. In 2021 we have entered teams in the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship at under 9, 11, 1, 13 &15  age levelsand the Surrey Trust Development League. We will be hosting the Dorking Schools’ Kwik Cricket competitions for boys and girls. The All Stars scheme has been a great success. In 2019 nationally 2212 clubs took part and 67,000 youngsters participated!

To sign up for 2021 go to: https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars

Under ‘Chance to Shine’ we have an agreement with the Newdigate Endowed Church of England Infants School whereby we run an ‘introduction to cricket’ course on the Brocus for five weeks during the summer term for Y1 & 2. We hope to resume this in 2021.

We work very closely with Surrey County Cricket Club and recommend promising players to the county some of whom are currently progressing through the Surrey district system. Every year eight juniors are selected for special coaching at the Surrey Cricket Centre under the Russell Haigh Bursary. We have a presentation evening when trophies are presented at each age group, often by a well known cricket celebrity.

During August we run a week long fun-filled Summer Camp for boys and girls.

Day 1 at the Summer Camp in 2019

 

We also take a group to the Kia Oval to see at least one first class match as guests of the County. In 2019 we took a group to see Surrey play Sussex Sharks in the 20/20 Vitality Blast match.

We have two nets, an artificial pitch, a bowling machine, cricket mats and catching cradles and equipment such as bats, pads, helmets etc.

Coaching night has also developed into a social evening for parents who can often be seen sitting under the trees and catching the last of the evening sunshine with a cool glass of wine.

USEFUL INFORMATION

ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Cricket

The ECB has issued new guidelines and any player in the under 13 age category has to have written permission before they can play in senior cricket. See ECB guidelines for further information.

Child Welfare Officer

If you have any problems or are concerned with any aspect of the club please contact our Club Welfare Officer, Annette Jordan on 07813 044665. We have adopted the ECB ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and a copy is available in the club house.

Accident/Incident Book

In the event of an accident or incident please report to the Club Welfare Officer or Coach and complete a report in the Accident/Incident book which is kept behind the bar.

The following coaches/helpers have attended a first aid course – Simon Wells, Angus Harper, John Callcut, Lee Brien, Barry & Annette Jordan,  Andrew Major, Charlie Major, Roger Bailey, Monjur Elahi, Phil Mumford, Ray Smith.

First Aid boxes can be found in the kitchen and separate boxes are available in the junior kit bags which the coaches will take to away matches.