Junior cricket in Surrey will be changing in 2020. Instead of five different leagues within the county all junior cricket will be structured into the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship. Hopefully this will mean more equal matches and possibly less travelling. We will keep you informed as and when we have more information.
NEW for 2020 We have entered an U13 side in the Identilam 6-a-Side Competition which will be played at Tanbridge House School. See calendar for fixtures.
Also new for 2020, we have signed up to Dynamos Cricket. This is a new initiative from the ECB designed for 8-11 year olds. More information to follow.
Go to ‘Awards since 1993 and pictures of prize winners’ below to see details of the 2019 awards presentation. Also coaches reports can be seen under ‘Review of 2019’.
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 seventeen 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. 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 2019 we entered teams in the East Surrey Colts League at under 9, 11, 12, 13 &14 age levels. We hosted the Dorking Schools’ Kwik Cricket competitions for boys and girls. 31 under 7s participated in the All Stars scheme. Nationally in 2019, 2212 clubs participated and 67,000 youngsters participated!
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 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.
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.
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.
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, Evette Burton, Andy Meads, 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.