Winter Coaching with Paul Griffiths:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE UNDER 11s !!!
The under 11s have done the club proud as they have become champions of the East Surrey Colts League Division 2. Well done the coaches too – Angus Harper, Evette Burton and Andrew Mayne.
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 2018 we entered teams in the East Surrey Colts League at under 9, 11, 12 &13 age levels. Thursday evenings are reserved for girls who train in order to represent Mole Valley in the Surrey Youth Games. Our under 11 girls play in the ‘Smash – It’ league. We host the Dorking Schools’ Kwik Cricket competitions for boys and girls. Our under 7s participate in the All Stars scheme.
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 also visit a number of primary schools in Dorking as we prepare Y4 and 5 girls for the Surrey Youth Games in June.
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. The sessions in 2019 start on the 8th February and finish on the 8th March. 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 2018 we took the under 9s and under 11s to see Surrey play Glamorgan 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.
A NOTE FROM JOHN CALLCUT ….. After 25 seasons of running the junior section at Newdigate I felt that it was time to step back and allow someone with fresh ideas to take over the position of Junior Co-Ordinator. Andrew Mayne is a UKCC2 qualified coach and a former wicket keeper/batsman at Dorking CC and I would like to welcome him to the position and thank him for taking over. It has been very rewarding to see boys and girls turn into adults and I hope that they will take with them a love of our wonderful game. I now see former juniors bringing their own children to the club. I will still continue coaching and assisting Andrew in any way I can. We have been very fortunate here at Newdigate over the years in having such a dedicated team of coaches and helpers and my hope is that it will continue for another 25 years (at least).
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, Simon Holt, Andrew Mayne, Tricia Kehl, Angus Harper, John Callcut, Lee Brien, Caroline Clark, Barry & Annette Jordan, Will Letts, Evette Burton, Andy Meads, Andrew Major, Charlie Major, Roger Bailey, Martin & Jill Earp.
First Aid boxes can be found in the kitchen and separate boxes are available in the girls and in the junior kit bags which the coaches will take to away matches.