In the 2021 season we will offer cricket for boys at every year group from U6 up to U14 (there will be a combined youth squad for U15s-U18s). Average squad size at each age group is around 30 and although most of them currently have waiting lists we always try to accommodate as many new members as we can.
Our cricket is inclusive, family-focused, and fun but we also set very high standards for our best young players, some of whom are in county squads. In 2021, our U13s and U14s will both be playing in the Surrey Junior Invitational League, against the top teams in the county. All the younger age groups down to U8s have have multiple teams in appropriate tiers of the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship (SJCC), which means that every boy of every ability gets opportunities to play in matches. Though our U7s and U6s don't play league matches we organise occasional tournaments for them too.
We have a large team of young professional coaches, several of whom also work for Surrey Cricket, led by our highly experienced Head Coach, Chris Poil. All coaching sessions are professionally run (usually by several of the coaching team), although some parents help out as administrators and also assist with the coaching and running matches.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is not currently feasible to run an indoor winter coaching program, however there is pre-season coaching in the week commencing 12 April and the regular summer coaching sessions will start in the week commencing 19 April 2021 and continue until mid-July. The main boys' training will take place at Blackheath on Friday evenings; there will also be training sessions for some squads at Grafham on Tuesdays and Blackheath on Wednesdays: see the program below for intended days and timings. We plan that the bar will be open at both venues for training session, food will also be on sale if this is feasible; subject to social distancing requirements, families are welcome to socialise in our beautiful surroundings during training sessions.
Tuesdays (Grafham): U10s (4.45pm-6pm); U13s (6.30pm-8pm)
Wednesdays (Blackheath): U9s (4.45pm-6pm); U14s (6.30pm-8pm)
Fridays (Blackheath): U6s (4pm-5pm); U7s and U8s (5.15pm-6.15pm); U11s and U12s (6.30-8pm)
U15-U18 boys will not receive scheduled professional coaching, but will be invited to train alongside the seniors on Wednesday evenings (6.30-8pm). A series of evening T20 friendly games will be organised for this squad in late June and July. Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, we also hope to run a short tour.
Subscriptions for 2021 are as follows: U6/U7 boys: £90; U8 boys: £110; U9-U14 boys £130; U15-U18 boys: £60. There is a £10 sibling discount.