Youth Registration Evening 2017
Friday 7th April 18:15
Youth Registration Evening will be held on Friday April 7th from 6.15pm, with the first training session on Friday April 14th from 6.30pm, then continuing every week until September.
Weclome back! We hope you have a very enjoyable season to come.
For a downloadable registration form click on the link below:
We can’t wait to get started. On 7 May we are hosting the girls U11s cricket festival at the Broadleys ground. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible to cheer on the team and perhaps to give your players a taste of festival cricket – if they are not involved in playing! On 18 June we are hosting the mixed U9s cricket festival. This is the morning of the Marshfield Street Party so what better way to get into the community spirit than dropping by the Broadleys ground for a cup of coffee and slice of cake! The remaining fixture lists are being finalized, and we’ll share them as quickly as possible
Some things we hope to achieve this year
This year, we have more coaches than in previous years. We hope, therefore, to be able to accommodate more players than ever before, meeting the demand for youth cricket that we know exists. Further, among these coaches, we have managed to secure two new to the club ECB Level 2 coaches, and the club has sponsored two individuals from within the club to undertake that course. We hope this will further enable: every player to reach his or her potential, the teams to achieve even higher levels of on-field success, and the club to deliver greater representation to the County and District sides – in all cases building on the phenomenal success of previous years. Finally, through commercial and event-based fundraising, we hope to double the amount of funding we generated for the youth section last year so that we can further enhance our players’ experience of cricket.
Friday nights have become a village institution, and rightly so! However, there is a serious side, which is the youth cricket. As a result of our recent success, the pressure on our playing estate is now reaching critical levels. We are clear that we do not wish to turn players away because if we assume we would give priority to players previously registered at the club, we would have to suspend registration for the youngest players. Three potential solutions to this challenge have been considered over the winter. The first is that we run sessions for different age groups at different times. For example, we could run the U7s from 6-30 to 7-15, the U9s and U11s from 6-30 to 7-30 (as is) and the U13s to U15s from 7-15 to 8-15. The second is that we move training for some groups to Sunday mornings (probably, given the split in numbers, the U7s and U9s). The third is that we rotate each section to the Withymead playing fields (probably once per month for each group). Each option has its merits and its downsides. Click here for a questionaire, asking for your views - among other things - on these proposals.
In any case, to ease the pressure on space, we will be looking to recover some of the playing field from car-parking. We know that some people must travel by car, perhaps for health reasons or because they live too far away to walk, and in those cases provision must and will be made. However, if you are able to walk to the ground, please, please do.
So, the future is very promising for our club and the players who make it the fantastic success that it is. Here’s looking forward to another great season, both on the field and off it.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in April!
The Youth Committee