The MCC Youth Section
'MCC's youth section purpose statements articulate wonderfully what the role of any junior section should be across the country. The statements align to what we expect from junior sections in Gloucestershire, covering both participation and a focus on performance'.
Steve Silk, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Cricket Board, 18 April 2017.
Well, what a year 2017 turned out to be for youth cricket at Marshfield Cricket Club. We had 225 players registered, including over 90 girls. The section achieved strong results in many competitions and around twenty of our players were invited by either Gloucester or Wiltshire to play County or District cricket. We acquired four Level 2, and six Level 1 ECB qualified coaches, and we grew our coaching support capability to over 40 coaches. We had women coaches leading both the Girls U7 and Boys U7 sections, and more women on the coaching team throughout the sections than ever before. We had great support from team managers for the Boys U11, U13 and U15 teams and a fabulous team ensuring Friday night registrations were as seamless as ever.
But that was last year! This season, we will build on those achievements, underpinned by the objectives we established in 2017. On the playing side, we’ll be aiming for further on-field success, while maintaining our inclusive ethos. On the support side, the club invested heavily this winter in our coaching capability and we’re excited that we’ll have a further 5 qualified ECB Level 2 coaches working with the squad in 2018. Clare Webb will lead the U9s girls, Ricky Brown and Paul Johnson (former Berkshire) will work with the U11 boys. Two MCC first team players, Will Pascall (1st team vice captain) and Patrick Grieshaber (former Gloucester) also join us this year and will be providing master-classes across all sections.
We have had to restrict our Friday night intake to 225 players, but any player who registered in 2017 will be able to re-register in 2018, until the end of April. If spaces are available at the end of April, we will open up places to new players – a waiting list is now in place. We will also participate in the ECB’s All Stars Scheme, which Paul Johnson will lead – this will give new (and current) players between the ages of 5 and 8, an 8-week programme of cricket. This will run on Sunday mornings from 13 May. While supported by MCC’s coaches and estate, it is separate to the offering provided by the club, and in return for lots of fun and cricket gear, the ECB charges £40 per player – keep an eye out for information about this if you think it is for your child.
Finally, as you are all probably aware, MCC support various charities throughout the year and we have decided to add www.accesssport.org.uk as one we feel we would very much like to help. This charity is aligned to our own aims of providing young people access to sport.
Here’s looking forward to another cracking season at MCC, see you in April!
‘I am delighted that the work setting out the purpose of, and the priorities for, our thriving youth section has been so positively endorsed by the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Cricket Board, Steve Silk. Of course, the real challenge lies ahead in bringing that purpose to life! I know that the volunteers who manage the youth section – our coaches, and members of our youth and main committees - will be doing their best to do just that over the coming season. The youth section is always looking for ideas and input from its most important people, its players, so please do pass on any views they, or you, have, to Robin Hand.
Thank you for your enduring support of this fantastic club of ours - here’s looking forward to another great season’!
Nick Heynen, Chairman, Marshfield Cricket Club, 19 April, 2017
|U9s||Ian Bassett 07970 003 683||Jeremy Bond|
|U15's||Francesca Fryer 07894 838 569||Kevin Hendy|
|U11's||Robin Hand 07747 845 685||Robin Hand|
|U13's||Andy Elliot 07788 427 186||Andy Elliot|
|U15's||Steven Morris 07979 704 197||Steven Morris 07979 704 197|
Log onto these sites for updates:
- Youth Documents Incl Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Procedure, Safeguarding Statement etc.
- Youth Fixtures
- Team Sheets
- Youth Guidelines; Including Child Protection Guidance
- ECB Youth Cricket Guidelines: MCC adhere to these guidelines
- Gloucestershire Cricket Board - Check out how some of our talented youngsters are doing at County and District level
- Wiltshire Cricket
The Cricket Club Welfare Officer Julie Hendy is the point of contact for any concerns about Child Protection. Click Here to contact her.
Youth Coaching – Friday evenings from 6.30pm at Broadleys until Sept 1st