Gerrards Cross Cricket Club

Gerrards Cross Cricket Club News story


GXCC: Calling all young cricketers...the 2019 cricket season is nearly here!

14 Feb 2019

Dear Parents

 The weather is freezing and England are getting beaten in the West Indies just like the old days. But with 2019 well under way, it is time to turn your thoughts to summer evenings and the sound of leather on willow. Yes, the cricket season is returning soon and it is time to make ourselves ready for the 2019 junior cricket season at Gerrards Cross.

This is the annual email asking you to commit yourselves to the season ahead by paying subscriptions and providing/updating details of your children…details on how to do this are provided at the bottom of this email.

But first, let me remind you of the cricketing activities we are offering:

Coaching is provided for all boys and girls up to the under 15 age group by Future Legends, run by Nigel Bruce and his team. All his coaches are qualified, experienced and very committed. Needless to say they are DBS-checked, emergency first aid trained and certificated for safeguarding children. At every coaching session, there will be a Future Legends session co-ordinator who will oversee the coaching and communicate with parents. All sessions will be tailored to age groups and are focused on delivering fun and developing cricket skills for EVERYONE.

Summer training will commence the week after Easter on Tuesday April 23rd for under 12s to under 15s (6.30pm-8pm) and on Sunday April 28th for the under 5s to under 11s (9.30am to 10.30am (and to 10.45am for the under 8s); and from 11.00am to 12.30pm for girls, and under 9s to under 11s. The sessions will take place weekly until late July.

There will of course be a full programme of league and cup fixtures for the under 9s upwards (and hopefully some fixtures for the under 8s and the girls too); details of fixtures to follow once they’ve been finalised.

New this season, we are also offering participation in the ECB All Stars programme. This is an initiative overseen by the ECB designed to encourage younger children (5 to 8 year-olds) into cricket and we would see this as something to be enjoyed in addition to our regular Sunday sessions. We will be running the All Stars sessions on Friday evenings (4.30-5.30pm) and for those interested, you can find out more at www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars (or click here).

We are pleased to say that we are holding our subscription levels unchanged this year, and indeed for the under 7s, we’re cutting the subs to £95. The cost of the ECB All Star sessions is an additional £40 for 8 one-hour sessions and we will be offering this at £30 for those also taking part in the Sunday morning sessions. Overall, we hope that you feel that the quality of the cricket provided means that this represents good value for money.

In addition, we want to remind you of the Junior Winter Nets which began in January and will be continuing until March. At Becky High, there are four sessions left for the under 10s/11s and girls, and three sessions left for the under 7s,8s and 9s. For under 12s-15s there are six sessions left at Dr Challoners school (being run jointly with Chalfont St Giles CC). The cost is £12 a session so if you are interested in your young cricketer attending the remaining sessions, please send an email to gxccwinternets@gmail.com and we will fit you into the schedule.

Looking further ahead into the season, Future Legends will be running a summer camp in the two weeks of the summer holidays so watch out for details on that later in the season.

 

As usual, if junior cricket at Gerrards Cross is to be a success, a large burden of responsibility rests with you parents to provide support to your kids in ferrying them to matches etc.so many thanks for your efforts there. Fortunately, most of the junior managers from last season have offered to help again which is fantastic. And despite standing down at the end of the season before last, David Snushall is still involved helping out to co-ordinate the overall section. This season we are hoping to divide the burden of administration between more people and in that spirit, we continue to ask if any parents can give some of their time, either in supporting their team manager or help with the wider running of the colts section; if you can, we would be enormously grateful. We are a volunteer-run club, so without volunteers, the system breaks down. Feel free to drop me an email if you can offer your time to help.

There is one other really important point I want to emphasise. As parents of junior cricketers, I am very keen that you all feel part of the cricket club as a whole (to get a good feel for what’s happening in the club as a whole, do make sure you read our  Cross Talk publication on the website!). Last season, I have to admit it was sometimes rather challenging because the clubhouse itself was not regularly open while the colts were training and playing matches. But for this season we have a new clubhouse manager, Jonathan Clifford, who is very keen and between us we are very keen to inject some dynamism back into the social life of the cricket club, and indeed the sports club more generally. Over the winter, some impressive refurbishment has taken place and already the clubhouse is the scene of socialising and watching sport. Please feel welcome to come down to make use of the facilities and once the season gets going, as well as watching the junior sides, do come down on a weekend evening to watch the senior teams in action and have a convivial drink or two.

As well as being involved with cricket matches, you are also very welcome to attend the cricket club’s social activities, designed to bring all members of the club together as well as to raise some much-needed funds. I want to draw your attention to two forthcoming events:

  • Bunny’s Bonkers quiz night on Friday March 1st. For more details on how to enter, please see the club website (click here).

  • And on Saturday April 27th, we are holding our pre-season dinner featuring the very amusing Phil Tufnell as guest speaker. I know at least one of the colt’s mums has already booked a table so please make a reservation for this special evening. For more details on how to book, see the club website (or click here).

 

OK, that’s all from me. Now can I get down to business and ask you to reply to gxccsubs@gmail.com confirming who will be playing this season and that you will be sending your subscriptions by direct bank transfer (Barclays A/C 50372471, sort code 20-02-06, include CHILD’S SURNAME in payment reference). If you are a new member, please fill in the form below; if you are an existing member, please can I ask you to log on to the GXCC website and check that all your contact details are correct and reply to gxccsubs@gmail.com to confirm that you have done this (see “Login” at the top rhs of the screen..it’s easy to reset your password if you’ve forgotten..then you need to check your details by the personal details, then click “Update profile”; please check the fields for “My profile”, Contact” and “Other”).

  

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible returning to play in 2019. Of course, if your sons and daughters have friends who are interested in playing cricket, please pass on the word. We will be providing advertising posters to put up on school noticeboards to help advertise the club so let us know if you could help in liaising with your schools.

 

 

Yours in cricket,

 

Peter Westaway

Chairman, Gerrards Cross Cricket Club

 

 


 

GERRARDS CROSS CRICKET CLUB 2019: Young Cricketers Application form

Child

 

Forename

Surname

DOB (dd/mm/yyyy)

Child 1

 

 

 

Child 2

 

 

 

Address

Postcode

 

 

 

Email(s)

 

Phone number(s)

 

Emergency contact 1

Name

Phone number(s)

 

 

Emergency contact 2

 

 

School and year group

 

County representation (Yes/No)

 

Squad

School year

Subs

Sum paid

Girls

Years 4 and up

£90

£

U16-U18

Years 11-13

£100

£

U9-U15

Years 4-10

£150

£

U8

Year 3

£130

£

U5-U7

Reception and Years 1-2

£90

£

Sibling discount , deduct £30 per sub for 2nd child onwards

Less £

Already Sports Club member, deduct £20 per sub, U9 upwards

Less £

Pay via BACS to Barclays A/C 50372471, sort code 20-02-06, include CHILD’S SURNAME in payment reference.

Total to be paid

£

 

Subscription details: For under 9 and upwards, subscriptions include a fee of £20 which is paid to Gerrards Cross Sports Club (who are responsible for the upkeep of the clubhouse). The rest includes an allocation for coaching fees where applicable, match fees, maintenance of the pitch and other costs associated with running the club.

Consent for 2019 Season:

By returning this application form, together with submitting appropriate payment, I agree to my child taking part in GXCC activities and adhering to GXCC/ECB Codes of Conduct as shown on www.gxcc.co.uk. I understand I will be kept informed of activities at GXCC and, in the event of injury or illness all reasonable steps will be taken to contact me, and to deal with that injury/illness appropriately.

Medical Information - As part of the ECB Clubmark ‘Safeguarding Children Policy’ we are required to hold individual medical information of which our Coaches and Team Managers should be aware.

Please detail below any important medical information Coaches and Team Managers should be aware. (e.g. Epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, allergies, etc.)

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian: [Insert name in email here]

 

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