Gerrards Cross Cricket Club

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GXCC: Junior cricketers..it's time to sign up for the 2020 season!

16 Feb 2020

Dear Parents

 

The latest hurricane is ripping through Britain and hatches are being battened down. But with 2020 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 2020 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 you and 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. Chris Marrow, our South African First Team player, will be part of the team again and he will be taking responsibility for the Tuesday night training of the older colts. As last season, we will also have an additional overseas player to work on the coaching team (and a reminder that we are still looking for some help with his accommodation during the summer, so please let me know if you think you might be able to help). Needless to say, all our coaches 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 on Tuesday April 21st for under 12s to under 15s (6.30pm-8pm) and on Sunday April 26 th 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. And there will of course be a full programme of league, cup and friendly 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.

 

As last season, we are 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 although it also serves as a good way to attract new children into cricket clubs. Those taking part get various bags, t-shirts and items of cricket equipment to get them in the mood for cricket. We will be running the All Stars sessions on Friday evenings for eight weeks (4.30-5.30pm). This year, the ECB have also started a new national programme called ECB Dynamos, designed to provide a post-All-Stars pathway for 8 to 11 year olds again with t-shirts and cricket equipment provided. So we intend to run a series of six Dynamos session this year too, starting in mid-July on Friday evenings as soon as the All Stars sessions are finished. For those interested in either of these programmes, please go to the ECB website to discover more details; https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars/parents. More details on how to sign up will be available soon and we’ll be sending that link round when the ECB launches the programme nationally for 2020.

 

We are pleased to say that we are holding our subscription levels unchanged this year. Specifically, all girls, and boys under 5 to under 7 (reception to year 2) pay £90; all boys under 8 (year 3) pay £130, and boys under 9 to under 15 (year 4 to year 10) pay £170. There is a £30 discount for each sibling, and a £20 discount for members of the tennis club. The cost of the separate ECB All Star and Dynamo sessions is an additional £50. Overall, we hope that you feel that the quality of the cricket provided means that this represents good value for money.

 

Looking further ahead into the season, members of our coaching team will be running summer camps in the summer holidays and there will be opportunities for boys and girls to undertake coaching for individuals or small groups 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 trying to stand down a few seasons ago now, David Snushall is still involved helping out to co-ordinate the overall section. And Andrew Smith has kindly agreed to take over the administration of junior membership and subscriptions. But there are still other jobs to do and 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 help at all, 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.

 

One more point I want to emphasise to all the parents of our junior cricketers. The cricket club and clubhouse is a fantastic resource to be enjoyed by everyone involved (to get a good feel for what’s happening in the club as a whole, do make sure you read our  Cross Talk publication!). As last season, we hope to make the clubhouse and bar area a friendly venue for players and parents to visit during and after the game, or even come down to enjoy the senior cricket on Saturdays and Sundays. Our bar manager from last season, Jonathan Clifford, has moved on and we are in the process of finding a permanent replacement for that role. But we can guarantee that the clubhouse will be open to support the junior cricketers and parents during training and matches.

 

I also want to draw attention to the annual pre-season dinner taking place on the evening of Saturday May 2nd this year where we have a very funny sports impressionist, Kevin Connelly, to entertain us, hosted as last year by the hilarious Roger Dakin. More details to follow but please be assured, all are welcome including the parents of our junior cricketers. 

 

 

So finally, can I finish with the serious business of asking 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 junior membership application form on the club website, or 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 2020. 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.

 

The summer sunshine still feels a long way off but I can assure you it’s waiting just round the corner, so looking forward to seeing you all in the glorious summer of 2020.

 

Peter Westaway

Chairman: Gerrards Cross Cricket Club