Juniors update

From Neil Miller – KHCC head of Junior Cricket

We are now well into the cricket season and Thursday and Friday training is in full swing. I thought I would share some of the areas that you might not see behind the scenes as well as a general update on what’s happening at your club.

ECB Clubmark

You may have noticed last Friday, a gentleman (Andy Griffiths) with a clipboard walking around the field and in the clubhouse talking to myself, Gary Jackson and Mark Knox. Andy is the Director of Community Cricket at Kent County Cricket Club and he was visiting us on behalf of Kent Cricket and the England Cricket Board to audit how the junior section of the cricket club is managed, administered and operated.

This audit was part of our Clubmark accreditation process, which is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and is licensed from Sport England as part of their wider Clubmark scheme. ECB Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people. To obtain accreditation, clubs are asked to provide evidence that they meet a series of criteria. This is done by providing evidence and by demonstrating good practice via a site visit conducted by an allocated Club Support Officer.

The initial feedback was that he was very impressed with the management and organisation of Friday night coaching. This is a credit to everyone who gets involved, especially the coaches, parent helpers, young leaders – as well as the juniors themselves. Most of you will have been at the club on a Friday night and will have seen how well everything runs.

Registration

As you will have noticed, this year as part of our welfare obligations we have introduced a signing in and out registration process. Please can I ask all parents to come and collect their children from the registration points. We will not be sending children to you.

Club Day – Sunday 1st July

The annual Club Day is being held at on Sunday July 1st. The Junior Section will be running some activities, games and matches across the age groups between 10am and 1pm. We will be sending a further message soon about the timings for the day. But, please save the date in your diaries!

Fixtures

These are coming thick and fast across u11s, u13s and u15s. We have had some excellent individual and team performances; as well as some fixtures that have been a challenge. Thanks again for all the team managers and parents for their help and support.

Kit

We have made an additional order for junior shirts/training tops/caps for those late comers and previous waiting list members – and are waiting for the supplier to deliver these to us. There are also several hoodies that were ordered that we have in stock. The collection of monies for the additional kit, such as hoodies and caps, must be paid in advance of collection, or at registration on a Thursday/Friday night.

Girls’ Cricket

On June 22, we have a girls’ school cricket tournament at the club with approximately 6 local juniors schools attending. You are more than welcome to come and watch the action.

Please come and talk to the coaches to see how your children are progressing.

Thank you for your continued support.

Neil

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