Actonians Cricket Club

Welcome to Actonians Junior Section

INFORMATION

JUNIOR CRICKET AT ACTONIANS

Our aim is that everyone will feel welcome, always enjoy themselves, and appreciate being a member of a club that prides itself on being ‘One Club’. If your child has played the game before that’s great but if they haven’t please don't worry about your child not having much cricketing experience - we just want the kids to fall in love with the game and see where that takes them on the cricket field.

New boys and girls welcome.
For further information on joining our junior section please contact Clifford Pile - clifford.pile@ntlworld.com 


Ealing Borough Sports Awards 2023
We are very proud that we have received the following recognition at the recent Ealing Borough Sports Awards.

Junior Club of the Year - recognising our work in encouraging children from all backgrounds to develop and grow their love of cricket

Coach of the Year - Bobby Behzadi - acknowledging his ability to create an inspiring environment for children to both participate and gain confidence through cricket.

Outstanding Contribution to Sport  - Clifford Pile for over 35 years volunteering in various roles in recreational cricket - Coach, Junior Manager and Committee member at Actonians and latterly Chairman of the Middlesex Junior Cricket Association.
Winter Indoor Cricket Training

We are running a full programme of cricket activity this winter starting on Saturday 4th November 2023 through to Saturday 6th April 2024 with Indoor Training at Reynolds Sports Centre.

DATE

SOFTBALL TRAINING - TIME

AVAILABILITY

HARDBALL TRAINING - TIME

AVAILABILITY

Saturday 3rd February 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

7 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

FULL - RESERVE LIST ONLY

Saturday 10th February 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

5 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

4 spaces

Saturday 17th February 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

11 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

11 spaces

Saturday 24th February 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

9 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

FULL - RESERVE LIST ONLY

Saturday 2nd March 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

7 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

6 spaces

Saturday 9th March 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

6 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

2 spaces

Saturday 16th March 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

6 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

6 spaces

Saturday 23rd March 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

7 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

6 spaces

Saturday 30th March 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

11 spaces

3.00pm to 5.00pm

13 spaces

Saturday 6th April 2024

2.00pm to 3.00pm

TASTER SESSION

3.00pm to 5.00pm

TASTER SESSION



We have also entered the Indoor League at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub which will be on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 8pm also starting in November. We have entered the Under 11 and Under 13 competitions for both boys and girls.

Please remember that for training and indoor league participation the age qualification is as at 31st August 2023 – so for example this summer’s Boys Under 12’s for example would play in the Boys Under 13 competition.

WINTER TRAINING - SOFTBALL OPTION

Suitable for all of our All Stars, 5 to 8 year olds who are new to cricket and Under 9’s and Under 10’s (boys and girls) who are not yet confident playing with and against a hardball. Starting on Saturday 4th November 2023 through to Saturday 6th April 2024. 2pm to 3pm.

Each session will last 1 hour and will include some technical work on batting and bowling, elements of fielding and each session will finish with a mini-match - hopefully by attending these sessions you will not only have a great time but also see a benefit come the start of the outdoor season in April. 

Cost = £5.00 per session.

Venue: Reynolds Sports Centre (Acton Ark Academy School), Gunnersbury Lane, Acton W3 8EY

The facility has amble car parking; is on the E3 bus route and only a few minutes’ walk from either the Uxbridge Road or Acton Town Station so hopefully everyone should find it easy to get to.

Please complete and return the form below to me at clifford.pile@ntlworld.com

SOFTBALL TRAINING BOOKING FORM 

So that everyone can have an enjoyable experience we will be restricting numbers to 12 participants per session. Places to be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be made at time of booking. Refunds will only be available if 48 hours’ notice is given i.e. by Wednesday evening and if we have reserves.

WINTER TRAINING - HARDBALL OPTION

Open to Boys and Girls. Each session will last 2 hours and include some technical work, elements of fielding and cricket fitness as well as a mixture of indoor games and nets. Starting on Saturday 4th November 2023 through to Saturday 6th April 2024. 3pm to 5pm.

Cost = £10.00 per session.

Venue: Reynolds Sports Centre (Acton Ark Academy School), Gunnersbury Lane, Acton W3 8EY

The facility has amble car parking; is on the E3 bus route and only a few minutes’ walk from either the Uxbridge Road or Acton Town Station so hopefully everyone should find it easy to get to.

Please complete and return the form below to me at clifford.pile@ntlworld.com 

WINTER TRAINING - HARDBALL OPTION 

So that everyone can have an enjoyable experience we will be restricting numbers to 18 participants per session. Some weeks will be set aside for Indoor League practice sessions when priority for bookings will be given to those participating in the indoor league. Otherwise places to be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be made at time of booking. Refunds will only be available if 48 hours’ notice is given i.e. by Wednesday evening and if we have reserves.

INDOOR LEAGUE - MATCHES

Under 13 Boys – 5th November 2023 – 2 games at 5.40pm and 6.45pm

Under 11 Boys – 12th November 2023 – 2 games at 5.55pm and 7pm

Under 11 Girls – 28th January 2024 – 2 games at 2.20pm and 3.25pm

Under 13 Girls – 10th March 2024 – 2 games at 1.15pm and 3.25pm

The Game Format

· 8 players per side

· 24 overs per game, 12 per side

· Everyone bowls at least one over, with four bowlers able to bowl two

· Everyone bats in pairs for 3 overs even if somebody gets out

Matches last for about an hour. There are other scoring rules which we will distribute to the participants.

There will be a match fee of £5 per player per game (please let me know if this is a barrier to participation). Additional matches throughout the winter will be subject to progression in the competition. Finals to be held at Lord’s on 24th March 2024.

TASTER SESSION – SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2024

Whilst we encourage everyone to bring along friends to the sessions (please contact me if you have anyone in mind) in the hope that they will join the club we are setting aside a dedicated Saturday as a taster session for potential members – Saturday 6th April 2024 – further details to follow.

2023 Season - Messages of thanks

2023 Season – Messages of thanks

Many thanks for yours and the rest of the team's efforts in running all stars this summer, ***** and ***** have really enjoyed it. 

All Stars - Thanks so much - *****really enjoyed it and the club was so friendly

***** is having a wonderful cricket season, he’s really enjoying his first year.

Thanks for welcoming him into the club this season - he’s really enjoyed playing.

Many thanks for all your hard work and support this season, the boys have really enjoyed their cricket

Thanks so much to all the coaches/managers, for the efforts this season.

Many thanks to all the volunteers/coaches.

Thank you for making it all happen. An amazing effort for a great club.

Thank you and all coaches and helpers so much for a wonderful season. A job certainly well done with ****** who dearly loves cricket and “his” club.

We want thank you and all the coaches and helpers for the fabulous season of cricket.  The effort that you all put in is amazing and something that we really appreciate.  ***** has had an amazing time this year and is pretty excited for next year including starting to use the hardball and playing more matches.

Thank you for a really great season.

The boys and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all the coaches, for your excellent work this season, very much appreciated!

 

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Actonians Juniors - History
Actonians Juniors

CLUB ETHOS

We are always keen to attract new players to the club and to the game in general; we have an open membership policy and offer cricket for boys and girls aged 5 to 17 and have built up a reputation of being a welcoming and open club – with safety and fun being at the centre of everything we do.

SAFETY AND WELLBEING

We will always put everyone’s safety and wellbeing first. We are an accredited Clubmark Club and adhere to the ‘Safe Hands’ Policy for Safeguarding Children in Cricket (available to view online at https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding). All of the adults at the club who work with children and meet the necessary criteria are checked and vetted by the ECB.

TRAINING

Outdoor training is run from the middle of April through to the end of August and all takes place at our main ground – Gunnersbury Drive (unless otherwise advised).

Sunday mornings – 10am to 11.30am. Registration will be from 9.45am to 9.55am with an immediate start at 10am.

All Stars; Boys age groups: Under 9’s; Under 10’s; Under 11’s; Under 12’s; Under 13’s, Under 14’s and Under 15’s. Girls age groups: Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s and Under 15’s

Tuesday evening – 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Boys age groups: Under 16’s and Under 17’s. Training will be with the seniors (start date to be confirmed).

Friday evenings – 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Girls hardball training including the following age groups Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s and Under 15’s. We encourage as many of the Under 14’s and Under 15’s group who are ready to play in the women’s team to train with them on Wednesday evenings.

Girls Under 16’s and 17’s – as there is no junior cricket for this age group we would encourage you to come down with the ladies on Wednesday’s; if you don’t feel ready for senior cricket Friday’s would be an option.

The sessions will be not just on the technical side of the game i.e. nets but also aspects like cricket fitness; match awareness; captaincy; field positions; setting fields; match management including basic scoring and the laws of the game with the aim of improving everyone’s general cricket knowledge. Most importantly, the main intention of the sessions is that everyone is having fun and a rounded cricket experience. We use our 2nd ground, Boddington Gardens, for some training sessions as it has another 3 nets and also enables us to do centre-wicket training on the non-turf pitch.

We do have a supply of club equipment which will be available for use for the younger age groups. As children develop a love for the game they will move to having their own equipment; if unsure please do not hesitate to ask the coaches regarding any equipment requirements especially bats as it is so important that young players use the correct bat size/weight. We normally have a stock of second hand clothing and equipment available as well.

MATCHES

Games are played in April, May and June with some summer games in July and August. We run teams in the Middlesex Junior Cricket Association competitions from Under 9’s to Under 17’s. Mid-week games are 20/20 games and start at 6.00pm; Sunday games are in the mornings, starting at 10.00am. All the junior fixtures are on the website – www.oldactonianscricket.com

SELECTION FOR GAMES/NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE

The age group lead will notify players through the club website by email – you need to acknowledge that your child can play and is aware of the timings etc. (Please note the club cannot accept responsibility for getting your child to away matches or bringing them back). We will always give opportunity to as many players as possible to play games during the summer with the principle of maximum participation in those matches; however, sometimes selection for and participation in matches will be on the basis of ability.

MEMBERSHIP (based on 2023 season)

The cost for junior membership is £120.00 for the 1st child and £95.00 for siblings which covers:-

  • All outdoor training sessions from middle of April to the end of August
  • All matches and festivals throughout the summer
  • Cricket Ball
  • A cricket voucher for a complimentary day at one of our cricket camps

*New members will also receive a cricket shirt and all girl members, either renewals or new members, will receive a pair of coloured trousers for matches for the 2023 season.*

We also encourage parents to become members of Actonians Sports Club and you can include that on the completed membership form. The cost of that is £45.00 per adult.

Benefits for juniors and adults include: a 10% discount on drinks purchased at the bar. The club also offer complimentary WiFi and Spotify as well as free Sky Sports and BT Sports programmes.

Could you please complete and return the attached registration form to me as soon as possible – clifford.pile@ntlworld.com and arrangement payment by BACS (Account Name: Old Actonians Association Cricket Club Colts Section; Sort Code: 20-27-48: A/C Number: 40149543); with the reference Member/Child’s Name.

All members – juniors and adults - will be issued with an individual club membership card. All cards have the facility to ‘top-up’ to help move away from ‘cash’. As of today’s date the club does not accept cash across the bar. Membership is for the whole year and not just the cricket season so it would be great to see you enjoying your membership outside of cricket times as well.

We are also an accredited club to run 2 national programmes which are designed to introduce children to the game, teaching them new skills and having a great time.

ALL STARS

All Stars Cricket provides a fantastic first experience for all children aged 5-8 years old with an 8 weeks programme of activity and skills development. The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport and teach them new skills. Cost = £40.00

We have 2 hourly groups on Sunday mornings: 10am to 10.50am and 11am to 11.50am

DYNAMOS CRICKET

Dynamos Cricket provides a fantastic next step for all those graduating from All Stars Cricket and the perfect introduction for all 8-11 year-olds new to the sport. Complementing junior cricket, Dynamos provides children with a more social offer focused on developing fundamental movement skills and applying them in an exciting game of countdown cricket over an 8 week programme and is linked to The Hundred. Cost = £40.00.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Registration and Social Evening – February 2024

Junior Section BBQ – May, July and end of season festival

Junior Festival – September 2024

HOW IS THE CLUB RUN

The cricket club is run by a number of volunteers and we always welcome offers of help from all members. We hope that as part of the club you will feel able to get involved.

One such area we often need help in is the running of the games (such as scoring) which frees up the coach to manage the games to maximise the enjoyment and hopefully success of the players and ultimately the team. We are grateful to those parents who already help in this respect. Another area of support we need help with is administration – roles include Treasurer, Membership, and Data Protection – if you feel you would like to be involved please let me know.

All of our coaches are volunteers – the more volunteer qualified coaches we have the better quality of coaching we can offer. Formal training costs will be paid by the club for all coaching courses – all we ask in return is for some time helping out on a Sunday morning or at matches.

Hopefully the above gives you a good feel about being a member of Actonians Cricket Club. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.