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.
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.
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 – email@example.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 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 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.
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.