The Swindon Cricket Club youth setup has enjoyed an incredibly successful season. While success can often be measured in terms of results, wins, league titles and trophies (we will get to them!) it is also incredibly satisfying for the club to see:
- Children from 5 years old enjoying playing cricket and developing a love for the game.
- The club being well used on a Friday night as part of the ‘Friday Night is Cricket Night’ sessions, but also seeing our members utilise our fantastic facilities outside of these sessions.
- Youth members improving their game year on year, resulting in match winning performances on the pitch.
- Players within the youth setup playing within senior sides on a Saturday and often putting in match winning performances all the way from the 4th XI to the 2nd XI – it’s only a matter of time until 1st XI places are being challenged for!
- Our investment in coaching having a great impact on player development, retention and the attraction of new players.
- More youth members and in particular more girls learning and playing cricket with the club.
- More inquiries about playing cricket at Swindon CC this year than this writer can remember – the World Cup final win may have helped!
- Swindon CC players featuring heavily in Wiltshire County and District Cricket - over 20 Swindon CC boys and girls represented the County plus great number of others were involved in District cricket.
- Parents getting involved with helping us to run coaching sessions, matches and administration. You are unsung heroes that make the SCC wheels go round and help us keep improving the club.
The list below covers the final standings of the U11 to U15s teams. Please remember that these amazing final standings and individual performances will be celebrated at the [b]YOUTH PRESENTATION NIGHT at the club on Friday 27th September (Time TBC). More details are to follow on this, but we hope parents and young players can join us to celebrate what has been an amazing youth season. Awards will be handed out on the night.
And now we get to the impressive list of wins, league positions, titles and trophies:
- U11 As won WYCL Division 1 with 9 wins from 9.
- U11 Bs (development squad) 4th in ECB Hardball North Wilts with 4 wins from 8.
- U13 As won WYCL Division 1 with 5 wins from 7.
- U13 Bs WYCL Division 2 finished 6th with 2 wins from 6.
- U13s won the T20 league with 5 wins from 6.
- U15 As won WYCL Division 1 with 7 wins from 10.
- U15 Bs (Swindon/Marlborough CC collaboration) WYCL Division 2 finished 4th with 1 win from 7.
- U15s runners up in Wiltshire ECB Vitality Club T20
In addition to the above the club also had successful U9 softball tournaments and had more All Stars (5-8 year old’s) than ever before.
As well as recognising team success this is also a great chance to acknowledge and thank those people who help the club deliver such a successful, safe and enjoyable youth cricket setup. There are so many people (apologies to any missed), but thanks (in no particular order) must go to:
- Kevin Thompson – the man the club could not do without. Legend!
- Wayne Pascall – a top coach, a top bloke and helping us bring the best out of our talented young cricketers.
- Andy Grayson – our lead All Star activator who organised enjoyable and safe sessions for more All Stars than ever. A mean feat for 60+ under 8s!
- Coaches – too many to mention by name, but you are all equally appreciated.
- Officials – all those parents and helpers who scored, umpired and officiated. The games would not go ahead without you.
- Administrators – those who helped with the organisation of teams, squads, match day travel, result inputs and all those other tasks which allow the youths to play their cricket.
- Parents – thanks for encouraging your children and getting them to training and matches.
- Volunteers – all the volunteers associated with our youth setup.
- BBQ, Tuck Shop and Bar – Andy Staff, ‘The Bakers’ (you come as a team!) and others who looked after the BBQ, shop and Bar. Thanks for keeping people fed and raising funds for the club which can be reinvested in our facilities and youth setup.
- Teas – all those people who made sandwiches, cakes and more to feed the ravenous players!
The club relies on volunteers to help ‘make things happen’. Thanks to you all and if you are able to provide help through the winter or next season (in any capacity) please contact Kevin, Wayne or the club committee who will be more than happy to help you to help us.
See you all on the 27th!