Schools & Youth Cricket
Increasing participation in and improving the standard of youth cricket at both school and club level is a continuous aim for Wiltshire Cricket. We recognise the importance of offering high quality opportunities for today's young cricketers so that children are inspired to play cricket and so that we can continue to produce high quality representative teams and, hopefully, future First Class and England cricketers.
At school level there are many opportunities for children to experience Cricket through the Chance to Shine scheme which encourages school:club links and recognises the importance of matchplay in Cricket. On the subject of match play there are opportunities at both primary and secondary school level for schools to get involved in Cricket competitions and this is very important to Wiltshire Cricket as we want to encourage children to enjoy playing the game at every opportunity.
We now have a real focus on secondary school cricket and have a brand new offer for secondary schools which can be downloaded here.
At club level, there are over 40 clubs in Wiltshire with junior sections. This means that if you are new to the county and looking for a club that offers junior cricket there are plenty of clubs to choose from. There are also many junior league and cup competitions for clubs in Wiltshire and these provide excellent opportunities for young cricketers to further enjoy the playing of the game.
Access to all
Wiltshire Cricket wants to ensure that youngsters can enjoy the game in a safe and enjoyable environment and so there are much guidance and legislation in place to ensure that the welfare of young people in Cricket is protected. We also want the game of Cricket to be open and accessible to all and it is for that reason that Wiltshire Cricket is currently trying to develop and improve opportunties for disabled cricketers.
In partnership with Wiltshire Council, we also run Sloggerz holiday camps in the summer and Spirit of Cricket girls camps in both May half term and the summer holidays. These soft ball camps aim to promote the game to young people, improve skills and hopefully inspire children and young people to join a club.
Understanding the Umpire
Understanding the laws of Cricket and abdiding by the Spirit of Cricket is a very important part of a young Cricketer's development. To assist with this the Wiltshire Association of Cricket Officials (WACO) run a course entitled 'Understanding the Umpire' that consists of a powerpoint based presentation lasting 60-75 minutes with discussion on the ECB ACO structure, the role and duties of the umpire, umpire education, where to get umpire appointments and general information on wides, no balls and LBW. There is also a section on 'Spirit of Cricket'.
CMJ Spirit of Cricket Awards
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the BBC are giving your club’s junior cricketers the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the Home of Cricket for the Royal London One Day Cup Final on 20th September 2014.
This is the second year of the annual CMJ Spirit of Cricket Awards, created by MCC and the BBC in memory of former BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who passed away in January 2013.
This year there is a Boys’ and Girls’ Award – given to the team or individual boy or girl who has best displayed the Spirit of Cricket either on a specific occasion or throughout the 2014 season.
This could be through outstanding sportsmanship, fair play or respect for opponents and umpires.
The winning boys and girls will be rewarded with tickets to the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lord’s on Saturday 20th September and will be interviewed as part of the BBC TMS coverage of the match.
The competition is open to all teams and individual cricketers under the age of 16 and the winners are selected by a panel of judges from MCC and the BBC.
Nominations close at noon on Monday 1st September.
Last year’s winners of the Youth Award (now split into Boys’ and Girls’ Awards) were Alton County Cricket Under 13 girls’ team after they lent fielders to their opposition who were short of players in a league fixture last summer.
To find out more about the awards or to submit an entry, visit www.lords.org/cmjawards
For more information contact:
MCC Communications Officer
Tel: 0207 616 8699
Mobile: 07929 348074