That’s all folks

Well that’s another summer over and our junior cricket programme has drawn to a close.

It pays to continue into the dog days of August.  Last Sunday saw one of the largest turnouts of the summer…..for the first session at least.  

Last Tuesday’s game was one of the best quality – in terms of batting, bowling and fielding – we’ve seen.

And the August Summer Camps were all sold out…….it helps when they’re FREE!    

It’s almost a shame to stop now. 

The sun may shine for a few more weeks, but it’s time for the kids to clean their shoes, iron their shirts and finish the last bit of summer homework before the triumphal return to school.

On the othe hand, if they’ve delegated, you now have additional time on Sunday morning and possibly Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

So take advantage.  And we will be in touch soon with details of next activity.

It’s not long, now, until the New Year!

August

Due to coach holidays/commitments there will be no Sunday morning sessions this week – August 7 – but we will return for both 9.30 and 10.30 sessions on Sunday August 14.  There will also be sessions on August 21 and 28.

The Thursday game night this week is also cancelled but we will be running game nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays thereafter until the end of August.

The FREE Summer camps have been a great success with the first two mornings taking place this week.  All have been closed to new bookings but there were the inevitable last minute drop outs this week so please let us know if you would like to be added to any waiting list for August 15 and 16.

FREE Summer camps

We are now taking bookings for FREE holiday summer camps for girls and boys ages 7-11:

  • Tuesday 2 August 9.00am-12noon
  • Wednesday 3 August 9.00am-12noon
  • Tuesday 16 August 9.00am-12noon
  • Wednesday 17 August 9.00am-12noon

A mix of fun skills, drills and games for the beginner and those with some cricket experience. No equipment required.

Judging by the half term camps, places will go quite quickly so please book here as soon as you can.  

If you need any further information, you can join one of our Wonder Room drop-in Q&A sessions on Saturday mornings, 10.00-11.00am.  

It’s not too late……..

Our information and registration sessions are all done but it’s not too late to sign up and we continue to welcome new kids from ages 5 through to 16 over the coming weeks.

Watch this short video of one of the sessions to hear everything you need to know to start with.

If you have any questions we hold an online drop-in session on Saturday mornings 10.00-11.00am You can find the video, drop-in call details and registration here

Sign up for the Summer

Our first Sunday morning outdoor training session is NEXT Sunday April 24.

And we must have a completed 2022 registration form before anyone can participate.

So additional Information and Registration events have been added to the schedule to cover everything you need to know and answer questions, either general or specific to you.

In addition to the session at Cranbrook School on Thursday, we now have one at the Club on Wednesday and another virtual drop-in next Saturday:

WhenWhereSession 1Session 2
Wednesday 20 AprilStaplehurst Cricket
&Tennis Club
6.00-6.30pm6.30-7.00pm
Thursday 21 AprilCranbrook School
Sports Hall
6.30-7.00pm7.00-7.30pm
Saturday 23 AprilVirtual10.00-10.30am10.30-11.00am

Please register for one of the sessions here. We will then ensure you get joining details for the session you have booked. 

In the meantime, our final FREE indoor sessions at Cranbrook School are on Thursdays, April 21 and 28:

  • 6.00-7.00pm Ages 7-10
  • 7.00-8.00pm Ages 11-16

So it’s not too late to join in and you can book here.

Warm up for the Summer

Our final FREE indoor sessions at Cranbrook School are on Thursdays, April 21 and 28:

  • 6.00-7.00pm Ages 7-10
  • 7.00-8.00pm Ages 11-16

So it’s not too late to join in and you can book here.

The final session overlaps with the start of the outdoor season. Our first Sunday morning training session is on Sunday April 24.

So ahead of this, we have organised our information and registration sessions with the first next week:

WhenWhereSession 1Session 2
Tuesday 12 AprilVirtual6.30-7.00pm7.00-7.30pm
Saturday 16 AprilVirtual10.00-10.30am10.30-11.00am
Wednesday 20 AprilStaplehurst Cricket
&Tennis Club
6.00-6.30pm6.30-7.00pm
Thursday 21 AprilCranbrook School
Sports Hall
6.30-7.00pm7.00-7.30pm
Saturday 23 AprilVirtual10.00-10.30am10.30-11.00am

We will cover everything you need to know and it’s also a chance to ask questions, either general or (privately) specific to you.

So please register for one of the sessions here.

We will then ensure you get joining details for the session you have booked. 

FREE Winter training

Winter training returns in 2022 with eight weekly sessions in Cranbrook School Sports Hall on Thursday evenings NOW from 10 March to 28 April inclusive:

  • 6.00-7.00pm Ages 7-10
  • 7.00-8.00pm Ages 11-16

Our indoor winter training programme caters for all abilities from ages 7 upwards. No previous cricket experience or equipment is necessary.

It provides a fun and fitness-focused warm-up for the new season. Sessions are a mix of drills and games with some nets and individual coaching for the older and more experienced.

For those who have already been with us in the past, sessions will build on that learning and development. But we also welcome those who are completely new to the game.

Teamer invites, requesting availability for all 8 sessions, will be issued shortly to existing programme members.

All new participants must book here.

The sessions are FREE to all.

If you need any further information, we are running drop-in sessions on Saturday mornings, 10-11.00am, on the Wonder Room online platform and you just need to click on this link to drop in!

Why Weald Coaching?

Our ethos is quite simple:

We want as many kids to experience cricket as possible and, ultimately, go on to play cricket as adults.

In between, that means we have to develop a culture of excellence in building participation through mass outreach, working with local schools and the community, inspiring a lifelong love of cricket by identifying and nurturing talents and enabling the kids to develop as far as they can. By enjoying what they do and having fun.

We have a track record of doing that over 15 years at Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club. Now, as Weald Coaching, we are commiting all our time and energies to building on it. We are intent on creating a series of programmes that cater appropriately for every child, whatever their current level of cricket capability, from complete beginner to high performance athlete. And attracting the dedicated resources and coaching capacity for that to happen.

But it also means doing some things differently. Our approach pre-dated the development of ECB national programmes and we think we have more experience and knowledge to deliver an all round offer to kids at the youngest ages without the constraints of weekly coaching schedules and some session plans which ignore the kids’ levels of awareness of what cricket is.

Similarly, we have created a competitive cricket offer at ages 8 through to 16 which accommodates the kids’ capabilities, not simply their age. Where the emphasis is on participation and development and not the strongest cricketers or simply winning. Yet, we intend delivering more appropriate playing opportunities, week-on-week, than has been possible previously.

And at older ages – 15, 16 and above – where we have always achieved higher retention rates than other comparable providers, the new set up will be a signal of our commitment to creating segmented delivery for those who enjoy the social and team aspects of cricket alongside those who want to develop their individual skills and performance. And recognise that not all will be ready at 17 or 18 to consider playing adult cricket.

Of course, within all of this, and central to delivering on our ethos is creating a culture of excellence in inclusivity and diversity. We have long recognised we are not doing enough for the 50% of the population that has not traditionally thought of any sport, and cricket in particular, as being for them. Especially beyond the ages of 12 and 13 when needs begin to diversify. The new set-up will allow us to focus on that more rigorously.