West Bergholt Cricket Colts have active youth activities even before the main cricket season starts, they have provided the following update.
The cricketing new year started off for us in March with our latest indoor cricket training sessions for our young cricketers (Colts) at Holmwood House school. We held sessions for our Junior Colts who are those still at primary school and the Senior Colts who are at secondary school.
Over the course of the sessions, our Junior Colts were shown the basics of the game and got to try out their newly acquired skills through a range of fun mini-games. Our Senior colts also had some fun games to improve their techniques and improve their reaction times before finally padding up for batting and bowling practice.
We still have two more weeks of the indoor training to run in April getting the players ready for the outdoor season which will start on the 5th of May with Colts Registration and training at 10.30 a.m.
Hearing of all the effort we had been putting into re-energising the Colts Section and cleaning up the Club House, Essex Cricket chose us as one of only 6 Clubs to visit on Nat West Club Force Day with the Specsavers County Championship Cup, of which Essex are the current holders.
Our youngsters (and some of our older volunteers too) enjoyed the opportunity to hold the cup and dream big. The Essex representative also brought some positive news that after being unsuccessful in an earlier funding bid to provide a separate changing area for ladies and youths we are being considered for some alternate funding so fingers crossed we are successful in that!
On Saturday the 24th March we took part in the Club Force Initiative which brings volunteers and clubs all over the country together to get Cricket Grounds and Club Houses ready for the forthcoming season. We were lucky to have 15 volunteers both adults and children come along and give us a hand to get the club ready.
March also brought the start of the registration process for All Stars Cricket, which is a training programme specially designed for 5- to 8-year-olds. The programme provides eight weeks of training plus a bat, personalised shirt and backpack all for £40.
We are very lucky to have Mr Gareth Minter, P.E. Co-Ordinator from Heathlands Primary School, leading the programme for us. At the time of writing, we already have 18 children booked onto our sessions which start on the 2nd June, so we are very much looking forward to welcoming these little cricketers to the club. We welcomed 3 of the All Stars on Saturday when the County Championship Cup came to visit, they were very excited to have their first mini-game of cricket on the Club’s cricket pitch.