- Under 9s (“U9” – under school year 5)
- Under 11s (“U11” – under school year 7)
- Under 13s (“U13” – under school year 9)
- Under 15s (“U15” – under school year 11)
Children are members of a group up until the end of the season of the year in which they have their birthday. For instance, if a child is 9 years old and they turn 10 on 1st May, they continue to be a member of Under 9s until the end of the season (around the beginning of September) then they move up to Under 11s. This roughly fits to school years.
Often children will take part in training and matches for the age group above, depending on their skill and enthusiasm. We regularly have children playing games for Under 9 and Under 11, or Under 11 and Under 13, in the same season.
All junior cricket training is held from around 6pm until 8pm on Friday evenings (changing to 6:30 – 8:30pm when the evenings get lighter). From mid-winter, normally February, until April we train indoors, with U9 and U11 training together, and U13 and U15 training together. These “winter nets” sessions are held at:
- Heckmondwike Grammar School
High St, Heckmondwike, WF16 0AH
From mid-late April until late August training is at Liversedge Cricket Club using our large cricket ground and outdoor training nets. We also have a yearly “Parents vs Kids” match for U11s and U13s which proves to be great fun – and extremely competitive!
You can download a printable sheet containing all the details for our junior training sessions for 2019 here. Feel free to pass this information on to friends and family with youngsters who might want to get involved. Cricket is a very inclusive sport, and we’d love to encourage others to have a go.
We have a simple structure for training fees: each week that a junior participates in training and/or matches they must pay £4, irrespective of how many teams or matches they play in that week. It is £4 per child, so if you have two children come to training and/or play in matches the total will be £8.
Here’s a few scenarios:
- If a child attends training on a Friday, then has a match on the next Tuesday and a match on the Thursday the cost is £4.
- If a child attend training, but does not play in any matches that week, the cost is still £4.
- If a child can’t make it to training, but still plays in one or more matches that week, the cost is £4. (It’s worth noting that not coming to training may reduce your child’s chances of being picked for a match.)
- If a child does not attend training, and does not play in any matches (for example because you’re on holiday) there is no charge.
Because we know it can be tricky budgeting for children’s activities you can pay 7 weeks for the price of 6 in one lump sum (£24). That also means you’re not scrabbling down the back of the sofa to find loose change on a Friday night!
We keep a register of attendance at training and at matches and will ask for payment for each week a child participates. Normally it’s best to pay at Friday training, but we can also take payment during the week at matches.
The fees go towards the general running of the cricket club, including purchasing training equipment and upkeep of the grounds.
All our coaches are volunteers, and many have children in one or more of the age groups. All coaches are CRB checked, and are overseen by the Club Chairman, who also happens to be in charge of all junior cricket.
We always welcome additional help with training and matches. This doesn’t have to involve running or having balls thrown at you! Some of the ways parents and other family members can help out with junior cricket are:
- Scoring matches
- Collecting subs
- Taking the training register
- Helping to set up for matches (put out boundary flags etc)
- Make and serve food and drinks
- And, of course, providing support to the teams at matches
Liversedge is a really family friendly club, as you can tell by many members of the club – and some coaches – who have been attending since they were children and now bring their own children. We have a great programme of events happening through the year, and we’d love to tell you about them.
See more information about our junior cricket coaching on these pages: