Stoke D’Abernon has one of the most celebrated junior sections in the county; providing cricket for over 200 colts, boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 17, giving them the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game. Many play county age group cricket, some have been chosen for Surrey’s Emerging Players’ Programme, and full internationals have also come through the ranks.
The club attained full ECB Clubmark accreditation in 2009.
We are an ECB Focus Club.
SDCC fully supports ECB Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children ensuring that all children, (persons under the age of 18), participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience, ECB Cricket Equity Policy and ECB Coaches Code of Conduct.
The club fields teams in the West Surrey Youth League and Cup’s as well as the Mid-Surrey League and Cup fixtures for ages U9 upwards. Several age groups are also entered into ECB National Cups. Additionally, friendly matches are organised where possible.
The clubs aim is to promote cricket for all standards irrespective of their starting ability. Get our colts involved in quality training programs enabling our younger members to have the opportunity to improve year after year and are dedicated to developing young cricketing talent. Whilst we take our cricket seriously our emphasis is always to have fun.
Colts Managers and Training Dates for 2014
Under 7s, Under 8s and Under 9s
U6, U7, U8 and U9 training on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6.30pm at the main Stoke D’Abernon Ground. The bar is open and players and parents are welcome to watch the senior sides train afterwards.
U10 & U11 training on Mondays from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Sid Lahiri Cricket Academy, Parkside School
Managers : Jonathan Lawes (Jonathan@cube-re.com) and Alistair Ramsay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Manager : Danny Broomfield (email@example.com)
Admin : Caroline Neat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
U12 & U13 training on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm at the Sid Lahiri Cricket Academy, Parkside School
Manager : TBA
Manager : Rod Thomson (email@example.com)
U14 & U15 training is arranged around school exam commitments and other fixtures
Interim Welfare Officer – Caroline Neat
The club fields teams in the West Surrey Youth League and Cups as well as the Mid-Surrey League and Cup fixtures for ages U9 upwards. Several age groups are also entered into ECB National Cups. Additionally, friendly matches are organized where possible.
The clubs aim is to promote cricket for all standards irrespective of their starting ability. Getting our colts involved in quality training programs enables our younger members to have the opportunity to improve year after year and are dedicated to developing young cricketing talent. Whilst we take our cricket seriously our emphasis is always to have fun.
Colts Moving into Senior Cricket
The ultimate aim of our colts program is to feed the senior’s section who play on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The transition from the Colts to senior cricket is bridged with our colts playing alongside seniors, initially for the Sunday side and our Academy Squad in the Surrey Trust League – opportunities are often given in our League 1st and 2nd XIs.
We are very encouraged by the quality of cricket played in our youth section, this is reflected in the large number of boys and girls who are selected to play for the District and County Youth teams, with a handful in the current Emerging player program within Surrey CC.
How to Join
At Stoke we welcome new young players of all abilities. If you are interested in joining, please contact our Director of Colts Cricket, Andrew Trower – firstname.lastname@example.org
Download our full Colts Handbook here : Colts Handbook 2014
Download our Welcome letter for new colts from the Chairman: Welcome Letter
Recent History of our Colts Section
We got to this stage as a result of eight years’ initial hard work between 2001 and 2009 by a passionate team of volunteers. In 2001 we were turning out just three senior teams a week from a squad of 42 just players. The situation was unsustainable and then Chairman Chris Gudgeon assembled a small team of parents and players to build a colts programme which would supply future senior teams.
Stoke’s policy of developing a pool of young players would not have been achieved without the leadership and commitment of many of the senior players, past and present. The juniors are integrated into senior sides and are given a role in the team; and the senior players work with the youngsters to prepare them for their future senior careers.
When Stoke clinched promotion to the Surrey Championship in 2008, eight of the eleven players in the side were under the age of 21, and four of those originally joined our club as under 10s.
At the top of the age group, juniors are integrated into the side that plays in the Surrey Trust League. Since 2007 we have taken on and beaten the best academy sides in Surrey, and have reached the semi-finals in four of the five years we have taken part.
We also run Development XI matches to satisfy the ever increasing demand we have from parents to see their children play in senior matches.