Colts

Stoke D’Abernon CC Colts is now recruiting boys and girls for all age groups from Under 8 through to Under 15.  Please get in touch for more information by e-mailing : sdccmembership@hotmail.com

Stoke D’Abernon has one of the most celebrated junior sections in the county; providing cricket for over 150 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 17, giving them the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game.

Training takes place at the Club and is run by the Star Cricket Academy and our current and former overseas players. Parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy the cricket, the surroundings and the fully licensed bar. A BBQ will often be found on Friday night for both players and spectators.

Many of our Colts play within the Surrey Performance and County Age Group systems, some have been chosen for Surrey’s Emerging Players’ Programme, and full internationals have also come through the ranks. Recently one of our academy products opened the bowling for Surrey’s 1st XI.

Nat Sciver, a member of the winning 2017 England Women’s World Cup Team is a former SDCC Colt.

The club attained full ECB Clubmark accreditation in 2009 and has received sign-off to the end of the 2018 season.

We are an ECB Focus Club.

We full support the 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.

Stoke offers fixtures for ages U8 upwards. The club fields teams in the West Surrey Youth League and Cup, and the Mid-Surrey League and Cup. Stoke D’Abernon is one of 30 clubs in the county to be invited to participate in the new WSYCL Academy League. 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. Getting 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.

2018 Colts Managers and Officials
Colts Cricket League Representative – Kevin Morgan – kpmorgan01@gmail.com (07775) 530888
Colts Membership Secretary – Shannon Clinton – sdccmembership@hotmail.com – (07802) 410985
Welfare Officer – Victoria Cheeseman

Colts Managers for 2018

Under 7s and Under 8s
Manager : Mark Hendricks (markh@sagil.capital.com)

Under 9s
Manager : Mark Christie (mark.christie@natwest.com)

Under 7, Under 8 and Under 9 Training is at the Stoke D’Abernon Recreation Ground on Tuesdays between 5.30pm and – 7pm

Under 10s
Managers : Mark Bullingham (mark.bullingham@omnicommediagroup.com) & Joel Segal (joeldsegal@gmail.com)

Under 10 Academy
Manager : James Cheeseman (james.cheeseman@tullowoil.com)

Under 11s
Contact : Shannon Clinton (shannon@clinton.uk.com)

Under 10 & Under 11 Training is at the Stoke D’Abernon Recreation Ground on Mondays between 6pm and 7.30pm

Under 12s
Manager : Kevin Morgan (kpmorgan01@gmail.com)
Under 13s
Contact : Shannon Clinton (shannon@clinton.uk.com)

Under 12/13 Training is at the Stoke D’Abernon Recreation Ground on Thursdays between 6pm and 7.30pm

Under 17s (including U14/U15/U16)
Manager: Kevin Morgan (kpmorgan01@gmail.com)

Under 17 Training is at the Stoke D’Abernon Recreation Ground on Wednesdays between 6pm and 7.30pm, the same time as the seniors as they are integrated into senior practice to prepare them for the Surrey Trust League matches.

Training starts the week commencing Monday 23rd April 2018. There is no training on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 or the entire week commencing Monday 28th May 2018. (Half-Term.)

Competing to Win and to Have Fun
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 club’s 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 sections who play on a Saturday and Sunday afternoons and mid-week competitive & friendly matches. 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 and the U17/Senior Division 1 – opportunities are often given in our League 1st and 2nd XIs. In 2015 a 15-year-old was voted the 2nd XI Players’ Player of the Year.

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 Programme within Surrey CCC.

How to Join
At Stoke we welcome new young players of all abilities. If you are interested in joining, please contact our Colts Cricket League Representative, Kevin Morgan, (kpmorgan01@gmail.com), or our Membership Secretary, Shannon Clinton (sdccmembership@hotmail.com)

Download our full Colts Handbook here : Colts Handbook 2014

The 2018 Colts Handbook currently being revised and will replace the above soon. Please refer to the list of Colts Managers in the above rather than those in the above 2014 handbook link.

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 nearly all the 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, and for the parents themselves to take the field with their children.

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