Colts

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. Last year one of our academy products opened the bowling for Surrey’s 1st XI.

The club attained full ECB Clubmark accreditation in 2009 and has just 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.

The club fields teams in the West Surrey Youth League and Cup as well as the Mid-Surrey League and Cup fixtures for ages U8 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.

2017 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

Colts Managers for 2017

Under 7s/8s
Managers : Oli Slipper (oliver.slipper@gmail.com) and Mark Christie (mark.christie@natwest.com)
Under 7, Under 8 and Under 9 Training is at Parkside School on Tuesdays between 5.30pm and 7pm

Under 9s
Manager : Geoff Vinall (geoff.vinall@btinternet.com)
Under 7, Under 8 and Under 9 Training is at Parkside School on Tuesdays between 5.30pm and 7pm

Under 10s
Manager : Oli Slipper (oliver.slipper@gmail.com)
Under 10 & Under 11 Training is at Parkside School on Mondays between 6pm and 8pm

Under 11s
Manager : Kevin Morgan (kpmorgan01@gmail.com)
Under 10 & Under 11 Training is at Parkside School on Mondays between 6pm and 8pm

Under 12s
Manager : Mark Christie (mark.christie@natwest.com)
Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 Training is at Parkside School on Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm

Under 13s
Manager : TBC
Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 Training is at Parkside School on Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm

Under 14s
Manager : Malcolm Dunn (mrdunn@reeds.surrey.sch.uk)
Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 Training is at Parkside School on Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm

Under 15s
Managers : Alistair Ramsay (alistairramsay@btinternet.com)
Under 14 & Under 15 Training is at the Stoke D’Abernon Recreation Ground on Wednesdays between 6.15pm and 8pm

Under 17 Cup
Manager : Rod Thomson (rodyt@sky.com)

Training starts the week commencing Monday 24th April 2017. There is no training on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017 or the entire week commencing Monday 29th May 2017. (Half-Term.)

Welfare Officer – Victoria Cheeseman

Dates for training sessions will appear here soon…
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’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 and the ECB Under 19 T20 Blast Competition – 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 CC.

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

Download our full Colts Handbook here : Colts Handbook 2014

The 2017 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 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.

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