Youth Cricket has been played at Brentwood for many years thanks to the hard work of many club members. The committee today consists of Jonathan Bell (Chairman), Les Wingrove (Club Welfare Officer), Mark Dixon (Treasurer), Neeru Bhardwaj (Membership Secretary), Mark Harvey (Equipment Secretary) Penny Todd (Head of Girls Cricket), Jan West (Fixture Secretary), Paul Raghaven (Manager Coordinator), Ken Hobbs and all our team managers.
We have been successfully re-accredited as a Clubmark club which demonstrates that the club takes issues like Child Welfare seriously. We are also a Focus club. Focus Clubs are selected by County Boards on the basis that:
They are identified as a key deliverer within the County Cricket Board Strategic Development Plan.
They are committed to delivery of junior development programmes and/or development activities with specific target groups (disability, women/girls, and ethnic minorities).
They are able to access and utilise ECB, County Cricket Board and local development resources to support the delivery of their club development plan.
As a club we have continued to go from strength to strength and both our Colts and Senior sections aim for success. We are one of the few clubs in the area to play 4 adult sides – all are entered into their respective Shepherd Neame leagues. Our Colts feature regularly in all of the senior sides – over 40 Colts represented Brentwood at Adult level in 2019. We do not support Colts playing in senior games just to make up the numbers i.e. not bowling or batting – our Colts play an active part in any matches they play in.
Brentwood CC Colts feature in many County and District representative teams, and we maintain an honours board to capture individual achievements, on the club website:
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer cricket training to children from the age of 5 to 16 and starting last year, we have also introduced a programme for 2-4 year olds. From the age of 17 training is with the senior members. We train outside from the mid/end of April to early September and, subject to numbers, we look to run an indoor winter training programme from January to April.
Our programmes for ages 2-6 are designed to promote and instil a fun and positive attitude to sport and fitness, by encouraging pre-school and infant children to participate in regular exercise from a young age, all loosely based on a cricket theme. We run an U7 team, playing soft ball friendly cricket matches and we also have an U9 team, playing hard ball cricket, that play in a friendly league, each acting as a gentle introduction into the game. We also organise soft ball matches for our U9‘s. We enter two youth teams into the U11 summer leagues. One of these teams will be formed by the strongest squad available and the other is a development team ensuring that, on a rotational basis, as many Colts as possible experience regular competitive cricket. The U11 Chargers team are entered into the Central Essex District (CEDCB) Cup competition. We also aim to play in the annual end of season Mini-Matchplay competition and the winter indoor league, both held at the Ford County Ground at Chelmsford but entry is not guaranteed year on year, due to the restriction on numbers.
We enter two teams into the Essex U13 leagues. The U13 Chargers team, who are current League Champions, will be formed by the strongest squad available from within the age group and the other is a development team as above. The U13 Chargers side is entered into the CEDCB Cup competition and we also enter an U12 team into the Peter Coe cup – the final of which is played at the County Ground. We also aim to enter the winter indoor league, held at the County Ground, Chelmsford but entry is not guaranteed year on year due to the restriction on numbers.
We enter two teams into the Essex U15 leagues. The U15 Chargers team will be formed by the strongest squad available from within the age group and the other, our U15 Spitfires who are current League Champions, is a development team. The U15 Chargers side is entered into the CEDCB Cup competition, and are the current Cup winners. We also aim to enter one team into the winter indoor league held at the County Ground but again, entry is not guaranteed year on year due to the restriction on numbers.
We enter one U16 side into the Matchplay competition, the final of which is played at The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford.
We also enter an U19 team into a T20 league competition. This started, as an U18 competition in 2013 and will be continuing this season, as a reformatted U19 ECB competition, with possibilities of reaching national level. Over and above the league and cup fixtures as above, we organise as many friendlies as possible in all age groups.
We encourage as much involvement in the club as possible. We aim to run barbecues each Friday evening during colts training and we are always grateful for any help from any budding chefs! In addition, our Colts and their families are always welcome at senior matches.
As an inclusive club, we want to encourage girls to participate in cricket. Each year we look to establish a Women’s and Girls section. Last season, we were able to offer female specific coaching with a new female coach that joined us. This was very popular and we will be looking to continue this again in 2020. If you are interested in playing ladies or girl cricket please get in touch. You don’t need to have played before; we will provide all the necessary coaching. All you need is enthusiasm!
For more information regarding Junior Cricket at Brentwood Cricket Club, please see the separate
2020 Colts Welcome Pack on our website.