Youth Cricket Up and Running!
Well, it certainly wasn’t the first youth training session of the season that we envisaged. For one thing, it was over two months late, and for another, there weren’t the usual 150 – 200 players gracing the hallowed turf of Broadleys Cricket ground on a Friday night. But, at least we’re up and running. There were 15 socially distanced U11 girls, divided into 5 groups of 3 with each group led by one of our enthusiastic MCC coaches. For once, space was not an issue despite the need to ensure players and coaches remained 2 metres apart. The girls were fantastic, it was like they’d never been away - a big well done to all them all, it’s obvious that the lock down has seen a lot of garden-based cricket! A huge thanks to Jonny, Nicole, Tom, Clare, Kiera, Rhys, Amy and Stu for enabling the session to take place.
The first half of this year has seen a lot of ‘ends of’ – the first time in fifty years that ‘x’ hasn’t happened. But, it’s now also seen a ‘first of’ too. The U11 girls session on Friday was closely followed by two sessions run by our senior team for our U13 and U15 Boys on a Saturday afternoon. Yes, a Saturday afternoon, normally the preserve of serious senior cricket at Broadleys! And, by all accounts, it was a resounding success. Each of these sessions was attended by around 15 Boys, and according to our former first team captain, the boys finished the sessions wanting more and looking forward to next week. Again, a huge thanks to James, Will, Cam, Calum, Martin and Matt.
Having learned some lessons we’re now looking forward to adapting and expanding the offering to other age groups over the coming weeks.
Finally, a big thanks must go to Andy and Jonathan for a huge amount of behind the scenes support to ensure our sessions remained safe and to Julie Hendy for her spectacular organisational skills, ensuring our players knew where they had to be and when.
Here’s looking forward to the rest of the season, whatever that looks like!