The future of any club is based firmly on youth development and it is an area that we take very seriously at Headley. The emphasis is very much on enjoyment and positive, confidence-building experiences as the coaches look to encourage not only the acquisition of basic cricketing skills, but also that of leadership and a wider understanding of the game. Competitive matches begin at Under 9 level with age appropriate playing conditions and continue through to under 15, by which time many will already have been introduced into one of the senior teams. Many of our youngsters have progressed to our men's and women's teams and others have gone on to even higher achievement. All of them, we hope, have developed a long-term love and respect for the game of cricket.
2020 practice - mid July onwards
The easing of covid-19 lockdown measures means that we are able to start junior practice sessions again. The club has been given a number of guidelines to follow to keep everyone safe and these will be implemented at all junior practice sessions. The most important elements are as follows:
- Social distancing is to be practiced by everyone attending the session (players, coaches, parents)
- Hand washing is to take place before the session, at 20 minute gaps during sessions and at the end of the session.
- Equipment cannot be shared. If a child needs to borrow club equipment (e.g. bat or pads), these then cannot be used by anyone else and cleaning of the equipment will take place at the end of the session.
Practice will take place at BOSC (Bordon & Oakhanger sports club) on Saturday afternoons.
The times will be as follows:
2 - 3pm - Under 9's
2 - 4pm - Under 11's
4 - 5pm - Under 13's
Address of BOSC - Bolley Avenue, Whitehill & Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 9HG
FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR 2020 - the club has decided that due to the shortened season, there will be no membership fee for junior members in 2020. There will be charge of £1 per practice session, mainly to cover extra cleaning equipment.
For any new member, the first session is free!
IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS OF NEW JUNIOR MEMBERS - the club policies cover a number of important areas around the safeguarding of your child. By signing the membership form, you are agreeing that you have read all the documents on the 'Club Policies' page.
These will hopefully answer any questions you may have about the Headley junior section, our aims and the game of cricket.
When are junior training sessions?
Indoor sessions run from February to mid April and outdoor sessions are April to end of August
How do I pay for my child?
There is a small membership fee that covers your child for the year. Then for coaching sessions and matches we offer an easy pay as you go scheme.
My daughter wants to play cricket. Is that OK?
Yes, Headley welcomes both boys and girls. Teams are mixed in gender at the moment at junior level, but the club has a clear development path for girls, as they can play for the women's team once they have reached year 8 at school.
Do I need to buy any equipment?
No, Headley provide junior pads, gloves, helmets and bats. However, you may wish to purchase some of these items, in which case our coaches will be happy to advise you.
Will my child be given the chance to play matches?
Yes! What makes Headley different from most clubs is that we want all of our juniors to get stuck in, no matter what their ability. All of our junior members will be selected to play - if they want to of course! However, for those just wanting to join in for the coaching sessions, that's perfectly fine too.
What does my child need to wear for matches?
Cricket Whites, Trainers and a Box for boys (box not required for under 9's).
Does my child have to wear a helmet when batting?
All players under the age of 19 facing a hard cricket ball whilst playing MUST wear a helmet - whether in a game or in practice. This is a safety requirement of the governing body for cricket in the UK (the England and Wales Cricket Board). When playing or practicing with a soft balls, it is not required to wear a helmet. All games and practice at the under 9 age group is with a soft ball.
How do I find out about fixtures?
Fixtures are posted on our Play Cricket website, here.
What happens if it's raining on a day there is an outdoor session?
Outdoor sessions will not take place if it's raining or if the ground is too wet. We try our very best to send a message (usually via WhatsApp) to parents to confirm if practice can't take place.