Youth Cricket in Hemingford 2022

As we edge nearer to summer, Hemingford Park Cricket Club have been working hard on a much needed reset and are planning a busy summer of cricket when the season begins in May.

Some of the major changes and initiatives will include:

  • The use of Spond for official communications, player availability / selection and (hopefully) payments.
  • A new bank account and a tidying up of our finances
  • A new, enthusiastic and ambitious 10 strong committee
  • Online player registrations for both juniors and seniors
  • Fixing the ground preparation machinery so we can create better quality wickets
  • Seeking sponsorship more widely to improve our facilities, for example an additional net so juniors can safely train with seniors.
  • Bridging the gap between the Junior, Senior and Friday night sides
  • We are able to run an U15s team, something we have not managed for a number of years
  • U11 and U13 teams will also continue

However, the huge interest in cricket among the kids in the area are not sufficiently matched by the number of volunteers in some areas and we desperately need a few more enthusiastic people to offer a bit of their time.

  • Dynamos / Under 9s. With Stuart, Tim and Mark moving up to the U11s, there is no-one lined up to take on the huge amount of interest in U9s cricket which would be a real disappointment.
  • All-Stars (Years 1 and 2) Coaches. We weren’t able to run All-Stars last year and there is no prospect again this year unless we can find coaching volunteers to come forward. There may be an experienced All-Stars mentor willing to come forward for another summer if we can find him an apprentice.
  • Safeguarding Officer. Vic has kindly offered to be Safeguarding officer for one more year, but we need to find a replacement for next year. This is a crucial role at the club, without it there can be no junior cricket at all. Someone shadowing Vic this year would ensure we are able to continue smoothly into next year.
  • Grounds Team. Looking after the cricket square can be a satisfying and rewarding project for someone with a bit of spare time, looking to stay involved in team sports, likes to keep fit and enjoys gardening. Training will be provided for anyone keen but unsure what is involved, with free drinks at the pavilion bar on offer for all home games!

If any individual (or better, a group of 2 or 3 friends) are interested in taking any of these roles on then please do get in touch. Being a coach can be a fun and rewarding experience particularly if it as part of a coaching team where everyone does a bit and the commitment is shared. Training can be provided, especially for those not familiar with the game.

Finally, we are planning another fund raiser on the afternoon of Sunday 8th of May as a curtain opener to the season. Details still to be confirmed but Parents vs Kids game followed by a family BBQ likely to be a part.