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Wales Age Groups Celebrate Success

CLAIRE NICHOLAS AND UMAR MALIK RECOGNISED AT 2017 CRICKET WALES AWARDS Western Storm star Claire Nicholas and up and coming batsmen Umar Malik were just two individuals who were......

New Officials Courses

Our umpire training season starts after Christmas and we will be running Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses at Ynystawe CC. Under the new system, registration and booking is......

Cricket Wales mourns the passing of former Chair Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies, the former Glamorgan cricketer and Chairman of Cricket Wales, died in hospital in Cardiff on December 2nd after a short illness. Born in Pembrey in July 1932, Hugh......

Gabbys Blog Down Under Weeks 4 to 8

So it's been about a month since the last blog and after the last game vs Carlton Brunswick we had a bye and break in the fixtures for Melbourne Cup weekend. I managed to play an......

Gabbys Blog Down Under Weeks 2 to 3

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2018 Junior Cricket Roadshows Postponed

For your information!!!! All Stars Clubs We hope you're enjoying your weekend? We just wanted to send you a final reminder that the following dates for the 2017 Junior Cricket......

Cricket Wales National Coaching Conference 2017

The Cricket Wales National Coaching Conference, 2017. Sunday 8th October saw the first Cricket Wales National Coaching Conference take place at Glamorgan Cricket. Towards 50......

Cricket Wales Coach Education Programme 2017-2018

Cricket Wales Coach Education Programme 2017-2018 ECB CERTIFICATE IN COACHING CHILDREN’S CRICKET “The course is designed to help to develop your confidence and equip......

Gabbys winter down under Blog 1

Gabby's Trip Down Under After spending weeks getting everything in place for my season in Melbourne, it nearly all went pear shaped at 6am Sunday morning when I was checking in......


Club & Workforce

Cricket clubs lie at the heart of our sport and our communities. Cricket clubs provide opportunities for people to play competitive cricket, enjoy their leisure time and congregate with friends and family. Underpinning a network of thriving crickets clubs is a skilled and passionate workforce including captains, coaches, officials, groundsmen and administrators. These pages are designed to support our clubs and our workforce to be the best they can be.

Clubs

More than 230 cricket clubs span the length and breath of Wales offering playing opportunities for more than 14,000 players. From Anglesey to Ynystawe, cricket clubs thrive at the heart of Welsh communities.

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Club Support

The ECB Club Support pages provide a range of self-help support resources available to help cricket clubs meet the ever-changing demands and challenges they face. Take a look at this brief animation to see how your club can start creating its own Sustainable Future. ECB Club Support

Senior Cricket - A Celebration

Club Affiliation

Our Core Offer is designed to provide essential access to; support, guidance, and opportunities for every club throughout Wales. This is to help them be the best they can be. By affiliating to Cricket Wales, clubs automatically become part of the ECB.
Our most recent Core Club Affiliation Offer is available to view here Click here.

For more information please contact your local Cricket Development Officer or email info@cricketwales.org.uk

Accreditation

is the ECB's standard for high quality community cricket clubs. It shows that a club provides the right environment, which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. An ECB accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they're choosing the right club for their young people.
For further information about ECB ClubMark please Click Here.

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Funding

Raising funds is one of the biggest challenges facing cricket clubs today. The ECB has a range of resources and funding opportunities to support clubs in Wales.

A specialist document created for Wales, details what funding opportunities the ECB are able to provide in Wales. Click here to view.

For more information please visit the ECB Website Click here for ECB Club Funding Support or contact your local Development Officers .
Sport Wales provide funding support and guidance to help support community sport. Sport.wales/funding--support.aspx

Stay in the Game

The recruitment of new junior players in Wales remains positive. Like many other team sports retaining young players in the game is an increasing challenge. Research commissioned by the ECB has been used to produce a suite of tools and resources to help clubs address the drop off amongst players aged 14 - 25.
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Get the Game On

With player numbers in England & Wales dropping by 7% and the number of abandonments and cancellations on the rise, it's vital that we find ways to get cricket games played. When captains, coaches, clubs, leagues, groundsmen and officials work together to get the game on, everyone wins. Let's make every ball, every run, and every game count this season!

Click Here for "Get The Game On".

Privacy Policy & Data Protection

The Club in question will use the information provided on this form, as well as, other information it obtains about the participant to administer his/her cricketing activity at the Club, and in any activities in which he/she participates through the Club, and to care for and supervise, activities in which he/she is involved. In some cases this may require the Club to disclose the information to County Boards, leagues, and clubs and to the ECB. In the event of a medical safeguarding issue arising, the Club may disclose certain information to doctors or other medical specialists and/or to police, children’s social care, the courts and/or probation officers and, potentially, to legal and other advisers involved in an investigation. As the person completing this form, you must ensure that each person whose information you include in this form knows what will happen to this information and how it will be disclosed. Your Junior league will use statistical information whilst Cricket Wales / Glamorgan Cricket will also use the information for statistical purposes and the distribution of cricket newsletters, for which there will be options to unsubscribe. There will be no selling of information to any third party.


Competition

Throughout Wales there are many different levels of competition that test a range of abilities. This section starts with competitions organised directly by Cricket Wales and then covers events organised by affiliated senior and junior leagues.

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Cricket Wales Welsh Cup (Seniors)

The Cricket Wales Welsh Cup is the only all Wales knock-out cup competition and culminates in a prestigious national final that crowns the champions of Wales. Entry is open to all affiliated Cricket Wales clubs. To enter the Cricket Wales Welsh Cup contact   robin.varley@cricketwales.org.uk

Details of the draw for the Welsh Cup can be found at welshcricketcup.play-cricket.com

Cricket Wales U13 and U15 Cups

Cricket Wales U13 and U15 Cups

Each year the Cricket Wales U13 and U15 Club Championships start with regional zones and finish with national semis and finals which are played at The Swalec Stadium or Premier League grounds. Entry is open to all affiliated Cricket Wales clubs.

To access the draw for each of the U13 and U15 competitions please follow the links as follows:
For details of Wales boys U13 fixtures click here.

For details of Wales boys U15 fixtures click here.

ECB Natwest U13 and U15 Club Championships

Every year Cricket Wales enters a Welsh team into the ECB Natwest U13 and U15 Club Championships, with a number of Welsh clubs having gone on to be crowned ECB champions.
For further information contact Kerry.Lloyd@cricketwales.org.uk

U19 T20 Blast



ECB Natwest U19 T20 Competition

The purpose of this event is to help clubs retain players beyond the age of 15. It is played on a regional basis with no national finals. Coloured clothing, music and a party atmosphere is the order of the day!
For further information contact Mark White at NatWest.U19T20@cricketwales.org.uk
You can also find out more by visiting the ECB U19 T20 webpage here www.ecb.co.uk/news/non-first-class/natwest-u19-club-t20

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Senior Cricket - Batting

Senior League Cricket

There are eight major senior Saturday leagues in Wales playing 40 to 50 over cricket. Contacts are:

The South Wales Premier Cricket League www.swpcl.com
The North Wales Cricket League www.nwcl.play-cricket.com
The Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket League www.glammoncl.play-cricket.com
The South Wales Cricket Association www.swca2.com & www.swca.play-cricket.com
The Welsh Clubs Cricket Conference www.welshccc.co.uk
The Pembroke County Cricket Club www.pembrokecountycc.co.uk
The West Wales Cricket Conference www.wwccc.play-cricket.com
West Wales Cricket Association wwalesca.play-cricket.com/

Senior Midweek/T20 Cricket

For those who wish to play T20 cricket instead or as well as Saturday cricket, there are a number of options throughout Wales which include:

The Newport Midweek League www.ndclcricket.moonfruit.com
The South Wales ‘Full Toss’ League
The Vaughan Central Midweek League
The Caerphilly and District Midweek League
The Vale of Glamorgan Midweek League www.valeogmwl.play-cricket.com/
The All Wales Sport Midweek League www.allwalessport.co.uk/cricket.aspx?cid=2623
The Pembrokeshire Midweek League
The Cardiff Midweek League www.cardiffmidweeklge.play-cricket.com
The Cardiff Willow League www.cardiffmidweeklge.play-cricket.com
The Conwy Midweek League
The Anglesey and Gwynedd Midweek League
The Wrexham Midweek League
The Aberystwyth and District Midweek Cricket League
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Junior Cricket - Celebration having fun

Junior League Cricket

Across Wales there are seven major junior leagues that offer T20 midweek cricket for their local clubs, mainly at U11, U13 and U15 age levels. Contacts are:

The South Wales Junior League www.swjcl.org.uk
The Pembrokeshire Junior League www.pembrokecountycc.co.uk
The Eryri Junior League www.eryrijuniorcricket.btck.co.uk
The North East Wales Junior League www.nwcl.play-cricket.com
The Monmouthshire Building Society Junior League (Gwent) www.gwentyoungcricketers.org.uk
The Cardiff and the Vale Junior League www.cardiffandvalecricket.co.uk
The Mid Glamorgan Junior League www.midglamcricket.co.uk

Workforce

We want a diverse, passionate and skilled workforce that encourages, inspires and supports people to play cricket.

Officials Umpires & Scorers

Officials, Umpires and Scorers play an essential role in supporting the playing of cricket throughout England & Wales. The Wales Association of Cricket Officials (WACO) is the County Body responsible for Umpires and Scorers in Wales. Through its network of branches WACO works closely with leagues to train, appoint and support umpires and scorers.

For more information on WACO please visit here

For more information on the ECB Association of Cricket Officials please visit here

Groundsman Manuals

Groundsmen

For as long as cricket has been played, one of the most important factors responsible for the quality of play and quality of player experience is the surface on which the game is played.
There are four County Groundstaff Associations (CGA’s) in Wales providing support for clubs and their Groundstaff.

Contact Details

North Wales CGA Richard Penney 07984077758 rgnpenney@aol.com
East Wales CGA Iestyn John ijohnturf@hotmail.co.uk
South Wales CGA Wayne Duggan 07774608089 AnthnyDgg@aol.com
Pembrokeshire CGA Derek Lloyd pembrokecountycc.co.uk

The ECB’s Essential Guide to Groundsmanship provides practical guidance for cricket club volunteers on preparing and maintaining your ground Click here for ECB’s Essential Guide.
A network of County Pitch Advisors (CPA’s) provides advice and support throughout Wales via the ECB Pitch Advisory Service. The role of CPA’s is:

  1. To advise on the quality performance of specific pitches and make recommendations.
  2. To monitor the developments of any facilities on which recommendations are being implemented.
  3. Be available, if required, to assess pitches / squares in respect of various league criteria.
  4. Create a response team for basic assessments (perhaps annual).
  5. Help build an effective CGA.

Contact Details

Wales Senior Pitch Advisor Len Smith 07800885583 LSmith@iog.org
North Wales Pitch Advisor Richard Penney 07984077758 rgnpenney@aol.com
East Wales Pitch Advisor Iestyn John ijohnturf@hotmail.co.uk
South Wales Pitch Advisor Wayne Duggan 07774608089 AnthnyDgg@aol.com

Coaches

Coaches play a vital role in creating an environment that ensures players are enthused, motivated and able to develop. Cricket Wales works closely with the ECB to provide a range of Coach Education and Development opportunities for people looking to take part in cricket as a coach, in a support role, or to develop skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver cricket in a school, club, community or performance setting.

Courses

Course details and application forms can be found as a downloads here

For more information on ECB Coach Education & Development Courses please visit here

For more information on ECB coaches association please visit here

Cricket Wales Coach Education Programme 2017-2018

For more information on Cricket Wales Coach Education Programme 2017-2018 please click here


Player Development

Cricket Wales has in place a well established Player Development Pathway for boys/men, girls/women and individuals from both genders with a disability. In each instance the Pathway takes players from a community/club setting up to Wales representative squads.


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Boys/Men

Regional Junior Cricket

Above junior club level there are nine Junior Regions in Wales who run representative boys teams from U10 to U15. Winter coaching programmes are offered with fixtures played against each other and in some instances against English County Cricket Boards.

To be considered for inclusion in a Regional Junior Squad, individuals must first perform well for their local club or team within local competition. For details of the nine Junior Regions in Wales visit:

Eryri www.eryrijuniorcricket.btck.co.uk
North East Wales www.newales.play-cricket.com
Mid Wales www.mwrcc.play-cricket.com
Pembrokeshire www.pembrokeshirejuniorcricket.co.uk
Carmarthenshire www.carmarthencca.play-cricket.com
West Glamorgan tbc
Mid Glamorgan www.midglamcricket.co.uk
Cardiff and the Vale www.cardiffandvalecricket.co.uk
Gwent Young Cricketers www.gwentyoungcricketers.org.uk

National Development Centres (NDC’s)

Above the Junior Regions Cricket Wales run weekly NDC winter nets in South East Wales, South West Wales and North Wales. These sessions are for players either involved in Welsh Squads or under consideration, and are taken by experienced coaches, many of whom are former Glamorgan professionals.

Good performances for Wales or very strong performances for your Junior Region will provide the opportunity for NDC consideration. NDC’s are overseen by the Cricket Wales Performance Manager (Mark.Walton@cricketwales.org.uk)

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Wales Squads

Wales Boys Squads are run at U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U17 level. Squad sessions are held each October, Christmas, February and Easter in preparation for a comprehensive fixture list against English County Cricket Board opposition.

Each age group has a Wales Coach and Manager with the overall programme overseen by the Cricket Wales Performance Manager (Mark.Walton@cricketwales.org.uk)

For details of Wales boys U13 fixtures click here.

For details of Wales boys U15 fixtures click here.

For results within ECB boys competitions visit here.

Wales Minor Counties

The Wales Minor Counties team play annually in the Minor Counties Cricket Association (MCCA) championships against English Minor Counties, in a one-day and three-day format.

The Wales Minor Counties team is made up of young aspiring professionals linked to Glamorgan supported by a couple of experienced Premier League cricketers.

For Wales Minor Counties fixtures and results visit here.


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Girls/Women

National Development Centres (NDC’s)

Cricket Wales runs girls NDC nets during the winter months in South East and South West Wales with girls from North Wales taking part in the North Wales boys NDC’s.

Girls NDC’s are open to anyone who wishes to keep their cricket activity going during the winter months. In the summer a full programme of NDC development festivals are held involving the players from all over Wales.

For more information on girls NDC’s contact aimee.rees@cricketwales.org.uk.

The programme is overseen by the Cricket Wales Performance Manager (Mark.walton@cricketwales.org.uk).

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Wales Age Group Squads

Wales Girls/Women’s Squads are run at U12, U13, U15, U17 and senior level. Squad sessions are held each October, Christmas, February and Easter in preparation for fixtures against English County Cricket Board opposition.


Each age group has a coach and an assistant with the overall programme overseen by the Cricket Wales Performance Manager (Mark.walton@cricketwales.org.uk)

For details of Wales girls fixtures click here.

For results within ECB girls/women’s competitions visit here.


Cricket Wales - Disability

Wales Disability Squads

'Cricket Wales runs Wales pan Disability Squads that play friendlies and ECB County Championship competitions within soft-ball and hard-ball cricket. For more information contact Head Coach Les Randall on Les.Randall@cricketwales.org.uk


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Cricketers with a Disability

A number of disability cricket hubs exist in Wales which provide specific opportunities for players with a disability. For more information contact your local Cricket Development Officer (CDO):

Eryri gerallt.jones@cricketwales.org.uk
North East Wales phil.evans@cricketwales.org.uk
Mid Wales and Gwent steve.watkins@cricketwales.org.uk
Cardiff, Vale and Mid Glamorgan michael.beacham@cricketwales.org.uk
West Glamorgan jeremy.cartwright@cricketwales.org.uk
Pembrokeshire matt.freeman@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Alternatively you can contact our cricket Wales Disability Co-ordinator
Les Randall - les.randall@cricketwales.org.uk


Cricket in the Community

Community

Our vision is ‘cricket thriving in the heart of Welsh communities’. From Caernarfon Castle to the sand of Saundersfoot we want more people to children, young people and adults to play and support cricket. We’re working hard to provide opportunities to access cricket at the right time, right place, and right price throughout the diverse communities of Wales.


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School Offer

Glamorgan Cricket & Cricket Wales can help your school use the power of cricket to provide high quality PE, and improve numeracy and literacy. Cricket can be played in various flexible formats and lends itself to developing the core multi-sports skills required for children to be physically literate. Additionally, there are various opportunities to use the global and inclusive nature of cricket to improve numeracy, literacy and contribute to other areas of the curriculum within your school.

For more information please view the What Cricket Can Offer Schools Resource

Several teacher-friendly coaching cards have been produced for you to use to run cricket sessions. These can be accessed as a download, under the heading Schools Resource.

Impact Report

To give you an idea of what we do and what we've achieved so far please take a look at our Impact Report. It highlights the incredible work we do, and how we engage young people in cricket.

To view the Community Impact report (2014) click here (Cymraeg).
To view the Community Impact report (2014) click here (English).
Ella Reed

Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities. Chance to Shine and Sport Wales invest in our community programme to take cricket to new places and use it to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, educate young people and develop the skills, passion and confidence for a life in cricket.

Cricket Wales has produced a booklet entitled "What Cricket Can offer Schools" together with coaching cards for teachers to use. These can be accessed as described in the School Offer above.

For more information on Chance to Shine please visit here.
For more information on Glamorgan cricket click here.

School Cricket

Further Education

The 16-19 year old age bracket is important in cricket, as players often experience changes in their personal lives which can have an impact on their enjoyment of the game. Cricket Wales and the ECB are investing resources in retaining and recruiting players within FE by providing the opportunity for students to enjoy their cricket with their friends, at their college.

For more information on playing opportunities visit: ECB Development Education.





Community Programme

Our community programme ensures more children, young people and adults are involved and retained within cricket by ensuring people have the skills, passion and confidence for a life in cricket.

Doorstep / Pop-Up Clubs

Our doorstep cricket clubs or pop up clubs provide a vibrant cricket offer to young people in disadvantaged communities that is designed to grow their motivation and ability to adopt a cricket habit for life. The leaders who run the clubs are special people - skilled in leading sport as well as in supporting young people to be the best they can be.

The coaches will be local and know the communities they work in. The young volunteers who co-run the clubs will gain new skills and qualifications and grow as they learn to lead.

Cricket without Boundaries Project

The ‘Cricket without Boundaries’ project aims to make cricket more accessible for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Cardiff and create a thriving BME Cricket network capable of increasing and sustaining participation in cricket. Our project will focuses upon young people aged 13 – 25 and provides a range of activities including doorstep clubs, indoor cricket and mid-week cricket.

The project is funded by the Sport Wales Calls4Action fund. Our partners include; Glamorgan Cricket, Wales Tamil Sangham Group, Oasis Cardiff, Cage 4 All, Sport Cardiff Met, Welsh Asians CC, Cardiff Gymkhana CC, Street Games, Cardiff BME Sport Forum,

For more information contact:

Ali Abdi (BME Cricket Coordinator) 07835042574 Ali.Abdi@cricketwales.org.uk

U19 T20 Blast

ECB Natwest U19 T20 Competition

The purpose of this event is to help clubs retain players beyond the age of 15. It is played on a regional basis with no national finals. Coloured clothing, music and a party atmosphere is the order of the day!
For further information contact Mark White at NatWest.U19T20@cricketwales.org.uk

Senior Midweek/T20 Cricket

For those who wish to play T20 cricket instead or as well as Saturday cricket, there are a number of options throughout Wales which include:

The Newport Midweek League www.ndclcricket.moonfruit.com
The South Wales ‘Full Toss’ League
The Vaughan Central Midweek League
The Caerphilly and District Midweek League
The Vale of Glamorgan Midweek League www.valeogmwl.play-cricket.com/
The All Wales Sport Midweek League www.allwalessport.co.uk/cricket.aspx?cid=2623
The Pembrokeshire Midweek League
The Cardiff Midweek League www.cardiffmidweeklge.play-cricket.com
The Cardiff Willow League www.cardiffmidweeklge.play-cricket.com
The Conwy Midweek League
The Anglesey and Gwynedd Midweek League
The Wrexham Midweek League
The Aberystwyth and District Midweek Cricket League

Lords Taverners City Cup

The Lords Taverners City Cup is an exciting T20 competition providing opportunities for players aged 16 to 22 years old. Teams from within Cardiff and surrounding areas take part in a competition with the most talented players going on to represent Cardiff against other cities including Bristol, Newcastle and Manchester.

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