Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club
Staplehurst Cricket Academy

We run one of the largest junior cricket programmes in Kent and welcome boys and girls of all ages and abilities. In addition to our comprehensive summer programme, we also have indoor winter coaching for appropriate ages.


The 2019 outdoor season begins in earnest straight after Easter holidays.

With significant changes to the programme structure - including All Stars Cricket and Swallows & Amazons- it is critical that parent(s) attend one of our information and registration sessions. They will be held at the Club are on:

>Sunday 14 April 10.30-11.00am for those aged 5-11
>Sunday 14 April 11.00-11.30am for those aged 12-18
>Wednesday 24 April 6.30-7.00pm for those aged 5-11
>Wednesday 24 April 7.00-7.30pm for those aged 12-18

These sessions provide all the practical information you need to know to support your child(ren)’s participation including costs, training times, teams, competitions, equipment needs, and much more. They also allow us to provide insights into our ethos, the way we do things and why, and the partnerships with parents we seek to build.

Please turn up for the start of one of the sessions and be prepared to stay for the 30 minutes duration, even if you think you may have heard it all before.


Our cricket coaching for young people will start in 2019 on Sunday 28 April and run through 15 weeks to July 28 inclusive. It will again be split into two sessions – 9.30- 11.00 am and 10.30am-12 noon - based broadly on age group and capability.

However, in 2019, the arrangements for each age group will change. As a result, it is more important than ever that least one parent/carer attend an information & registration session prior to the start of the programme.

There will be coaching and inter-club activities including kwik cricket, six-a- side and T20 tournaments and more information will be provided in due course.


The Club is the registered local centre for England & Wales Cricket Board’s centrally administered programme aimed at 5-8 year olds who have no previous cricket experience. The programme formally runs 9.30-10.30am from Sunday May 12 until June 30 but we are proposing to extend for three additional weeks to July 21 FREE of charge.

There will be a big nationwide promotional campaign for All Stars Cricket – the ECB’s largest ever participation initiative – and a registration website for those wishing to book their child on All Stars Cricket. However, we strongly advise parents to attend one of our information and registration sessions before they do so. This is particularly important for parents with children who are already looking forward to more competitive cricket at ages 8 and 9.


Our winter training for U11 and U13 junior cricket squads is open to potential new members. Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from 7 February to March 28 inclusive between 6.00 and 7.00 pm at the Weald Sports Centre.

They are an intensive mix of indoor drills and soft-ball games as a warm-up for the outdoor cricket season starting immediately after Easter. We are keen to encourage young people of all abilities, particularly those who have participated in our coaching programme at Staplehurst School in recent years, to test their talents in these fun one hour sessions. No equipment is required.

We are able to offer places FREE of charge as part of our Staplehurst Cricket Academy outreach programme thanks to the generous sponsorship of Homeleigh and a grant from the Newlyn Trust. The Academy ‘brand’ covers both club based activity and the partnership with Staplehurst School.

For details and to book places on individual dates – commitment to every week is not necessary – please email


In view of the large number of 16-18 year olds in the Club, 2019 will see the first dedicated cricket programme for this age group. We are working to arrange a series of T20 matches at Under-17 and Under-19 on Sunday afternoons through the summer against other junior league clubs. As a result, the Sunday morning training sessions are being extended to players in this age group.

All young cricketers aged 14 and over are also encouraged to consider playing in open- age teams on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Those not already doing so will be spoken to individually about this as the season progresses.

All players in Saturday and Sunday open-age leagues are required to be registered with the relevant league and all our juniors age 14 and over will be registered automatically before the start of the league season in May.


Swallows & Amazons is about fun and physical activity in a play environment. It’s games and challenges targeted at 6-9 year old girls and boys who may or may not be involved in sport. While the sessions are perfectly suitable for those who already play cricket and tennis (or, indeed, football, netball, hockey etc), they're also aimed at those who don't. It’s even pitched at kids who have tried sport and decided they don't like it.

Swallows & Amazons is designed to introduce basic and essential sporting skills into fun activities without too much emphasis on anything athletic or competitive. But it will provide the essential building blocks - balance, co-ordination, reactions, speed, and resilience - through running, throwing, lifting, kicking, catching and hitting (a ball!).

An indoor programme is running through February and March on Thursdays, 5.00- 6.00pm at Weald Sports Centre, and this will continue outdoors after Easter at the Club. If you would like further details, please come along to one of our information and registration sessions.


We are not running a separate CricketForGirls programme in 2019. We have always welcomed girls of all ages in mixed sessions and teams – some have gone on to representative district and county squads - and they are encouraged to join our programmes for the appropriate age group.


Annual junior membership is £36 in 2019 which covers all cricket summer training costs and matches and also gives access to tennis facilities and the Swallows & Amazons programme. All Stars Cricket is subject to separate arrangements but includes Club membership as part of the package. If you have more than one child or would like to enjoy the Club’s facilities yourself, we would encourage you to consider Family membership (2 adults and unlimited juniors in full-time education) at £108. Both individual junior and family membership can now be paid by monthly direct debit and details are available on the Club’s website here. Full information will be provided at our junior information & registration sessions.


We have entered teams in Under-11, Under-13 and Under-16 leagues in the local Weald Cricket League and Cup competitions. As above, we also expect to run an Under- 17/Under-19 squad in addition to our regular open-age cricket. We will also have some Under-9 tournaments against local opposition. There are likely to be additional external competitions and internal matches at various ages which will be announced in due course.


Junior cricket director: John Swannick - Tel: 07746 886521 Email:

Our head coach Peter Cavender, a UKCC Level 3 and Kent Performance coach, leads a large team of appropriately qualified and checked coaches and coach support workers.

Our Club Welfare Officer is Tom Henson who is available at all times either at the Club or on 07759 429282 for consultation by parents and others with welfare or safeguarding concerns.


2019 Junior Cricket Fixtures.

Policies & Procedures

We are Sport England Clubmark accredited and an England & Wales Cricket Board Focus Club, in part because of the quality of our junior programme. We want to ensure all our juniors enjoy their play in a safe and well managed environment. Our juniors are covered by the Club’s Code of Conduct and we have expectations of our partnership with parents and carers. We also follow best practice in terms of child welfare including adoption of the ECB ‘Safe Hands’ policy.

Club Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers

Club policy on juniors playing adult cricket

ECB guidelines on juniors and fast bowling

ECB ‘Safe Hands’ Policy