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 2018 junior cricket season begins in earnest straight after Easter holidays.

With significant changes to the age and session structure of the Club’s junior cricket - including CricketForGirls and All Stars Cricket - it is critical that parent(s) attend one of our information and registration sessions. They will be held at the Club are on:

>Sunday 15 April 10.30-11.00am
>Sunday 15 April 11.00-11.30am
>Wednesday 18 April 6.30-7.00pm
>Wednesday 18 April 7.00-7.30pm

These provide all the practical information you need to know to support your child(ren)’s cricket 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 2018 on Sunday 22nd April and run through 15 weeks to July 29th inclusive. It will again be split into two sessions based broadly on age group and capability.

However, in 2018, it is likely the arrangements for each age group will change and are further complicated by alignment with CricketForGirls and All Stars Cricket.  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 training 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.


We are opening our winter training for U11 and U13 junior cricket squads to potential new members. Sessions will take place on Monday evenings from 26 February to April 16 inclusive (except Easter Monday) 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


We will again run a dedicated girls programme in partnership with England international Lydia Greenway and her CricketForGirls team. They will deliver specialist coaching for girls aged 6 to 13. Girls of all abilities, especially new to cricket, are welcome to these fun sessions. Further details will be available in the New Year.


The Club will be a registered local centre for the England & Wales Cricket Board centrally administered programme aimed at 5-8 year olds who have no previous cricket experience.

There will be a big 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 in that age group who are already Club members and looking forward to more competitive cricket at ages 8 and 9.


Junior membership will be £36 from 1st January 2018 which covers all cricket summer training costs and matches and also gives access to the tennis facilities. 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 expect to enter teams in Under-11, Under-13 and Under-16 leagues in the local Weald Cricket League and Cup competitions. 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:
U9 Manager: John Swannick
U11 Manager: John Swannick
U13 Manager: Tom Henson
U16 Manager: Chris Watts

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.


2018 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