SMCC indoor cricket courses 2018/19

A soft-ball training session at St Martin-in-the-Field High School For Girls. Sessions usually start with learning skills and end with a game. In this photo, the kids had all been working on their straight drives (vertical bat, hitting back past the bowler) and in this activity, players score points for hitting the ball straight and for getting runs before the fielders get the ball back to the wicket keeper on the right.

Winter and spring indoor cricket course details

Winter courses ran Oct-Dec 2018 and have now finished.

Spring courses are running Jan-March 2019.

Times and locations are similar to last year, but please read the plan carefully as we have made some changes.

Full details are in the Google document embedded in the page below. You can click on the doc below or click here to open it as a Google Doc. Please read through the details before booking, to make sure you book into the most beneficial course for your child.

2018/19 SMCC/GCA Winter/Spring Training Plan

A hard-ball training session at St Dunstan's College. In the background, two batters are practising against bowling machines, in the foreground a group works on calling, running and run-outs (with soft balls), and off-camera a third group is working on power hitting and keeping a stable base while playing the pull shot.

How many places are still available?

On 11th Mar 2019, the number of spaces available per course was as follows. The booking system will automatically limit the number of players as shown below:

2018 winter term courses (these courses have now finished)

  • 2018-Winter-1 - 6 places taken (0 girls)
  • 2018-Winter-2 - 15 places taken (4 girls)
  • 2018-Winter-3 - 24 places taken (4 girls)
  • 2018-Winter 4 - 20 places taken (1 girl)

2019 spring term courses (these can still be booked where we have availability)

  • 2019-Spring-1 - 6 places taken (0 girls), 10 places available (aimed at beginners in years Reception - Year 2)
  • 2019-Spring-2 - 16 places taken (4 girls), 0 places available (booking system will off for you to go on waiting list, but unlikely that players will drop out)
  • 2019-Spring-3 - 24 places taken (3 girls), 0 places available (booking system will off for you to go on waiting list, but unlikely that players will drop out)
  • 2019-Spring-4 - 20 places taken (1 girl), 0 places available (booking system will off for you to go on waiting list, but unlikely that players will drop out)

When they are gone, they are gone, so please don't leave it until the last minute.


Parking at St Martins' (Tuesdays)

Parking at St Dunstan's (Fridays)

What is a typical indoor training session like?

Training sessions generally follow the ECB’s recommended best practice, for example for a session for young beginners might look like this:

  1. Short, highly active warm-up (for example,. a team-based throwing/catching game)
  2. Focused demonstration and practice on learning and practising 1-2 particular skills (for example, driving at a ball placed on a tee)
  3. Using the skill in a more varied, more game-like, but still controlled practice activity (for example, players work in pairs; one feeds the ball for the other to practice driving)
  4. Match-like activity (for example, two teams playing competitive ‘tip and run’ cricket with bonus runs for hitting the ball straight)
  5. Cool-down and recap/evaluation talk from coach

However, sessions tend to be tailored to the needs of the players attending, and are varied in format to keep them interesting.

What skills will players learn at indoor training?

Indoor training has a focus on developing individual players' skills - bowling, batting, catching, throwing and keeping wicket. Outdoor training in the summer has a focus more on developing players' understanding of how to play the game as a team - the rules, calling and running between the wickets, working as a team in the field and tactics and decision-making depending on the match situation. However, both indoor and outdoor training will cover core all skills and will incorporate game-based practice.

Even in the youngest age groups, we aim to teach all of the players a full range of cricket skills. By the end of a full course, new players are typically able to play a recognisable game of cricket in which they are bowling, batting, calling, running, keeping wicket and fielding. Coaches will usually focus on one or two key skills per session, gradually covering a full range of skills over the course. New players also pick up much of their understanding of the game by watching and copying their more experienced squad-mates. Of course, the more cricket that players play, the more skilled they will become. Cricket is a fairly easy game to learn, but a difficult game to truly master.

Will courses be cancelled if there are not many kids booked into a course? Can I book mid-way through a course?

All courses will definitely run.

We expect to continue to take bookings during the courses. The amount to pay will be adjusted in the system each week so that if you are joining part way through the course, you will pay only the remainder on a pro-rated basis.

Book and pay online

You can now book and pay for the 2018/2019 indoor courses. See Log in to PaySubsOnline to join and pay

Robbie holding an end of session recap with one of our winter training groups.

Our head coach - Robbie Gunn of Gunn Cricket Academy

Robbie is a professional cricket coach who works in various clubs and schools and for Surrey, and in 2017 led Surrey's Pride Of Lions Junior Coaching at the Oval. If you’ve been to any junior courses at the Oval in the last few years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him there. In 2018, he also coached a pro-am T20 franchise team that included England players Monty Panesar and Liam Dawson.

Robbie is also an exceptional player. In 2017, he played in the final of the Natwest National T20 Club Cup, playing in a game surrounded by former first class and international players.

2019 will be our third year of partnering with Robbie's coaching company, Gunn Cricket Academy, to provide a top quality training experience at SMCC. Robbie started working with us just before Easter 2017 and with very little time in which to prepare, he delivered what was unanimously considered to be the best organised and more engaging junior coaching that the club had seen in recent years. Since then, we have continued work in partnership to improve our coaching further each year. Robbie has since led our summer camps and indoor training, and we've only ever heard positive feedback by parents and players.

Robbie brings with him a number of great coaches, some who coach for Surrey and/or London Schools and some who are multi-sports coaches in schools, and as well as working with coaches and support coaches who are parents, senior players at the club and some of our Young Leaders.

We plan for a maximum coach:player ratio of around 1:7, but the ratio in 2018/19 will probably be closer to 1:5 on average across all sessions.

Free training for players at state schools in year 6-10 at MCC Foundation Hubs

If your child attends a state school and is in years 6-10, we recommend you try to get a place on one of two local MCC Foundation Hub training courses, which are free of charge. As most of our players in years 6-10 who want to do indoor training either attend these courses or train at their {private) school, we don't typically have enough demand to run our own training for these ages.