What you need to pay and when
There is no annual membership fee. Each period of our cricketing year (indoor, summer season and summer camp) can be paid for separately. You are not obliged to book into all of these, though naturally the more players train, the better they, and their teams, will become, and the more they will probably enjoy their cricket.
Although there is no annual membership, players must be registered before taking part in any cricket session. We do this in our online registration & payment system, LoveAdmin.
Costs for the 2021/22 school year
Autumn term 2021 & spring term 2022 indoor training costs
SMCC indoor training - autumn term 2021 & spring term - Is £130 for a course of 10 x 1 hour sessions or £195 for a course of 10 x 90 minute sessions. There are no sibling discounts for indoor training.
Summer term costs (2022)
There is a single fee covering training, matches and access to the grounds to use nets covering the summer term and summer holidays. We do not have any match fees.
Mixed boys/girls squads
School year Reception & Year 1 (Under 5-6s) mixed squad: £105
School year 2 (Under 7s) mixed squad: £105
School year 3-4 (Girls Under 8-9s): £165
School year 5-6 (Girls Under 10-11s): £165
School year 7-8 (Girls Under 12-13s): £165
School year 9-10 (Girls Under 14-15s): £165
School year 3 (Boys Under 8s): £105
School year 4 (Boys Under 9s): £165
School year 5 (Boys Under 10s): £165
School year 6 (Boys Under 11s): £165
School year 7 (Boys Under 12s): £150
School year 8 (Boys Under 13s): £150
School year 9 (Boys Under 14s): £165
School year 10 (Boys Under 15s): £165
School year 11+ (Boys Under 16-18s): £75
Changes in 2022: Prices were frozen in 2021, so have generally risen by £10 this year - roughly in line with two year's of inflation, with the extra being earmarked to help fun new nets. Fees for some age-groups are adjusted based on reductions or increases in the number of training hours to be provided (see Summer term training 2022)
Sibling discounts: Our online payment system (Love Admin) does not enable us to process sibling discounts, however, you will instead get the equivalent value back in the form of a 'bar tab' for £30 per child (after the first) which can be used to purchase drinks, food or anything else that is available for purchase from the bar at the clubhouse. Please ask about this at the bar.
There may be a small charge in the region of £1-5 for special social events such as trip to watch a T20 match at the Oval (heavily disounted tickets) and the awards evening at the end of the season.
You are not obliged to buy club kit, but club kit is very popular and nearly all parents buy it. We are working on providing new club kit in 2022.
Holiday camp costs
Holiday camps (during the school holidays) - prices for 2022 will be confirmed in due course per camp, but in 2021 the cost was approximately £45/day (9am-3pm) with discounts for booking multiple days. There are no sibling discounts for summer camps.
Joining mid-way through a course or season
Players joining mid-way though an indoor course or mid-way through the summe period will pay on a pro-rated basis for the remainder of the period or course only.
New players can join at any time, as long as we have space. If you want your child to attend a taster session, we will be happy for you to do so where we have space available. If your child doesn't enjoy it and doesn't wish to continue, then you won't owe the club anything. If your child does wish to continue, we normally ask you to pay for the sessions already attended. We find that the majority of kids trying cricket with us love it and want to continue.
Ability to pay is not a barrier to play
SMCC is proud of our "ability to pay is not a barrier to play" policy.
If you have a player who wants to play but you will have difficulty with the fees, please let us know of your circumstances and we will be happy to discuss an affordable fee firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that for the summer season, it is also possible to set up monthly instalments when you pay in LoveAdmin. As the summer goes on, we reduce the number of months that the cost is spread over so that fees will still be paid by the end of the summer term.
How do our fees compare to other local cricket clubs?
In 2018, we benchmarked our fees against around 20 other local clubs. Some clubs charge separate membership and training fees. Some clubs charge match fees in addition to membership. Some clubs do not offer sibling discounts. But on the whole, our prices were around average for the region, and we expect that is still the case as our prices have risen roughly in line with inflation since that time.
Juniors playing in adult cricket
Juniors playing in adult matches pay 50% of the adult fees. Match fees primarily pay for the food and drinks that are provided during the tea interval. See the men's and women's pages on our main website for details.
How is the money used?
We are a non-profit Community Amateur Sports Club (similar to a charity).
The fees we charge are used to pay for coaching, pitch hire, balls, insurance and so on, and to make a proportionate contribution to the general running and upkeep of the club.
Nearly all of the running of the club is done by members volunteering their time, but the club has outgoings in the region of £150-200k per year.
The junior section, after paying for its own costs, typically contributes around £20,000 to the general upkeep of the club. This covers the juniors' share of ground rent, grounds maintenance, building maintenance, insurance, utility bills and so on.
Finances are reviewed several times per year by the club's Executive Committee, on which the juniors have 2-3 representatives. Accounts are published annually as part of the club's Annual General Meeting, and in line with ECB ClubMark guidelines, our accounts are also checked each year by a qualified accountant.
At present, the club typically makes a surplus of around £10k per year. We have initially used this to build up a cash reserve of £20k in order to protect the club from any major equipment or building repair expenses. We are no using this surplus to build up a fund to help deliver our practice nets replacement project and pavilion replacement project.