Summer training evenings with barbecue and bar
In a normal year, we have the bar open for every junior training session, and especially on Fridays when the youngest players train and lots of parents stay to watch, a group of parents usually fire up the barbecue, with all profits going to the club.
Trips to watch matches at the Oval
Through our affiliation with Surrey, we normally have some heavily discounted tickets to at least one match, and typically a group of around 100 players and parents go to watch. For many players, it has been their first experience of watching live, professional cricket.
End of season family fun & awards
At the end of each season, in early September, we run a family fun & junior awards day, which usually starts with our players playing lots of fun games of cricket, moves on to a barbecue, bake sale and raffle, and ends with a celebration of the season, with team managers giving *short* speeches about the highlights of their squad's year, every player getting a medal, many players getting 'highly commended' certificates and around 4 players per age-group being presented with trophies for being the stand-out players of the year. Awards are given not just for performance, but also for effort, improvement, training and playing in the spirit of cricket and sometimes for other special reasons as judged by team managers.