SMCC Juniors

Outdoor organised sport can resume from 29 March

Phase 1 (2020 members) bookings for the 2021 summer term are now open. See the updated Summer term section of the website for details.

We will update you in due course with regard to the indoor training courses that it has not been possible to complete.

See SMCC indoor cricket courses 2020/21 for details of our indoor training programme.

About junior cricket at Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club (SMCC)

We run cricket for girls and boys of all ages, and we aim to be the most fun cricket club for miles around. Players and parents who have tried other clubs often tell us they love the relaxed, friendly and sociable feel of our club, and the high quality of our coaching.

Our U9-11 soft-ball girls' team in action in 2020.

Leaders in girls' and women's cricket

We are one of a small number of clubs in the region who run league teams for female players at primary school age, secondary school age, and a women’s team.

In 2021 we expect to run a U9-11 soft-ball team (school years 4-6) and a U12-14 hard ball team (school years 7-9), both entered into girls-only leagues.

We now have all-female training, which for girls' squads is currently on Thursdays year-round. We have dedicated girls' squad indoor training in the autumn and spring terms, and in the summer term, our girls' squads and the women's squad both train outdoors at the club at the same time, also on Thursday evenings.

We have around 90 female players at the club across all age-groups. Our girls' section has grown from 5 to 56 players since 2016 and in 2020 our women's squad grew by 12 new players. With these new adult joiners combining with more and more of our teenage players becoming eligible to play in women's cricket, we think it likely that we will run two women's squads in 2022. Girls can play in women's cricket from school year 8. Our Women's team won inaugural Surrey Slam T20 competition in 2019 and were promoted to Division 1.

Read more about our girls cricket and women's cricket (on main SMCC website).

A short film about us

This short film made about the club in 2017 gives a taste of what we’re all about. Some of the players in the film are now part of our coaching team.

Our coaching

Our coaching is led by professional cricket coaches from 360 Cricket. Coaches and support coaches are all ECB accredited and DBS checked. Training sessions are lots of fun and we’ll help players learn the full range of cricket skills, even in our youngest age-groups. We'll have them playing full-on cricket within a term.

On summer training nights we have the bar open and usually fire up the barbecue on Fridays, making training as enjoyable for the parents as it is for the kids. We usually run at least two big social events every year, and we run summer camps.

We also have indoor cricket from autumn through to spring.

Indoor training led by the fantastic 360 Cricket, who ensure every session is fun, varied and engaging.

Junior Member Survey Results

View the headline results and read about some of the actions we're planning to take as a results of the survey and feedback sessions with team managers and 360 Cricket. Thank you to the 110 parents who responded to our survey.

Growing rapidly

Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club formed in 2003 through the merger of Streatham CC (1805) and Marlborough CC (1870). Our current junior section started in 2008 with a single team of Under 12s, several of whom now play in our senior teams. We have grown rapidly in the last few years and 2020 was our biggest and best year yet.

Since 2016:

  • Junior membership up from 100 to 265 players

  • Girls section up from around 5 to 56 players and we now have all-female training session for girls in year 4+

  • Number of league teams is up from 4 to 10 age-group teams

  • Number of matches held per year up from 48 to over 135 (2019)

  • 100+ players per week (up from around 15) attend our indoor training courses that now run for 20 weeks - 10 weeks in the autumn term and 10 weeks in the spring term.

  • Our 2020 summer camp was our biggest yet, with 30 players per day over 20 days taking part - that's around 4,200 hours of cricket.

  • Number of parents are involved in volunteering to help run our junior cricket is up from around 10 to over 40 and more parents (mums as well as dads) are playing cricket themselves with our open-age (senior) sides than ever before.

In 2021 we are again focussing on growing our girls' and women's sections.

Families gathering for the award ceremony at our family fun & awards day, 2019.

Recent developments

  • As well as running DBS checks, we now run our own safeguarding training sessions for parents and captains.

  • Historically, around 5% of our players have participated in London Schools and Surrey performance programmes. In our younger age-groups, this number is now up to 10-20%.

  • In 2018, we joined the Young Leaders programme, which is aimed at players aged 14-16, with several of our teenage players becoming regular, paid support coaches as a result.

  • We've taken several huge steps closer to realising our dream of a new pavilion and we currently anticipate the re-build to start during in 2020.

  • We've been working in partnership with a new head coach since 2017 and we're delighted that he and a coaching partner are have now launched 360 Cricket, providing cricket coaching services to an expanding number of clubs and schools in south-east London, using what we've developed together as a model.

  • One of our parents recently put in a bid, with some assistance from the club, to Southwark Council for cricket nets to be installed in Peckham Rye Park. The big has been successful and the nets are being installed during September 2020.

Our home ground, as seen in Google Earth, looking towards central London.

SMCC Juniors help open new cricket nets open in Peckham Rye Park

Thanks to an SMCC Juniors parent, Martin Koder, who successfully bid for funding from Southwark Council and the ECB, we now have new cricket nets in Peckham Rye Park.

SMCC Juniors were delighted to be invited to join Surrey & England players Bryony Smith and Ollie Pope to celebrate the official opening on 28th Sept 2020.

Enjoy the new nets!

Who we are

Our junior players come from many different walks of life. Of our 250 junior players, around 35% are of a non-white British ethnicity, 20% are girls (with numbers roughly doubling each year) and 3% have a disability.

Our players come from dozens of different schools and we estimate that at least 50% attend a state school. Some are beginners, most are intermediate and around 5-10% are advanced players who also play in Surrey or London Schools performance programmes.

Our junior members come from many areas across south London - Dulwich, Forest Hill, Peckham, Nunhead, Telegraph Hill, Brockley, Crofton Park, Catford, Sydenham, Herne Hill, Crystal Palace, Norwood, Camberwell, Brixton, Clapham, Tooting and beyond.

As long as you're crazy about cricket, you'll feel right as home at SMCC Juniors.

Join us and be part of this great club in 2020.

Families across south London choose SMCC Juniors to play their cricket.

Summary of guidelines for social distancing and enhanced hygiene during matches.