About junior cricket at Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club (SMCC)
We run cricket for girls and boys of all ages from school year Reception up to teenagers joining open-age (senior) cricket, and we aim to be the most fun cricket club for miles around.
Our players come from many different local schools and come from of all walks of life, with parents from every corner of the globe. Parents who have tried other clubs often tell us they love the relaxed, friendly and sociable feel of our club.
Your kids will be joining lots of cricket-mad kids like them, from beginners to Surrey and London Schools players. Perhaps they're the next Joe Root or Anya Shrubsole. Let’s find out.
A short film about us
This short film made about the club in 2017 gives a taste of what we’re all about…
Our coaching is led by a professional cricket coach who also works for Surrey. Our coaching support staff are also ECB accredited and DBS checked. Training sessions are lots of fun and we’ll help you learn the full range of cricket skills, even in our youngest age-group. You’ll be playing full-on cricket within a few weeks.
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.
A club with over 200 years of history...
Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club was formed in 2003 after the merger of two long established local clubs - Streatham CC (1805) and Marlborough CC (1870).
Legendary England captain WG Grace is known to have played for Streatham CC around a hundred years ago. Grace, who famously once refused to be given out because "they've come to see me bat, not you umpire" would have loved pairs cricket, in which you keep batting but lose 6 runs. One suspects he may also have enjoyed our summer evening BBQs and a glass or two of refreshment from the bar.
It's also likely that Alfred 'Tich' Freeman, whose father was groundsman of Streatham CC, played for the club at some point. Lewisham-born leg spinner Freeman is the second highest wicket-taker in English cricket history with 3732 in total, and still holds the record for highest number of first-class wickets in an English season, amassing a mind-boggling 304 wickets in the summer of 1928. Tich would open the bowling at one end and keep bowling until the opposition was out - not something we approve of these days!
...but our junior section is still growing and developing quickly!
Our junior section was 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 2019 is already our biggest and best year yet.
- Junior membership up from 100 to 250+ players
- Girls section is up from around 5 to 50+ players
- Number of league teams is up from 4 to 10 age-group teams
- Number of matches held per year is up from 30 to over 150
- Around 5 times as many players are attending our much improved indoor training courses over the winter and spring.
- 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.
- As well as running DBS checks, we now run our own safeguarding training sessions for parents and captains.
- Around 5% of our players have represented London Schools and/or participated in Surrey performance programmes
- We joined the Young Leaders programme in 2018 aimed at players aged 14-16, with many of our teenage players becoming regular support coaches as a result.
- Our 2018 summer camp was twice as big as our first camp in 2017, with nearly 20 players per day over 16 days taking part, and our 2019 summer camp looks set to be even bigger
- We started using a new online registration and payment system, LoveAdmin, to streamline our bookings processes and to allow payment in monthly instalments.
- We gotten several huge steps closer to realising our dream of a new pavilion and we currently anticipate the build starting in autumn 2019 for completion by summer 2020.
- We've been working in partnership with a new head coach since 2017 and we're delighted that he and a business partner are have now launched Cricket 360, 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.
Join us and be part of this great club. We're going to become even better in 2020.