SMCC Juniors

11 July 2020: Our Under 8s playing an internal game with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place. Great turn-out on the first match-day of the summer, with 4 soft-ball matches running in parallel.

Matches are back!

Cricket matches are underway at SMCC and across the country and we're planning to provide a match per squad per week.

We are in the process of arranging friendlies for U8s and up. Please check your email to join your 2020 TeamStuff team and then set your child's availability as matches get added. Please liaise with your team managers and see below regarding COVID-19 guidelines that we all need to follow (more detailed guidelines are also available).

Summer training is also well underway and from 19 July we have an updated training schedule with sessions for Reception-Year 2 and with full length sessions for all age-groups. For full details see the Summer Season Training page.

The SMCC bar is open with social distancing measures in place on selected days.

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

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

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.

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 2019 was our biggest and best year yet.

Since 2016:

  • Junior membership up from 100 to 250 players

  • Girls section 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 up from 48 to over 135

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

  • Our 2019 summer camp was about three times as big as our first camp in 2017, with an average of 30 players per day over 16 days taking part - that's around 3,500 player-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 2020 we are focussing on growing our girls' section.

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 bid seems to have the backing of both the ward councillors and the parks manager, and we've heard that an initial £20,000 has been allocated, though further funding needs to be secured.

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

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.