A rapidly growing local centre for girls' and women's cricket
Our numbers of girls roughly doubled each year between 2017-2019 and we grew a little in 2020 even with the Covid-19 pandemic happening. In 2020, we had 56 girls playing cricket at the club, which has grown to at least 72 in 2021 (up from 20% to 25% of our junior members). We have healthy numbers in all school years from Reception to school year 8.
We believe we're rapidly becoming a 'go to' club in the local area for girls of all ages.
U9-11 soft-ball and U11-13 hard-ball teams aimed at girls
In 2021 we will be aiming to grow our numbers again, and will run two squads of around 20-30 girls:
Under 9-11s soft-ball (years 4-6), playing in the Surrey Cricket Foundation Smash-it girls' league and the North Kent Junior League
Under 11-13s hard-ball (years 6-8), playing in the North Kent Junior League Girls 13s division
SMCC Girls' first all-female junior match in 2017 - SMCC vs Dulwich.
We offer training year round for all ages.
For girls in the U9-11 and U11-13 squads, based on feedback from players and parents, we now have dedicated all-female sessions. See Autumn & Spring indoor training and Summer season training for details.
From school year 8 upwards, girls are also eligible to train and play with the SMCC Women. The SMCC Women squad grew by around 12 players in 2020, and we are working towards running two women's teams in 2022. For further details, see the Women's Cricket section on our main website. The club's Executive Committee includes three members from the SMCC Women and we're proud to be one of a tiny number of clubs in the country to be led by a Chairwoman.
We will continue to work with Surrey and London Schools' Cricket Association to give our girls every opportunity to play representative cricket. One of our older players played several years for LSCA and we were delighted to learn in 2021 that one of our younger players has become our first girl in the Surrey Performance Pathway.
Our Girls U9-11s playing at home in the summer of 2020.