Summer season training

2020 summer term bookings are now open to anyone to fill remaining places - snap them up quickly as they won't last long!

A summer training session, outdoors on the lower pitch at our home ground.

2020 summer term (summer season) training details

Summer term training runs from just after the Easter holidays until shortly before the summer holidays.

Times and locations are generally similar to last year, but please read the plan carefully as we have made some changes such as:

  • Boys U10s are now on Tuesdays
  • Girls U11 and U13s are now on Thursdays alongside the SMCC Women (with men's training having moved to Wednesdays)
  • Times have changed slightly for some other squads

Full details are in the Google document embedded in the page below. You can click on the doc below or click here to open it as a Google Doc. Please read through the details before booking, to make sure you book into the most beneficial course for your child.

2020 SMCC Summer Term Training Details for Parents

What is a typical training session like?

Training sessions generally follow the ECB’s recommended best practice, for example for U6-U8s, a session might look like this:

  1. Short, highly active warm-up (e.g. a team-based throwing/catching game)
  2. Focused demonstration and practice on learning and practising 1-2 particular skills (e.g. driving at a ball placed on a tee)
  3. Using the skill in a more varied, more game-like, but still controlled practice activity (e.g. players work in pairs; one feeds the ball for the other to practice driving)
  4. Match-like activity (e.g. two teams playing competitive ‘tip and run’ cricket with bonus runs for hitting the ball straight - i.e. driving)
  5. Cool-down and recap/evaluation talk from coach

However, sessions tend to be tailored to the needs of the players attending, and will be varied to keep them interesting.

What skills will players learn at outdoor training?

Outdoor training in the summer has a focus on developing players' understanding of how to play the game as a team - the rules, calling and running between the wickets, working as a team in the field and tactics and decision-making depending on the match situation. Indoor training over the winter and spring has a bit more focus on developing individual players' skills - bowling, batting, catching, throwing and keeping wicket. However, both indoor and outdoor training will cover core all skills and will incorporate game-based practice.

Even in the youngest age groups, we aim to teach all of the players a full range of cricket skills. By the end of a full course, new players are typically able to play a recognisable game of cricket in which they are bowling, batting, calling, running, keeping wicket and fielding. Coaches will usually focus on one or two key skills per session, gradually covering a full range of skills over the course. New players also pick up much of their understanding of the game by watching and copying their more experienced squad-mates. Of course, the more cricket that players play, the more skilled they will become. Cricket is a fairly easy game to learn, but a difficult game to truly master, which is partly what makes it so much fun.

Cancellation of outdoor training due to rain / wet ground

In summer, outdoor training is be cancelled when it is not possible to enjoyably and safely train on grass - i.e. due to rain/high winds and/or the ground is wet and slippery. We aim to let you know as quickly as possible when we know that training needs to be cancelled. We use the Whatsapp messaging app as our primary means of communicating this to you. In the summer, there will be a Whatsapp group for parents in each age-group.

Head coach Robbie holding an end of session recap with one of our winter training groups.

Head coach Lloyd running a summer camp.

Our coaching providers, 360 Cricket

Since 2017, we have been partnering with 360 Cricket for the provision of all of our junior coaching. 360 Cricket is co-owned and run by Robbie Gunn and Lloyd Edwards.

As well as leading our coaching, Robbie & Lloyd's coaching experience includes:

  • Coaching for various private schools and other clubs in London
  • Coaching Chance To Shine sessions in state schools
  • Leading Pride of Lions courses for Surrey at the Oval
  • Coaching a pro-am T20 franchise team that included England players Monty Panesar and Liam Dawson
  • And in in 2020, 360 Cricket will also become the first London branch of Joe Root's Root66 Academy

Robbie and Lloyd are also exceptional players. In 2017, Robbie played in the final of the Natwest National T20 Club Cup, a game featuring numerous former first class and international players.

Lloyd is a qualified PE teacher who has worked in schools in London.

360 Cricket bring with them a number of other great coaches, including some former professional players, some who coach for Surrey and/or London Schools Cricket Association and some who are multi-sports coaches in schools, and as well as working with coaches and support coaches who are parents, senior players at the club and some of our Young Leaders.

We plan for a maximum coach:player ratio of around 1:7, which typically means a ratio closer to 1:5 on average across all sessions.