Summer term - how to book
Our Under 9s in action, summer of 2017
2021 Summer term - when & how can I book?
2021 summer term booking phases:
Phase 1 opened 10am Sat 27th Feb - booking for parents of players who played at SMCC in the summer term of 2019 only.
Phase 2 opened at 11am Sat 6th March - booking for Phase 1 parents + parents of players booked in to our indoor training (Oct-Dec 2019 or Jan-Mar 2020). We have emailed all Phase 2 parents at the email address that needs to be used when booking. If you believe you should be in Phase 2 but have not received this message, please email us (email@example.com)
Phase 3 opened at 10am Sat 13th March - booking now open to everyone to fill any remaining places
Please note that the switch from one phase to another is a manual process, so please bear with us if booking is not available at exactly 10am. We will email parents on our mailing list once changes once courses are bookable and we've tested that they are working as expected.
Summer term places may only be booked through SMCC Juniors' own booking system LoveAdmin (unlike other periods of the year and camps, for which bookings are taken via the website of our coaching providers, 360 Cricket).
LoveAdmin - how to register, book and pay explains what to do if you are a new or returning member, and links through to our online booking system.
Please follow the step-by-step guide on that page as it will enable you to avoid nearly all common registration & booking problems.
Paying either the full fee or the first instalment secures a place.
Assistance for low income families
As ever, SMCC is proud of our 'ability to pay is not a barrier to play' policy. If the fees are not affordable for your family, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your circumstances. We are normally happy to agree a more affordable fee.
How many spaces are still available?
Squads generally have a limit of 25 players per squad (same as 2020), though this varies slightly for some age-groups.
Once booking starts, the details below section will be updated every few days to let you know the number of places remaining per squad. Once courses are full, LoveAdmin will allow you to add yourself to a waiting list for that squad if you follow the same process as for booking a course. We do occasionally have drop-outs and accidental double bookings, so we recommend you do this as any new spaces will be offered to parents on the waiting list first.
Please book as soon as possible. Once age-groups get close to full, the last few spaces tend to be snapped up very quickly.
On 13 April 2021, the number of places available was as follows:
U5 & U6 Mixed (reception & year 1): fully booked (33% girls), 12 on waiting list
U7 Mixed (year 2): fully booked (16% girls), 5 on waiting list
U8 Mixed (year 3): fully booked (32% girls), 10 on waiting list
U9-11 Girls (soft-ball) (years 4-6 girls): 4/30 places available
U9 Boys (year 4 boys): fully booked, 6 on waiting list
U10 Boys (year 5 boys): fully booked, 3 on waiting list
U11-13 Girls (hard-ball) (years 6-8 girls): 5/25 places available
U11 Boys (year 6 boys): fully booked, 3 on waiting list
U12 Boys (year 7 boys): fully booked - 3 on waiting list
U13 Boys (year 8): 9/30 places available
U14 Mixed* (year 9): 2/25 places available
U15 Mixed* (year 10): 12/20 places available**
U16/U17 Mixed* - 12 booked (There's no limit on these players who play in senior cricket. In 2021, we also have seven U17 and six U19 fixtures.)
*These tend to be nearly all boys. From year 8 up, girls are welcome to play either women's cricket, junior cricket, or both.
**Because the U14s play on Friday evenings, they will also be able to play in the U15s, making the U15s squad viable.
Why a maximum of approx 25 players per age-group?
We aim to get our squad sizes just right so that we can put a team out every week of the season and not have to cancel any games. Some weeks, squads will probably have 15+ kids to pick from, while other weekends such as the bank holiday weekend at half-term, the end of the summer term and through the summer holidays, we expect to have only just enough kids to get all teams out.
We have found that around 25 is the optimum size for most squads. In the U5-U9 age-groups it is possible to play more than one match on a pitch at the same time, so when we have enough players available we tend to run a second game alongside the first.
There's space for one of my children but not the other
If you want to book more than one child, but some age-groups are full, please contact us as in this circumstance, we are normally willing to create an extra space in that age-group within the system.
What if you have no spaces left? Can you suggest anywhere else?
We would love to be able to provide space for more players than the limits shown above, but we limit numbers so that players get to play a reasonable number of games per summer. We are not able to consider running multiple boys’ teams per age-group as the volume of the administration (already hundreds of hours per year) would become impossible.
We will be very sorry if some players who booked into the indoor training are not able to book in for the summer term, but we do need to have these limits in place.
If you are unable to book in, what alternatives are there?
SMCC/360 Cricket summer camp & other holiday camps by 360 Cricket
Our summer camp is open to anyone. You don’t have to be a member in the summer term to book into the summer camp. 360 Cricket also sometimes run camps at other school holiday times. If you're on our mailing list, we'll let you know about these, or you can check the 360 Cricket website and ask to be on their mailing list.
Platform Cricket runs numerous low cost cricket hubs for kids aged 8-11. It has a particular focus on aiming to increase the number of low income and BAME players playing cricket, and about 30% of their players are girls. Platform has Kent player Daniel Bell-Drummond as its figurehead. The day to day operations are led by the very experienced Chris Willetts, who we have met with several times to talk about junior cricket in our area. He’s very passionate about what Platform are doing and we expect his hubs are well run. We and other local clubs are looking to partner with Platform to provide a fast-track route for their 11 year olds into club cricket (subject to space).
Some other clubs nearby that run cricket for juniors:
Not in a league:
Southwark Park (relatively new, small and growing club that would love to have new members - coaching there is also provided by 360 Cricket). The juniors is run by a chap called Martin Kovats, who is passionate about trying to grow junior cricket in the area around Southwark Park.
In the Surrey Junior Championship league (tend to train on weeknights and have matches on weekends), listed very roughly in terms of distance / travel time from SMCC:
Dulwich Cricket Club (likely to have long waiting lists)
Alleyn Cricket Club (also in Dulwich)
Spencer (likely a long waiting list)
Wimbledon (coaching provided by 360 Cricket)
Roehampton (coaching provided by 360 Cricket)
There is a map and there are links to websites & email addresses on the Surrey Cricket Foundation website of Surrey-affiliated clubs, see . Please note that not all of the clubs listed on that page run junior cricket.
In the North Kent Junior League league (so tend to train on weekends and play matches on weeknights):
Catford & Cyphers
Bank Of England
All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket
These are part of a national programme initiated by the England & Wales Cricket Board. The ECB provides the advertising, online systems and apps, delivery of kit and training of the 'Activators'. Clubs and other such organisation deliver the sessions face-to-face with the kids.
In the summer, there are normally several of these running in the local area.
All Stars is for kids aged 5-8.
Dynamos Cricket is for aged 8-11. They are a well designed and fun introduction to cricket.