Young Leaders In Cricket Programme
Flyer from 2023. Information still valid for 2024.
What is the Young Leaders In Cricket Programme?
In 2024, we will once again be participating in the Young Leaders In Cricket programme - it will be our 7th year as a club.
At SMCC, this programme is now targeted at Under 15s boys and girls (school year 10) only as part of our SMCC & 360 Cricket Junior Coaching Pathway, though Young Leaders is certainly not all about coaching, and indeed does not need to involve any coaching.
Young Leaders is a programme run by in many other clubs in the Kent region and which is now being promoted by Surrey Cricket Foundation as well. In 2023, the programme had over 300 participants.
The programme gives teenagers the opportunity to develop useful life skills in the context of volunteering at their cricket club, for example:
Coaching - this is a one day 'activator' course (similar to a the ECB Support Coach course) that will cover the basics of helping a qualified coach to run a session with a focus on how to organise children to train with enjoyably but safely
First aid - this course is very interesting and a great life skill - you will learn life-saving skills such as putting an unconscious person in the recovery position, how to perform CPR and how to apply a defibrillator (which we have at SMCC)
Scoring - gain confidence in a skill that is an essential for any player as he/she moves into playing senior cricket
Umpiring - again, gain confidence in a skill that is an essential for any player as he/she moves into playing senior cricket
Grounds maintenance - a primer in how cricket grounds are looked after and how to minimise environmental impact
Mental toughness workshop
In addition to attending sessions to learn about the above, players are required to do a minimum of 20 hours of volunteering.
Flyer from 2023. Information still valid for 2024.
When and were are the training modules held?
There is normally online training taking place from February onwards and the face-to-Face modules are normally delivered mainly during the Easter holidays with dates also available in the May half term and summer holidays for anyone needing to complete the course.
The training is held at various cricket clubs across the Surrey and Kent regions. Modules are listed on the Young Leaders in Cricket website.
How do players sign-up?
Players and a parents are required to attend an initial information evening session (see dates here), at which the programme will be fully explained by one of the main organisers of the programme.
Here is a link to the sign up form...
PDF of slides introducing the programme (2022). This is still a good overview of the programme, but please refer to the Young Leaders website for latest information.
Volunteering and fundraising - what can you do?
In previous years, Young Leaders have done this in many different ways, including:
helped with grounds and facilities maintenance as part of CricketForce (usually beginning of Easter holidays - likely to be Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd April in 2022)
volunteered as a support coach with the younger juniors (for which we require at least one parent volunteer to coordinate schedules)
run our annual second-hand kit bring & buy sales at training sessions at the beginning of the outdoor season
baked cakes to sell at events
helped run a raffle at the annual family fun & awards day
Some new ideas to try in 2024:
Put new grip tape on our plastic bats (club will provide the tape)
Help advise new players and parents what cricket kit they need and how to know what is the right size
Help parents of the Under 5-9s games on Saturday mornings with umpiring and scoring
Make, edit and publish a videos about the club - about the Young Leaders programme, interviews with interesting people about the club, match reports... (which we can share on our websites and social media)
Lead a consultation with parents and other junior players to propose and update to our junior Code of Conduct (idea comes from the Surrey Performance Programme, where their code was written by their older juniors)
Source, get printed (plan and request some budget from club) and install more imagery of female cricket to put up on walls around the club
Run a barbecue at an event
Distribute flyers promoting women & girls cricket to neighbourhoods near SMCC
But there are many other possibilities and creativity is very much encouraged.
Your volunteering doesn't all have to be at the SMCC; it could also be at your school, for example.
Parent volunteer required to coordinate
Each year we need at least one volunteer from the parents of the players taking part to help as follows:
Liaise with the programme administrators and SMCC to arrange dates for course modules that need to use the SMCC clubhouse and grounds, and to be present to open and close up the clubhouse (or ensure that another parent will). The modules requiring the clubhouse are usually first aid, scoring and umpiring.
Liaise with the Young Leaders to schedule them into coaching sessions and be the single point of contact for 360 Cricket. 360 Cricket will provide the slots for which they need the YLs.
And lastly, this year's volunteers should be willing to do a handover to next year's volunteers in a year's time.
Without these volunteers, we will be unable to support the programme.
The course costs £70.
Players are asked to fundraise an additional £60 each as part of the programme to contribute to the costs of the course modules.
What happens after the course?
At the end of the course, all of the Young Leaders are usually invited to a celebratory evening at Lord's Cricket Ground, which is attended by hundreds of Young Leaders from across the region.
Who runs the programme? Is it run for profit?
The Young Leaders programme is led by two amazing volunteers named Chris and Andy (you'll see Chris in the video above), who started the whole programme a few years ago. They dedicate many, many hours per year to organising and running the programme - not for profit; just for the love of seeing teenage cricketers enjoy learning new skills, having the opportunity to give something back to their clubs and communities, and feeling confident about the transition into senior cricket.