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Club development plan

We write a club development plan every year as a valuable tool to guide the club through the coming year/s in a structured and effective way. Within this plan there are a targets and visions covering 1-5 years in the future and the information below is a synopsis of the club’s latest plan for 2022.

Successes in recent years

Our Surrey Slam winning Women’s side in 2019
  • Juniors (since 2016):
    • Numbers: junior membership up 310%; girls membership up 1400% (now 25% of juniors); indoor training attendance up 1200% to over 200 players/week for 20 weeks; number of matches up 380% to 230 matches, and from having no holiday camps we now run 30+ days/year for around 40 players/day
    • Playing success: in 2021 our juniors won just over 50% of games (up from 30%); with most teams now in tier 2 rather than tier 3 divisions
    • Player development: We joined the Young Leaders programme with over 25 teenagers having taken part
    • Finance: Juniors now makes a substantial and fair contribution to club upkeep
    • Producing performance players: 16 boys and 2 girls have played in Kent District, London Schools or Surrey performance programmes
    • Record numbers of juniors are now playing in out men’s and women’s cricket each year
  • Women’s section has grown to 30+ players in 2022 we will run two women’s squads. In 2019, our Women’s side won the inaugural Surrey Slam T20 tournament, while also going undefeated in the league to win promotion to Division 1 and in 2021, they finished 2nd in Div 1.
  • Men’s playing demand has grown to require seven league sides and most Saturdays, an additional eighth friendly side. We also formed a new regular midweek T20 team and increased the amount of friendly cricket available.
  • Delivered a full 12 weeks junior training programme, 107 junior games, a summer camp and 140 senior games in 2020, while adhering strictly to ECB Covid-Secure guidelines
  • Raised £3k from the ECB in 2021 to partially fund new grounds machinery and a £7k grant for two Flicx Wickets.  We have also invested in two new batting cages to use with the Flicx Wickets. Previously raised grants of similar amounts for new covers and club furniture.
  • Club has built a more financially secure position despite a Covid hit 2020 season.

Plans for 2022

In 2016 we had 100 junior players. In 2022 we expect around 350, including around 100 girls
  • Obtain planning permission and start construction of new pavilion
  • Make another moderate financial surplus that will further de-risk the club’s financial situation and enable investment in facilities
  • Run multiple additional squads: Women’s 2nd XI, Girls Under 9s, Girls Under 15s, Under 16s, Development XI
  • Get record numbers of teenage players playing senior cricket (men’s and women’s)
  • Invest in ground maintenance after being financially conservative in 2020

5 Year Vision

As indicated by our several recent member surveys. upgrading our practice nets will be a high priority once we have secured the new pavilion
  • New pavilion fit for purpose and providing long term financial stability for the club
  • Re-develop and relocate net facilities
  • Remove St Gabriel’s building to gain more playing area
  • Re-site groundskeeper facilities to increase parking provision
  • Secure a regular and improved out-ground to cope with increased playing demand
  • Continue to grow the girls’ and women’s sections with the aim of being able to run three dedicated girls’ squads and two women’s squads in 2022
  • Continue to increase the number of junior alumni playing senior cricket (both men and women) with the aim that they become long term members
  • Increase outreach to under-represented communities to encourage participation
  • Develop disability cricket when the facilities are improved

This gives you a flavour of what your club has achieved and what it plans to achieve moving forward. If you would like any more information on the successes and plans above please contact us at enquiries.smcricketclub@gmail.com.


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