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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 2021.

Successes in recent years

Our Surrey Slam winning Women’s side in 2019
  • Juniors (since 2016):
    • Numbers: membership doubled to 260, indoor training attendance up x10, successful summer camp (30 kids/day for 20 days in 2020), number of matches run up x3, girls participation up x10
    • Playing Success: winning 40-50% of games (up from 30%); most teams now entering tier 2 rather than tier 3 divisions
    • Player Development: Joined Young Leaders programme resulting in numerous U14-15 players experiencing work as support coaches
    • Finance: Junior now makes a substantial and fair contribution to club upkeep
    • Producing performance players: 12 boys and 1 girl have played in Kent District, London Schools or Surrey performance programmes
    • A record number (21) juniors played senior cricket for the club in 2020, 11 for the first time
  • In 2019, the 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 2020 the Women’s squad attracted 12 new players.
  • Men’s playing demand has grown to require seven league sides and on occasions, an additional 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. 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 2021

In 2016 we had 100 junior players. In 2021 we will have over 275, including 60 girls
  • Obtain planning permission and start construction of new pavilion
  • Make a financial surplus that will further de-risk the club’s financial situation and enable investment in facilities
  • Run a record number of junior games per player by running additional friendlies and internal matches through the summer holidays, and run our biggest ever summer camp
  • Re-launch of a “Development XI” to assist the transition between men’s junior and senior cricket
  • Enter a women’s soft-ball tournament to cater for new players and act as pathway for junior players if not (yet) comfortable with senior hard ball cricket
  • 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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