Youngsters attending Basall Common based Berkswell Cricket Club youth training sessions are enjoying regular access to a number of ex-Warwickshire professional cricketers, including Jamie Spires, Nick James and Warwickshire batting legend and Berkswell Club Captain Dominic Ostler.
Berkswell Cricket Club has put youth development at the top of its’ agenda in 2014 by launching a range of Youth Development Partnership deals to drive investment into creating more opportunities for youngsters and the best coaching for as many as possible.
The club already boasts three ex-professional cricketers among its’ youth coaching staff, but harbours ambitions to provide more well-qualified coaches to ensure no child is turned away this summer and the most talented youngsters are identified quickly and given the earliest opportunity of breaking into district and county sides.
Berkswell’s youth teams all finished first or second in their respective leagues through 2013 and their coaching roster already includes former Warwickshire professionals Dominic Ostler, Nick James and Jamie Spires. The coaches are really popular amongst their charges, and in Dominic Ostler, the boys get to work with Berkswell’s 1st team skipper, whom is also considered one of Warwickshire’s all-time batting legends, having won an historic treble with the county during the 1990’s.
Investors in Berkswell’s youth set-up can expect excellent publicity through the club’s rapidly expanding multi-media network, alongside great networking and social opportunities available via club events.
Berkswell’s senior side plays at the highest level outside the professional county game and as such offers a clear path into the professional game, as demonstrated by the progress of home-grown 21 year old Warwickshire professional Tom Milnes.
Contact Craig Burgess to find out how to get involved with Berkswell Cricket Club:
‘Intriguing’ would be one word to describe plans for a Frog Racing evening at the Berkswell Royal British Legion next to Berkswell Station this Saturday (1st February 2014), which sees residents invited to come and ride their favourite frog in one of 6 first-round heats with a further race for qualifiers for a grand final.
A non-exhaustive list of frogs in the competitive fray include: Francois the Frog; Froggie Le Croak; Pepe Le Peu; Petis Pois; Cuisse de Grenoilles; Ze Fallen Madonna; Tour de Frog and Napolean torn Apart.
Berkswell Cricket Club is busy gearing up for the new season with winter training for both youth and senior sections and the doors are open to new players at all levels.
Berkswell’s top senior side plays at the highest level outside the professional county circuit and boasts a squad packed full of current and former Warwickshire players and one former England International.
The youth section has become equally successful in recent years, boasting squads at every age group that finished first or second in their respective leagues in 2013.
The club is now inviting new blood to come along and get involved, with a youth section that enjoys some of the best coaching available anywhere. The coaching staff regularly includes current and former professional cricketers, courtesy of a partnership with the formidable coaching outfit Complete Cricket.
Berkswell 2014 pre-season training – seniors
Berkswell’s pre-season indoor training runs for a 10 week period from Tuesday 5th February at Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club’s indoor facility, before moving outside at Berkswell’s Meeting House Lane ground in Balsall Common. The club runs 3 senior sides on a Saturday and two on Sundays. New faces are always welcome across a wide spectrum of abilities because of the wide range of levels of competition the club competes in.
Pre-season winter sessions for 2014 take place as follows:
Dates: Every Tuesday 4th February to 8th April
Venue: Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club
Times: 8:15pm – 9:30pm
Address: Glasshouse Park, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2AL
Berkswell’s Youth Section
The club also welcomes youth cricketers from the age of 7 years upwards. Berkswell’s youngsters are privileged to enjoy access to some of the best coaches in the Midlands, courtesy of top coaching consultancy Complete Cricket. Training focuses on a wide range of skills, drills, technique and fitness in all areas of the game and includes regular access to former professional cricketers.
Anyone interested in getting involved with youth cricket should email Youth Chairman Alan Warwood: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Under 10s Winter Training Programme
10 week programme
Starts: Sunday 12/01/2014
Runs every Sunday (except 16/02 and 23/02)
Ends: Sunday 30/03/2014
Location: Heart of England School (Main Sports Hall), Gypsy Lane, Balsall Common
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Youth Chairman Alan Warwood: email@example.com
* Note: children must be 7 years of age to attend these sessions. This is a requirement under the terms of our insurance.
Under 16s Winter Training Programme
10 week programme aimed at lads from the Under 11 (Year 6) Age Group through to Under 16s (Year 11).
Starts: Saturday 11/01/2014
Runs every Saturday (except 15/02 and 22/02)
Ends: Saturday 29/03/2014
Location: Solihull College, B91 1SB
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Youth Chairman Alan Warwood: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Note: the upper age limit will be capped this winter at 16 years of age for safety reasons.
It often surprises local residents to learn that Balsall Common based Berkswell Cricket Club is one of the most successful clubs in the West Midlands, with an elite 1st team that plays semi-professionally in the top division of the oldest club cricket league in the world.
The club has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the ranks of village cricket clubs to top regional cricketing centre, with a squad packed full of current and former Warwickshire professionals. The club is actively seeking mutually beneficial long-term partnerships with the area’s top businesses, such as existing partners Tyler Packaging, Lexus Coventry, Nailcote Hall and Ye Olde Saracens Head, to name a few.