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Why Cricket? Why Endon?

Parents play a major role at the club, not least of which in supplying us with a constant supply of enthusiastic and energetic youngsters all of whom want to hit a ball into the outer atmosphere as soon as they pick up a plastic bat. The learning process begins here. If they hit out they can get caught out and so the life-lessons that Cricket so adeptly provides immediately makes an impact. Like life, Cricket is a mixture of individual endeavour, group interaction, skill, patience, fortune ..... the list goes on. Congratulations, you have involved your child in the best and most all-embracing sport in the world.

The life of the club is not just on the cricket pitch. Our youngsters form tight-knit friendship groups and spend much of their free time in and on the periphery of the club’s adult activities within our grounds. Friendships are often across wide age-bands and allow for better relationships in the school environment. The vast majority of our juniors will make the transition from Primary to Secondary with the comfort of having many a familiar face in the year groups above them. There is a strong sense of community between our cricketing youngsters.


You will find lots of tips and advice from our coaching team on "Stumps" but here is some more general advice on how to help your child develop and take advantage of the club's junior arrangements. Welcome to a decade of junior cricket.

A sponge ball at home is a great way of developing hand-eye co-ordination from an early age and without damaging the furniture. Constant repetition for infants will produce better ball skills later in life. These activities can also be done on an informal basis on Friday nights at the club.

When youngsters learn to catch, advancing their skills on a trampoline with diving catches is a great way to encourage development and confidence. (Safety precautions are advised for this exercise)

Setting up a game of cricket in the garden with your own set of special rules not only gives children practice it also teaches them to accept decisions - good and bad.

A child’s first formal cricket will probably take place at school and will normally produce an enthusiastic response. At this point it is a good idea to just wander down to Endon Cricket Club on a Friday night or during an adult match to see where the sport leads.

Joining the club is the next step. Most children join in Year Two or Three. Every year, information from Endon CC is passed down to potential parents via the schools, usually advertising a registration night.

Competitive play begins with selection to an Under-Nines team. Inclusivity is a key part of cricket at this age, so everyone gets a chance. Matches are normally played off the square to allow a series of matches to take place at the same time. Competition is often in the form of mini-tournaments between a number of teams.

Some under-Nines may be recommended by coaches to attend District and County trials but not to worry if your child does not initially get this recommendation. The process takes place every year and, as our coaches will soon tell you, children develop at different rates and ages. Jordan Weaver, one of our top senior performers, did not make this selection until he was seventeen.

As a parent, attending away matches will be your first introduction to the wonderland of cricket venues. Not all clubs have attractive views and beautiful surroundings but in North Staffordshire there are a large number of landscape gems to experience and enjoy.

All cricket under the age of eleven and, in some leagues, up to the age of thirteen, is played in the Pairs format where if you are out you just lose runs rather than lose your wicket and don’t have to make that terrible trudge back to the clubhouse.

Proper cricket, when you really are out, sometimes from the very first ball, comes with selection to the U-13 team that plays in the prestigious Kidsgrove Junior League. The more advanced juniors may start playing in this very competitive environment as early as ten-years-old, serving an important apprenticeship before taking advantage of their fruition year when they reach full age in the U-13 category.

Although this is a more nail-biting time for parents, it also represents perhaps the most pleasureable of parental experience. The matches take place on Sunday mornings and are, at all clubs, accompanied by the smell of enthusiastically supplied breakfasts and strolls around the boundary in glorious sunshine (sunshine not guaranteed).

Under-15 cricket goes back to short format matches played during weekday evenings. At this age, however, many juniors start to make inroads into the senior teams. Lewis Moulton, for example, made his First XI debut while playing in this league.

U-17 cricket is generally of a very high standard and returns to the civilization of Sunday mornings. This age, however, represents a difficult time for young cricketers. Those who enjoy the game but have not made the grade are often faced with a difficult situation. To prevent our young men from leaving the sport the club is looking to extend its social cricket to Thursday nights to accommodate those members who are not playing regular competitive cricket.



Without juniors and the volunteer parents they bring with them, the cricket club would be a poorer place. In the last few years Endon has seen many parents committing themselves to the life of the club in a variety of ways. Many fathers, even some without cricketing experience, have devoted free time to coaching via club-funded coaching qualifications and, of course, the more coaches available the better the teaching ratios. Many of our female members have assisted in coaching our juniors in an indirect way. By forming a Kwik-cricket team they have displayed a wonderful example to the girls that come to club sometimes as members but more frequently to watch their brothers. These young females are able to see adult women playing cricket and, we hope, will be inspired to take up the game.

To give this growing band of coaches the facilities to do the best they can for our children requires a great deal of money. Many parents involve themselves in organising or assisting with fund-raising. The more money we raise the more likely funding agencies will be in responding positively towards our grant applications. A parent offering just a few hours in the season can make a tremendous difference.

Here’s how you can help:

Food preparation
Food preparation normally takes place on Fridays which is the main day for parents socialising at the club while they watch their children being coached. Many parents offer to do a couple of menus over the course of the season. If ten sets of parents did the same the whole season would be covered. (From time to time the club will offer Level One Food Hygiene courses for keener parents – this qualification is required by any of the club’s kitchen managers who need to be present when food is made available via the kitchen facilities.)
Bar work
Working behind the bar, even occasionally, allows members to become familiar with everyone in the club and is not as daunting as it might seem. Many of us have had no bar experience at all but now hold no qualms about pulling a pint. Inexperienced bar volunteers are never left to fend for themselves. There will always be an experienced bar person to show a new volunteer the ropes.
Specialist assistance
Many parents obviously have specialist skills that may, from time to time, be required by the club. Undertaking repair jobs or offering advice can save the club a great deal of money. Often we are not aware of what skills exist within the membership roll, so please tell us.
Introducing Sponsors
Sponsors are key part of fund-raising. Many members do not realise that they have access to potential sponsors in their work environment or amongst family and friends. This website allows each page to be sponsored by any company or individual with a link to their own internet presence. It is estimated the club presently has contact with up to three-hundred families in the general Endon area, so sponsoring a page is value for money. Parents also can sponsor their own child’s web profile (Year 8 and above)
Nat West Days and work parties
Every year the club comes together in a Nat West-sponsored day to prepare the club for the new season and to undertake development projects. These days are hard work but they are also some of the most entertaining events in the club calendar. If you can offer a contribution to this day or similar events you will be helping the club enormously.
Supporting senior teams
If there was a pub in place of the pavilion serving drinks at our low prices, offering wonderful views and a sporting spectacle in front of its veranda, it would be packed on every sunny weekend. Our aim is to make members aware that the club is not just for Friday nights. Come down on a Saturday with your friends and family and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of beer, cricket and bird-life. Get to know the senior teams and follow their progress. Jordan Weaver and Dan Bailey both hit five sixes last year in fantastic matches that saw Endon progress on a dazzling cup run. The Sentinel reports local cricket in a big way. Take a look at the match reports and the league tables. Your child may one day have his or her name printed there.