Welcome to Wellington CC Juniors 2023!
The Wellington CC Juniors programme covers boys and girls from school years 4 to 10. There is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of their ability or cricket experience. We pride ourselves on teaching our sport to all those that want to learn to play – in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.
Within the Juniors programme, boys and girls train by age category. These smaller groups are self-managing, so your child will be dealing with the same coaches, organisers, and group of friends throughout.
We also provide cricket opportunities for boys and girls younger than 8 and older than 15 – even though these groups fall outside of our main Juniors programme. You will find information on this towards the bottom of this page.
Why learn cricket at Wellington?
We have one of the largest juniors sections in the area with over 150 youngsters learning their cricket with us in 2022. There are lots of reasons for youngsters to play their cricket here.
- We have a small army of devoted ECB trained coaches with all the qualifications and certificates in place.
- Our Orleton Park ground has top-drawer facilities for soft and hard ball cricket, both playing and training.
- We have a track-record of coaching children to go on to represent Wellington in senior cricket and Shropshire in their respective age groups.
- We offer additional high-level training for those selected for our Academy programmes.
- We have a warm and friendly club with a busy social scene, a community that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike.
What does the Wellington CC Juniors programme look like?
Our offering varies by age and gender so that the cricket experience at Wellington suits every child’s abilities, needs and development.
Training is spread across Monday and Tuesday evenings (each group will have their own slot), starting w/c 17th April this year and lasting for thirteen weeks until w/c 17th July. These sessions are varied and designed to give our youngsters a solid grounding in all aspects of cricket.
Besides training, Wellington also competes in local leagues for the older age groups. For younger age-groups, the focus is more on participation and we play many friendlies and festival days (round-robin formats involving several clubs at one ground).
During the close season there is also an opportunity for our Junior Members to continue training with indoor coaching taking place between November and February. These are not included in our main membership and extra coaching fees usually apply.
Age Group Details for 2023
We are now able to share the details of the upcoming season with you. There have been some subtle changes to the set-up since last year, so please take time to the read the section relevant to your child’s age group.
BOYS (School Years 4, 5 and 6)
U11 Wolves and U11 Foxes
For 2023, we have decided to divide this age group into two groups – a hardball group (the Wolves) and a softball group (the Foxes). Players will be divided into these groups based on their current playing level once the season gets underway. The Wolves will enter a team in the local leage (matches on Sunday mornings) whilst the Foxes will play softball friendlies and festivals (also on selected Sundays). Boys will be able to move from the Foxes to the Wolves if the coaches judge that they are now ready for hardball cricket.
Training: Both groups will train on Monday evenings from 17th April between 5.45 PM and 6.45 PM
Key Contacts: Luke Goring (Coach – 07443 226596), Ben Pilkington (Coach – 07949 158299), Mark Tarran (Coach – 07940 115056), Dan Vaughan (Coach – 07446 657975)
Find out more: Contact William Fewtrell (Organiser – 07922 504566)
BOYS (School Years 7 and 8)
U13 LIONS, U13 TIGERS and U13 PANTHERS
For 2023, we have decided to divide this age group into three separate squads. Boys from last season have already been informed of their squad (new members should contact Vicky below for a squad allocation). The Lions will compete in the County League, whilst the Tigers and Panthers will both compete in the regional league. All games take place on Wednesday evenings. We have decided to implement this change to maximise playing time for all boys as this is a large group.
Training: The Lions and Tigers will train on Monday evenings from 17th April between 7.00 PM and 8.00 PM. The Panthers will train at the earlier time of 5.45 PM and 6.45 PM on Mondays.
Contacts: Mark Downes (Coach – 07411 590999), Dave Morris (Coach – 07530 352334), Dave Good (Coach – 07821 141824), Mark O’Connor (Coach – 07976 781455), Jamie Webb (Coach – 07821 759843), Will Mashinge (Coach)
Find out more: Contact Vicky Pryce (Organiser – 07870 819925)
BOYS (School Years 9 and 10)
Our U15s compete in the county league with games played on Monday nights.
Training: Because their matches are on Mondays, this group train on Tuesday evenings between 6.00 PM and 7.00 PM. They will get underway on 18th April this year.
Contacts: Duncan Taylor (Coach – 07530 118116), Henry Morris (Coach – 07949 169358), Adam Marshall (Coach – 07498 984470)
Find out more: Contact Angela Coalbran (Organiser – 07951 900636)
GIRLS (SCHOOL YEARS 4, 5, 6, 7, AND 8)
Training: This group will train on Mondays from 17th April between 6.30 PM and 7.45 PM. Activities are split into softball and hardball groups as appropriate to each girls age and playing level. The club fields an U13 Girls team in the local league and also attends softball festivals at U13 and U11 level.
Contacts: Rich Atherden (Coach – 07756 726280), Stuart Taylor (Coach – 07773 535729), Gareth Mullard Wilson (Coach – 07970 675082)
Find out more: Laura Taylor (Organiser – 07580254136)
GIRLS (School Years 9 AND UP)
Training: This group will train on Tuesdays from 18th April between 7.00 PM and 8.00 PM. Training is conducted alongside the Wellington Ladies squad. Girls are encouraged to represent Wellington Ladies, but we will also be entering an U14-U16 team in the local hardball league.
Contacts: Simon Topper (Coach – 07921 234800), Phil Snape (Coach – 07790 402673)
Find out more: Sharonlee Young (Organiser – 07816 925915)
What does it cost and how can I sign up?
Wellington CC Juniors is a one-off annual membership fee, which is £70 a year for boys and £55 a year for girls. This includes all summer training sessions and junior matches. Our Junior Members also receive a £5 gift voucher each to help them get kitted up at Seaton Sports. Parents of Junior Members are also entitled to half-price Social Membership at the club.
If you would like to sign up for the 2023 season, follow this link to our Membership Hub.
All Stars! Cricket for Younger Ones
Through the ECB All Stars scheme, we have also expanded our offerings for 5 to 8 year-olds. The 2023 program will start on Friday 12th May. For more information or to sign up, please click here. For enquires, please contact Vicky Pryce on 07870 819925.
Cricket Beyond Year 10
Our Junior programme ends at School Year 10. However we continue to offer cricket opportunities for players in the 16-19 bracket via our Senior Mens and Senior Ladies set-up. For more information, speak to Matt Stinson (Mens – 07702047644) or Hannah Young (Ladies – 07827 865345).
Wellington CC Juniors are
very kindly sponsored by MR BTRAC