Welcome to the CCCC 2020 Outdoor Season!

Dear CCCC member, parent or carer,

It is that time of year again when we start preparing for the new outdoor season. 2020 promises to be another exciting year, with lots of cricket planned for everybody! Please find below an update on the upcoming season.

Outdoor training starts in April!

We are pleased to confirm that outdoor training sessions will continue to be held at the beautiful Clare College Sports Ground in Cambridge (CB2 8AW). We are very fortunate to have access to these facilities and they will provide us with more than enough room to run all our age groups over the summer. As well as lots of green space for the children to play cricket, we will also have access to the 5 outdoor nets, helping us to hone the skills of the older hardball cricketers.

For the girls section (hardball), outdoor training will start on Saturday 25th April. The girls Saturday sessions will start at 9.00am and will finish at 10.30am.

For the U11s, U13s and U15s (hardball), outdoor training will start on Sunday 26th April. Sunday sessions will start at 9.00 am and will finish at 11.30 am.

For the U9s and U10s (softball), outdoor training will also start on Sunday 28th April. Sunday sessions will start at 9.00am and will finish at 10.30am.

Outdoor training will run through until the end of August for all the above groups.

CCCC girl’s cricket is going from strength to strength!

Over the winter we have been running a very successful girls net program headed up by Steve Taylor. As well as being Lead Coach for the CCCC girls section, Steve is also Lead Coach for the U13 Cambridgeshire CCC Girls team and the Cambridge University Ladies first team coach. Numbers attending the sessions have increased almost week on week and we are very keen to continue this trend.

We will have a dedicated U11 girls’ team playing competitive league matches this year and will also have a number of U13 girls playing together in competitive matches as well.

We hope you will continue to support this initiative and get your daughters to bring along their friends, to learn about cricket and join the team if they are keen to do so.

Don’t forget, the girls train on Saturday mornings from 9.00-10.30am and not Sunday’s.

Lots of competitive teams for 2020

It is our aim to ensure that all those who want to pay competitive cricket during the season get the chance to do so.  In keeping with last year, we have entered multiple teams in each age group from U9/U10 (soft ball) right through to U15, as well as an U11 girls’ team. We are also entered in the U11, U13 and U15 cup competitions for Cambridgeshire.

U15s access to the Cambridge CC senior section

Progression from junior to senior cricket is often a challenge for most cricket clubs, and a time when a lot of children will often stop playing the game. Being able to integrate (and feel part of ) a senior team is sometimes difficult, which is why we are pleased to confirm that ‘members’ of CCCC’s U15 section will continue to have access to Cambridge CC’s senior section.

To help manage this transition period and ensure CCCC members feel welcome, players and coaches from Cambridge CC (our partner club) will form an active part of the CCCC coaching team, particularly in the U13 and U15 sections. This will help our members to get to know the senior players, before training and playing with them during the senior season.

A number of the 1st XI players for Cambridge CC have come through the ranks as juniors with CCCC and long may this continue. If you son or daughter is part of the CCCC U15 section and is keen to come along to Cambridge CC pre-season nets (held on Monday evenings from 8-9pm), with a view to playing in the senior teams this season, please get in touch with Jonny Kent (jonnykent76@icloud.com).

2020 Fees

As a Community Amateur Sports Club and a not for profit organization, we are always conscious of trying to keep membership costs down, whilst ensuring we raise enough money each year to provide a safe and fun environment for the children to play cricket. With this in mind, fees for the 2020 season will be as follows and will stay the same as they have for the last 2 seasons:

  • £80 for the first child
  • £60 for the second child
  • £40 for any subsequent children

The above fees will cover ALL Sunday morning training sessions (approx. 18) and ALL match fees for the 2020 season. As a paying member you will also have early access to sign up for our winter and pre-season indoor nets, which start when the outdoor season finishes (September 2020).

Bursaries

We are very keen to ensure as many children as possible can participate in cricket.  To this end, and under certain circumstances, we have the ability to reduce fees and provide playing kit free of charge.  Please contact the Chairman directly, for a discrete conversation, if this is something you would like to know more about. 

Registration

We will shortly be sending out a separate email on how to register your child (or children) as members with CCCC. This year we will be moving all our membership process online, making things much quicker and easier. More to follow very soon!

Sunday morning coffee and the world famous CCCC BBQ!

For the parents and adults who like to stay and watch training on Sunday mornings, ‘Really Awesome Coffee’ will be back selling the very best coffee money can buy, along with other hot and cold drinks and snacks. They will be set up for when the children arrive and will stay right through until the end of the session.

No CCCC Sunday morning training session would be complete without our now customary end of session BBQ! As with last year we will continue to have burgers and sausages available for the children (and adults!) to purchase at the end of their session. 

Would you like to help?

If you would like to help in any way, however small, please speak to one of the team who will be very happy to discuss this with you.  As our numbers grow, we need more help to keep things running smoothly. This may be as simple as helping to coordinate the children on Sunday mornings, or supporting a team manager on match days.

There is also a real opportunity for you to help with coaching sessions, if this is something you would like to do. If you would like to start on the path to being a cricket coach we will gladly help with training courses and the costs involved.

As per ECB Welfare and Child Safeguarding requirements, we will need to organise a short and simple security check (DBS) before you can assist the club. If you would like to help out this year then please get in touch with our Welfare Officer (Clare Gordon) who will be very happy to make this happen.

Club Shop

The club shop, in conjunction with Mr Cricket abased in Burwell, is where you will be able to order your CCCC kit for the upcoming season. You can order CCCC training and match kit on line using the following link.

http://www.mrcricketshop.co.uk/cricket/club-shop

The password is CCCC18

Web-site and Social Media

For further information on the club, our fixtures and events or to see what is happening each week, please access our web-site or our ‘play-cricket’ page (below). We also have Facebook and Twitter pages, so you can now follow us and get regular updates on what is going on at the club. Links for both are below.

Club website: https://www.cityofcambridgecc.co.uk
Play Cricket website: https://cityofcambridge.play-cricket.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CambCityCricket
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-City-of-Cambridge-Cricket-Club-375474529584423/

Finally..

All the coaches and management team at CCCC are looking forward to a successful year of cricket, with our focus being very much on having fun and helping the children to enjoy the game. We are looking forward to seeing all the children very soon.

More emails will follow in the coming days and weeks, in preparation for the start of the season. However, in the meantime, if you have any questions then please do get in touch.

With kind regards,
The CCCC Team