It seems a pity with the weather as it is and the Ashes in full swing but tonight is the last official Junior Coaching session of the Summer for the U9s, U11s, U13s and Girls.
We normally finish round about when the schools finish (for most that’s next Wednesday July 24th) as numbers generally tail off as people go off on family holidays. Also, by then, the coaches have been in action every Friday since mid-April (and some longer than that with the winter sessions and pre-season nets) so many of us are in need of a break as well.
After that age group coaches are free to organise their own sessions at times which suit them. Guy, for example, will be running some sessions for the U9s, especially those who haven’t had an opportunity to play in teams and George Bunn may well run some Saturday morning sessions for the U11s as part of his Level 2 Coaching qualification. You will be notified by email of any of these sessions.
There will also be a full programme of fixtures, mainly in the South Norfolk Community League, right up to September while the U13s are still involved in the later stages of the Alliance competition.
Don’t forget Friday 6th/Saturday 7th September the dates of our Junior Festival. The U9s is normally on a Friday evening and U11/U13 Saturday morning and U15/U17 Saturday afternoon. The Festival is open to any of our youngsters. Teams are organised to play against each other in a six or seven-a-side format. It is usually great fun. I will send out details nearer the time.
Some Winter sessions for the various age groups will commence in October at Wymondham College. Again you will be notified individually if your son/daughter is invited to these.
We’ve been lucky with the weather this year and, so far, have managed to hold 12 of the 14 scheduled sessions which I hope you feel represents good value for the £25 coaching fee. A big thanks to all our club coaches and assistants who, in common with everyone else at the club, give their services free. Thanks also to Mike & Grenville who maintain the ground, Steve & Jill who collect the subs, John and Neal who man the bar, Maria, Sam and helpers who run the barbecue and Celia who looks after our welfare and has managed to make the 100 Club a 104 Club! It’s a real team effort. Thanks also to our specialist wicket-keeping coach, Peter Hunt.
Please note that senior practice sessions and U15 coaching on Tuesday evenings will continue until the end of the season.