Dartford Cricket Club’s Junior section is a centre of excellence for boys and girls aged between 6 and 17 who want to learn to play cricket. We are renowned for having a strong junior section and a rich history of placing a firm emphasis on youth development in our senior sides.
Our philosophy is simple – to provide excellence in cricket education, and more importantly, help all juniors have fun and enjoy playing cricket.
We provide cricket for all abilities and seek to identify talented players for progression to our internal Academy and on to District and Kent level. This ensures talented players can accelerate their development within a structured environment. The Junior section also encourages all parents to become involved; parents and families are at the heart of the club.
If you are interested in joining, in the first instance please contact our membership secretary Pat Lippiatt who will arrange an initial assessment with our senior coach.
Excellent coaching and practice facilities are available to our junior members, with summer and winter training sessions led by our team of ECB-qualified coaches. More info about our coaching team can be found here.
All Stars & Dynamos Cricket
In recent years we have also run two, new ECB programmes, All Stars and Dynamos Cricket, which aim to give young children a fun, safe introduction to the sport. These sessions prove to be increasingly popular as the game returns to terrestrial television via The Hundred in recent years.
There is a considerable fixture list for juniors at all age levels with strong competitive junior teams from Under 11 to Under 17.
Selection for teams is dependent on attendance at winter and summer training sessions along with the input and advice of the coaching team/team managers. More information about our team managers can be found here.
Junior cricket philosophy
The key elements of team performance, which form the basis of the Academy philosophy and approach, are:
- Good aggressive running between the wickets
- Every player being able to bowl consistently straight – giving away few wides and no-balls
- Bowling straight to enable an off-side field to be set
- Good tight pressure in the field
- Bowling our overs quickly
These are small pieces of the overall ‘jigsaw’ which is how we want our junior teams to play the game as they grow up. We embed these traits early on so that we will see them become the hallmarks of the Dartford teams of the future.