2018 was a glorious summer for cricket and a remarkable year for RCC Juniors with possibly the greatest success that we have ever had. As is right I start with a “thank you”. RCC is an amateur sports club and is wholly dependent on volunteers. We are all incredibly fortunate to have so many people who dedicate time and passion to help the club thrive. If you are a Welfare Officer, Age Group Manager, Kit Supremo, Grounds and Facilities miracle worker, mid-week scorer or umpire, or Sunday morning cat herder (and all those other roles that I have missed) I offer you my warmest thanks. You are Richmond Cricket Club.
I offer special thanks to our sponsors - Chestertons. The financial contribution that they make to the club is a significant and important one, but our estate agent friends go well beyond that. They are regular hosts at club events and enthusiastic supporters of RCC Juniors. We wear our purple coaches tops with pride!
RCC Juniors stands for “cricket for all and for elite player development” and it is a constant struggle to manage this balance effectively. Turn up on a Sunday morning or a Friday evening and you will see that there is always a happy buzz about both Old Deer Park (ODP) and the Newman Cricket Ground (NCG) at Christ’s School. And if you take a look at the league and cup results from last year you will see that we have some very talented cricketers too! The girls age groups continue to grow and are thriving and under the leadership from Chris and the team - this is set to continue. There is no doubt that we are delivering on cricket for all.
Please do remember that our volunteers are trained to deliver a fun cricket experience - they do not provide parental supervision. Parents are expected to stay at the ground. If you are at ODP please take advantage of the catering facilities.
We are well represented (boys and girls) on the Middlesex and Surrey County pathways and that is a testament to the talent of the players and of the high quality cadre of coaches who are now part of RCC. This team, under the oversight of Director of Cricket (DoC) Adam London, are highly qualified and experienced and mean that RCC is becoming a destination for ambitious young cricketers. If your child is interested in elite player development please contact Adam.
The club had an unprecedented year of success in 2018 and the juniors more than matched the stunning efforts of the 1st XI. Here are some of the details:
- U10 Boys won MCA South Div 1; won Gubby Allen South Area
- The U11 Boys tied 1st on points in MCA South Div 1; won the county title in the most remarkable finish those present had ever seen
- U12 Boys won MCA South Div1 and MCA South Div 2; made it to Middlesex League Knock-Out finals day
- U13 Boys won MSL Div1 and MSL Div 2
- U13 Girls won MCA West and made it to Middlesex League Knock-Out finals day
- The U14 boys won everything that they entered: MCA South Div 1; MCA South Div 2; MCA Cup Shared between A and B; Middlesex county champions; MSL Div 1; MSL Div 2; MSL Cup;
- U15 Boys won the MCA County Cup and made it to National Cup Area finals day
- U17 Boys won the MCA South Div 1; Won MCA Cup
…with more to follow
Finally ……. we are not a profit making organisation but the books need to balance. We must cover our costs and we made the difficult decision to increase our subs by £10. We believe that we offer excellent value for money and from this season all parents will be issued with an Old Deer Park discount card that provides 10% off in the club house. As a reminder these subs cover:
- The lease on Old Deer Park - this is subject to an increase from a peppercorn rent to a full commercial one. We are actively pursuing revenue generating opportunities to insulate the members from the bulk of this increase.
- Ground maintenance for ODP and NCG including nets, pitches and scoreboards
- Coaching - professional coaching from Adam London (Director of Cricket) and his team and the cost of ECB training for our volunteers
- Equipment for training - and you would not believe how many balls “disappear” from the club
- Ground hire - as the number of teams expand we need to hire more grounds to run concurrent matches. We are considering introducing a small match fee to help cover these costs.
Other activities that we run, such as the academy or winter nets, have a separate fee to cover costs.
Camps - we do make some money on camps and this is all ploughed back into the club. These are great fun so please participate and support your club.
As with previous years we are more than happy to agree discounts for those not able to pay, but the club as a whole needs to cover costs
In summary RCC is a wonderful place to spend some of your time in the summer months. Please continue to participate, understand when club officials chase you for subs, and help us to build the sense of community at this special club.
Bring on the cricket.
RCC Colts Chairman