2023 Junior Chairman's Letter
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1. 2023 Junior Chairman's Letter

*** 2024 juniors information to be added shortly ***

Welcome to the 2023 Season at RCC.

I’m writing to you as the new Juniors Chairman and I’m incredibly excited about the season ahead. I’ve been part of Richmond CC since my eldest child was 5 year old and have been in love with the club ever since. The Richmond CC community welcomed us with open arms and I’m honoured to now be extending that welcome to you.

We offer an exciting range of juniors cricket from All-Stars for the little ones to top-flight competition in the U17s. Our number one goal is to share our love of cricket, whether its building life-long friendships over a carefree match or striving together with your teammates on the path to a divisional championship.

We measure our success not by trophies but on the strength of our community. The more boys and girls who go on to be part of our adult teams whether on a player or volunteer capacity, the prouder we are.

We formally start the new 2023 season on Sunday 23rd April. If you want a quick guide for the season please go to the “All you need to know” page on our website. Please come along, bring your friends and enjoy the summer at RCC.

In 2021 we consulted with our members and published a new club strategy - see the video presentation here. Through our new club strategy we aim to be the go-to cricket club in London. We will do this by becoming a trusted, successful, inclusive, family oriented cricket club that attracts and welcomes families and players of all genders, ages and abilities. To make this happen we have identified 4 pillars. These emerged through survey feedback from our members and volunteers, and also through extensive interviews with people inside and outside of the club.

The themes are:

  1. Cricket & Coaching- unsurprisingly this is first and foremost. We stand for winning elite cricket alongside participative cricket for all. We aim to provide high quality coaching and player development and a clear pathway from junior to adult cricket
  2. Culture & Social - we are building a One Club culture, are a welcoming, family friendly club and are building a social calendar to appeal to all
  3. Grounds & Facilities - we have excellent playing and training facilities at ODP and Christ's School and we are working to improve the off-field facilities at ODP
  4. Governance - this is not the most exciting to read about, but is essential as we look to steer the club forward. We have slimmed down the club executive committee and are standing up sub-committees which will drive the other 3 themes in our strategy, as well as a Finance. Please get in touch if you want to be part of building the next phase of this great club.

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. We need more help. Whatever your skillset please get in touch.

I am delighted to offer special thanks to our sponsors - Chestertons (our prime sponsor), Dice Communications (sponsor of the men’s coloured clothing) and Slaughter & May (sponsor for women and girls). The contribution that they make to the club is significant and important one, all have been with us through challenging times and look forward to sharing in more of our successes. There are further sponsorship opportunities and we would welcome approaches from anyone interested in associating their company with this great club.

RCC Juniors continues to stand for “cricket for all and for elite player development”. We welcome all-comers at the same time as helping players of all abilities to develop their games. We want to turn up the dial on the buzz that is created at both Old Deer Park (ODP) and the Newman Cricket Ground (NCG) at Christ’s School when they are full of junior players enjoying cricket. We would love to increase the amount of time that families spend at the club: expect announcements soon about a new catering offer; and we would love to see more of you enjoying the cricket in the evenings and at the weekends.

As a result of the success of last year we are investing in our facilities. The most visible example is the new net area at ODP, but we also continue to invest in the playing surfaces at both grounds. We now have a Grounds & Facilities sub-committee and are putting together a multi-year capital plan.

As you all know we are not a profit making organisation but the books need to balance. We must cover our costs, including putting money aside for capital works. An ever growing fixture list and demand for more professional coaching are driving up our costs. Against this backdrop it is essential that our members pay up on time. We believe that we offer excellent value for money - please see the link for our Junior subs policy. As a reminder these subs cover:

  • The lease on Old Deer Park - this has been 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
  • Capital reserve for large scale projects
  • 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 matches - 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. The summer leagues have put additional pressure on this
  • Insurance – which only covers registered and paid up members

Other activities that we run, such as the academy or winter nets, have a separate fee to cover costs.

Holiday Cricket Camps - we do make money on camps and this is all ploughed back into the club. These are great fun so please participate and support your club - see the latest offer here.

As always we are more than happy to agree discounts for those not able to pay, but the club as a whole needs to cover costs – so please respond when Sarah, our memberships secretary, gets in touch.

In summary RCC is a wonderful place to spend 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!

Greg Tijerina
RCC Juniors Chairman