NWCU Launch busy youth season
The NWCU have launched a busy youth summer programme including club fixtures, summer camps and development squad programmes.
Youth fixtures at club level are due to start on Monday 20th July with the U11 League and Cup. The U15’s will start the following Tuesday night with the U13’s playing on Thursday night. A full fixture list is available here: Youth fixtures
In addition to the club fixtures, the NWCU will be holding a number of summer camps at U11 and U13 levels, together with a Girls U12 summer programme. Details of these camps will be released next week including registration forms and venues.
The North West Warriors have also planned a busy regional development programme with the U15 and U17 Warriors boys training programmes starting next week with a 3 week training block with the hope of fixtures in August. The U19 Warriors Girls are also due to begin their training next week with sessions at Bready followed by fixtures in August.
David Scanlon, NWCU School & Club Participation Officer, was delighted with such a busy schedule
Back in March, we were in the middle of our schools development work and had a significant schools programme planned for April-June alongside school~club partnership events. Unfortunately those plans had to be put on hold but it’s brilliant we can start again this summer.
Clubs have been back training for the last few weeks and we wanted to let our young players find their feet a little first with the new protocols and environment before starting our own programmes. Starting next week though it will be a busy 7-8 week period with plenty of games, training sessions and camps.
We will also be supporting clubs with guidance on how to run their own summer camps and trying to get as many kids playing cricket again this summer as possible.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the NWCU will not be able to run Smash-It this summer. Launched last year as a pilot programme aimed at Under 9’s it proved highly successful, bringing in lots of new families and kids into clubs and the sport.
Brian Allen, NWCU Club & Partnerships Officer, explained the plans for the programme:
After such a successful launch last year we had planned to roll it out to more clubs this summer. Unfortunately that just isn’t possible now due to the restrictions in place but we will be helping clubs to run their own Under 9’s programmes instead.
We are looking at options of launching it again in the winter months and also developing a new Smash It @ Schools version as well. We are putting a big emphasis on that age group to provide a really good introduction to cricket and boost the numbers joining our clubs.