The St Peter's Cricket Club Colts section was reformed in 1992, and grown to such a size that we now boast one of, if not the largest colts sections in the county. Here you will find details of who to contact if your child wants to join the club, when training is and important dates for your diary.
St Peter's Cricket Club Colts is one of the biggest and most successful in the county. With 13 boys teams (2xU9s, 2xU10s, 2xU11s, 1xU12s, 2xU13, 2xU14, 1xU15, 1xU16s) and 3 girls teams in 2016 (1xU13s, 2xU15s) there are plenty of match opportunities for the over 160 junior members of the club.
The colts year starts in January with the hugely successful indoor training programme. This runs for 10 consecutive weeks in various locations across the city (Dorothy Stringer, BACA, and the Sussex County Ground) and ensure that all its junior members are prepared for the season ahead. After the Easter break outdoor training commences at either Preston Park or Patcham Place and carries on throughout the summer.
Matches are played either at our historic home at Preston Park or at Patcham Place. The season runs from mid April through to the end of the Sussex Junior Cricket Festival in August.
The Club currently has 11 ECB Level 2 coaches and each year we fund more managers of colts teams through the ECB Level 2 process (another 3 in 2016). St Peter's Cricket Club is an ECB "Clubmark" accredited club, which means we meet the standards defined by the English Cricket Board as to how a club should be run.
With an A and B teams in most age groups this give our colts an opportunity to play at a level of competitiveness that is suitable for their level of cricketing skills. The club prides itself on developing all young cricketers regardless of experience or ability. The club also provides a place for extremely talented players with 11 young players selected for Sussex County or Area squads in 2016.
Our aim is to provide a natural route from playing junior cricket into adult cricket and its 4th XI and 5th XI teams are a mix of both adult and junior members (although there are 6 or 7 Under 16s who will feature in the 1st , 2nd and 3rd XI teams this summer too). Juniors can play adult cricket at the age of 13 and the club strongly encourages the juniors to make that step up as soon as they feel comfortable to do so.
2015 was a successful year for the club with a win for the Under 16s in the Sussex Junior Cricket Festival. The Under 9s, 11s, 12s, 13s and 15s were all runners up in their respective leagues...which hopefully will be a good launching pad for those teams to go one step further in 2016. Those parents wishing to get their child involved in junior cricket should get in touch with Colts Cricket Coordinator Martyn Evans, who will provide information of how you can get involved.
Colts winter nets get underway at the end of January this year.
U11-U16 (boy squads) and U15 (girls) begin their training on the 22nd January at BACA.
U9-U10 (boys) along with our new U11 (girls) team start their training on the 29th January at Dorothy Stringer.
Please contact Colts Coordinator Martyn Evans for more information.
Times / days and venue of Summer training will be released nearer the time.
The Sussex Junior Cricket Festival is the highlight and focus of the club junior season in Sussex, with many cricketing families arranging their holidays so that players are available. This is cricket for a purpose with time for players to pace an innings, shine with the ball and spend time in the field. There is reward and respect in the craft of a well fought draw, playing for points with only the finals being decided on limited overs. It is the game that juniors will come to experience and enjoy in their adult club years. By tradition, the U-16 final is played at the prestigious Arundel Castle for the Royal Sussex Regiment Cup, the pinnacle for a SJCF player.
St Peter's Cricket Club have enjoyed success in recent times in the festival. The Under 12s side winning the Bowl competition in 2014 and the Under 16s winning the Shield competition in the summer of 2015.
One of the key dates for your diary is the St Peters Tournament day - which all adult, juniors and parents are invited to. This year it is on Sunday 30th April. This will be its 5th year and has been a massive success in previous years - with over 120 players from all across the club playing.
Teams are made up of 10 players - an Under 8/9, Under 10, Under 11, Under 12, Under 13, Under 14/15/16, Ladies/Girls Player, Parent, 4th XI/3rd XI Player and 1st/2nd Team player ...playing 10 over incrediball games where everybody has to bowl and bat - and you bowl and bat against the age/team equivalent players in the opposition.
It has been a fantastic way of getting the club together at the start of the season, meeting new people and it raises a great deal of money for the club.
We want people to arrive for 11:00 sharp with a 11.30 start. It will go on all afternoon with a final about 6.30 start. The cost is £5 for a junior and £8 for an adult.....there will be at least 3x10 over games....and 5 games if you make it to the final.
There will be a BBQ and open bar running all day. I need to organise teams before the day so can you come back to me if your boy, or you, or a brother/sister wishes to play (it is all fun stuff so level of cricket ability of mums / dads / siblings is not important).