Over the past three years, we have been re-building our junior section, and by 2017 we have reached a critical mass with some 50 boys and girls registered with the Club. The Cygnets, as our juniors are known, are now competing in Under 12 hard-ball and Under 10 soft-ball West Sussex Leagues. An Under 8 team will have played in festival tournaments by the end of the 2017 season. In 2018, we plan to be fielding teams in the U13 hard-ball and U10 soft-ball League competitions, with U9's taking part in festival tournaments. To date, we have registered six girls, two of whom are playing in mixed League cricket.
A committee of Cygnets' parents was formed last year as an adjunct to the Club's main committee that serves the senior section of the Club. An increasing number of the parents are actively involved in the coaching and practice sessions for the juniors. Our endeavours and progress with the junior section have been strongly supported by the development officer at Sussex County Cricket Club.
As with many other sports, youth is the future of our Club. We are therefore planning to secure and maintain the Club's future with the installation of an all-purpose outdoor Net that can benefit the development of our expanding Cygnets section. We are fortunate in having a Leisure Centre adjacent to the Cricket Pavilion where indoor coaching and training takes place out of season. But, our outdoor net facilities are very basic and, by today's standards, somewhat unsafe, and we are therefore planning to replace these out of date facilities.
For a number of years we have had close links with Storrington Primary School that is just a few hundred yards distance from our cricket ground. The school does not have a cricket net facility. It is our intention to promote to the school the English Cricket Board's latest initiative for introducing cricket to young children in the 5 to 8 age group - being called "All Stars" - as an extension of the established Chance to Shine programme. Our planned new Net would be made available for the school to use.
In 2016, we decided to investigate the feasibility of installing a fully enclosed 2 Lane outdoor Practice Net that is 7 metres wide and 30 metres long. The Net we have chosen is approved by the English Cricket Board. Our selected installer are leaders in bespoke manufacturing of sports "systems" that meet our needs.
Last year our project was approved by the Club’s Landlord, Storrington & Sullington Parish Council, and this year planning permission was obtained from Horsham District Council in January, thus enabling us to concentrate on fund raising.
- SASSY Scheme - Parish Council
- Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough
- Storrington Cricket Club
- Tesco Plc
- Horsham District Council
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more