We are privileged to play on one of the most attractive grounds in England, against the unique background of ‘The Edge’; famous for legends of Wizards and Knights. We are a founder member of the Chapel Press Cheshire County Cricket League, the top league in the Cheshire Pyramid which ultimately feeds First Class Counties and Academies.
The 2017 summer provides our Juniors with an exciting chance to perform at the various levels of cricket provided by the club and the coaches during each week and of course during the 160+ games already scheduled.
It has been a great privilege to Captain Alderley Edge and now to be Chairman of a club with a clear policy on preparing young cricketers to become better players through structured coaching and a volunteering network of helpers. The club’s Junior honours board is second to none for County wide competitions and cups and onward to national play-offs representing both the club and County. We have many successful Junior County Cricketers with some selected to represent the region in the prestigious Bunbury Festival and further still moving into the first class County ranks through a successful feeder system into Lancashire Cricket.
Nigel Woolf as Junior Chairman has a fantastic resource and Management team and we are extremely lucky to have a club coach in Mark Currie who has overseen such success in the past 10 years or so. Mark will now be joined with his Lancashire colleague Tom Smith and between these two well respected and talented coaches we will be looking to provide further coaching initiatives as well as utilising the club’s new three lane net facility and grounds to continue with the tradition and ethos of the club.
Let the Sun Shine.
Welcome to the 2017 cricket season at Alderley Edge which promises to be another fantastic season for the junior cricket section.
There’s an awful lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the children can enjoy their cricket and you will notice a lot of changes this year. The new “extended” nets are now fully open which provides a great training facility for junior players of all ages.
We’re also well under way with plans to implement the Alderley Edge Junior Cricket Academy. This will provide children of all levels, ages and backgrounds (not just from AECC) an opportunity to develop their cricket. (see The Future)
To provide a training facility of this nature will require significant funding and to launch the initiative I’m delighted to report that Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff has kindly offered not only to organise but to host an “Ashes Legends” Twenty20 cricket day at the club in aid of Prostate Cancer and the junior cricket section. It will be a huge event and Freddie’s international side will compete against a select Alderley XI. The game will be held on July 13 2017 and over three thousand people are expected on the day so it is advisable to get your tickets early (see www.freddiesashes2020.co.uk for corporate hospitality and ticket details)
As you can see from the honours list the Alderley Edge Junior section has an exceptional track record in producing winning teams at every age group.
As a club our aim is to develop the children’s skills at every level and to produce capable “sporting” players. Whilst every team plays to win, it is an equally important in the child’s development that they understand that sport, just as in life, isn’t a “success only” journey and they will need to learn to handle challenges, loss and adversity with dignity and resolve. This is such an important part of our development program. Arguably we learn more from our losses than our victories and no lesson is ever wasted unless we fail to learn from it.
Grantland Rice, an early 20th-century American sportswriter once wrote:
“For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks-not that you won or lost- But how you played the game.”
Undoubtedly, “sportsmanship” is the ingredient which separates a “great team” from a “good team” and as part of the junior development program, we will coach the children not just it terms of the game of cricket but also in their conduct, etiquette and sportsmanship. They will learn to be magnanimous in victory and be gracious and dignified in defeat. (see code of conduct)
Finally, on behalf of the all parents and players, I’d like to convey our deep thanks and gratitude to all the volunteers, managers, organisers and club secretaries to name a few, who work tirelessly and give up a disproportionate amount of their spare time to make sure the junior cricket is a success at Alderley Edge.
Best wishes to all our players and teams for a sunny and successful season!
Our aim is to provide an environment where children can develop their cricketing skills at whatever level that might be and that they ultimately gain enjoyment from the game of cricket.
The managers are volunteers who do a great job and all of whom give up their valuable spare time to manage and coach cricket to your children. So please bear that in mind if you wish to discuss anything with them.
I’ve played and been involved in cricket for more years than I’m prepared to admit to. A promising professional career was cut short when I fell foul of other social attractions (and academic studies), but since that time I have continued to play and work with junior cricketers.
David “DJ” Johnson looks after the Under 11 Wizards. DJ has managed the junior cricket side for the last three years and is also the club’s child welfare officer. He has played cricket for over 30 years and is a regular player in the Alderley second XI.
Richard played 1st team cricket in the Liverpool Competition for Hightown CC in his teenage years. However hockey has been his main sport since and he is currently Chairman of Alderley Edge Men's Section.
David has worked with and supported the junior section for over three years and can usually be found at any game sat at the scorer’s desk. He’ll also ask you for match fees!
"U13 manager. Level 2 coach. Still playing the game.....albeit increasingly badly and conscious that my kit is older than the children I'm coaching."
John is the “organisation” part of the U13 management team and arranging thirty odd fixtures across three leagues for forty plus boys is no mean feat!
Andy has been involved with junior cricket for a number of years and has co-managed the U11 (now U13) side for the last two.
Tony doubles up as a rugby coach in the “non-cricket” season. This is Tony’s first outing as the U14/5 manager and we wish him every success. We’re expecting great things!