Easter Holiday Cricket and Multi-Sport Courses for Boys and Girls aged 4 to 11

(A) Monday 30 March to Thursday 2 April 2015
(B) Tuesday 7 April to Friday 10 April 2015
(C) Monday 13 April to Friday 17 April 2015

Courses (A) and (B) will be held at John Roan Playing Fields

Course (C) will be held at Shooters Hill CC

Venue Details:
· John Roan School Sports Field; Kidbrooke Park Road, London SE3 9NF
· Shooters Hill CC, 123/125 Mayday Gardens, Kidbrooke, London SE3 8NP

These courses are primarily aimed at a primary school audience (Year 6 2013-14 school year and below); however, they are also suitable for beginners in Years 7 and 8. The courses are available to all children – you do not have to be a Greenwich resident.

On Thursday 16 April, we will be joined by a French group for an introduction to cricket. Because of this, we have decided to add a third week, although we recognise that state school students will have returned to school. For those who can attend, please make every effort to come along on the Thursday to welcome our French guests.

Special Note for U10 District Players: those players who have been selected for and invited to the U10 District Practices
These will take place in the 4 days following Easter (Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 April)
at Shooters Hill.
Those who would like to combine the U10 District Training with the Holiday Course can do so for the price of the Holiday Course, and we will provide transport back to Roan CC in the middle of the day.

Download Order Form Here (Word)

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Each week also contains a half-day module for children aged 7 and below (Year 2 and below). Some 6 and 7 year-olds may be accepted on the full-day course at the discretion of the coaches.

Course A and B only: Pre- and post-course care is available if (and only if) pre-booked, from 8am until 6pm, according to demand (normally a minimum of 2 on any day).

Course C will not include tennis.

All courses are held OUTDOORS so please bring appropriate clothing

Courses are in three segments:

  1. Half–day (for 4 to 7 year-olds): 9.30am to 12.30am (Price Band A)
  2. Full-day (for 7 years and above): 9.30am to 3.30pm (Price Band B)
  3. Pre- and Post-Care Options: 8am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6pm (Price Band C) – PRE-BOOKED ONLY
    Day care is only available in the morning for half-day attendees, who must still be collected at 12.30pm.
    All day care must be booked in advance when pre-booking.
MULTI-SPORTS: Attendees may choose from a cricket-only or multi-sports option. The multi-sports option will comprise cricket, football and tennis modules. NOTE: Multi-sports or cricket-only elements are dependent on numbers and overall preference and may vary from day to day, or week to week. All activities are designed to develop the overall sporting prowess of attendees.

Wet weather arrangements: We make every effort not to cancel a day in the event of inclement weather, coaches may vary the programme. On very wet days, football training or indoor activities may be offered as an alternative to cricket, or occasionally cancelled altogether;  attendees may then attend on an alternative day or course instead. On such daysthose who have booked in advance will be sent as early as possible a text message (SMS) to the mobile number(s) provided on the application form.

Price Bands:

A (4-7 year olds half day):               Full Price: £20 per day if not pre-booked
Pre-booking discounted prices:        £12 per day, £45 for 4 days, £50 for 5 days

B: (7-13 year olds full day):             Full Price: £30 per day if not pre-booked
Pre-booking discounted prices:        £22.50 per day, £75 for 4 days, £90 for 5 days.

C: (Pre- and post-care):                   add £20 per day or £70 per week,
only available if pre-booked
not available for Course C

Pre-booking is appreciated as it helps us plan the number of coaching staff we require on each day. To qualify for pre-booking rates, application forms and payments must reach us by First Post the preceding Friday (Thursday in the event of Good Friday). Otherwise full price will be charged on the day, and no discounts will be allowed.

Concessionary prices are available for hardship cases and larger families, provided booking is in advance. Please contact us for details.

You may book any combination of weeks or individual days, and relevant discounts apply.

Siblings: we offer a 20% discount for siblings, on the pre-booked prices only

Payment Options: we accept advance payments online, or posted by cheque. One-the-day payments (charged at the full daily rate) are accepted by cheque or in cash. We do not accept credit card payments. We do not accept Childcare Vouchers.

Please make cheques payable to DDG (or Greenwich District Development Group).

For those wishing to pay online, the details are as follows:
Account: Greenwich District Development Group
Sort Code: 20-98-57
Account Number: 60100048

Please ensure that your payment is clearly identified

(It will save time, even if paying on the day, to complete the form in advance)

Please note that returning the form guarantees acceptance on the course and we will not routinely send out an acknowledgement. We will contact you if there are any problems.

Please contact me (email preferred!) for any further information, or if you have difficulty downloading the form.

Andy Pye, Treasurer, DDG, PO Box 376, Blackheath, London SE3 8BE
Tel: 07808 137 312        Email: andy@andypye.com

Clarification of position for all-day courses for 6 and 7 year olds

We have had several enquiries regarding acceptance of children aged 6 and 7 onto our all-day courses.

The position is as follows: we are bound by Ofsted rules. In particular we cannot accept children under 5 for more than four hours per day.

Acceptance of children aged between 5 and 8 on all-day courses is at the discretion of the coaches. The safety of the kids is always our main priority.
We will normally accept 7 year olds on full-day courses, but it is subject to them being sufficiently robust and attentive not to present a hazard to.themselves or to other members of the group. We would take the same view with a 6 year old, but obviously the chance of us having to press the “recall button” would be higher – hence we do not advertise the all-day courses for this age group. This might depend on external factors, such as how many in the age group we had for a particular course, or even the external weather conditions.
So do register 6 and 7 year-olds for all-day courses, but be aware that there is a chance that we may have to cancel the booking, or only accept the child for the morning session.,You should be prepared to make alternative arrangements at short notice should things not work out as you and we hope.

No children aged 5 or under are permitted to attend for more than four hours per day.

Greenwich Junior Cricket Academy (boys aged 4 to 13, girls aged 4 to 15)

What does “U11” mean?

A number of you have got in touch querying what is meant by U11 (or U8 or U13, etc).

When we refer to an U11, we mean someone whose eleventh birthday was/is on or after 1 September of the current school year.

So anyone whose eleventh birthday is after 31 August 2013 is an U11, even if their actual calendar age is 11.

In cricket, because the cricket season is towards the end of the school year, it means that most U11s are actually already 11 – and that is what causes the confusion.

So an U11 is anyone whose eleventh birthday falls between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

Normally, this means people in School Year 6 (as long as they are not studying above or below their normal school year group)

Similarly an U10 would be a Year 5 (tenth birthday falls between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

and so on

Where can I find the fixtures?

For those who are likely to be playing in the U11A, U11B, U11C, U13A, U13B, and U13C teams, you can go to our Play-Cricket site and find the fixture dates.

(1) Go to http://www.gjca.play-cricket.com
(2) Select Matches->Fixtures
(3) Set Time/Date, and Team (eg 2014 Season, U13A)
(4) Apply Filters

You should get a print-out of the fixtures.

Some players may end up playing in more than one team during the season, so if you are interested in seeing all the fixtures, then I have downloaded my Excel (xlsx format) spreadsheet here. The ones in BLUE haven’t been arranged yet. It also doesn’t include Girls’ Games, which are arranged separately.

This web site is also where you can go to look at Results and Personal Statistics, and we also use this site to manage Player Registrations with the North Kent Junior League. Once matches are underway, you can also see the live tables.

The web site is a bit of a building site at present, because the ECB has launched a new version of Play Cricket over the winter, but the underlying statistical system is very good.

We’ll tidy it up as time permits, but as always, any offers of volunteer help on this would be very welcome.


  • U11 – Graeme Moir 07759 357600
  • U13 – Len Sales 07814 004396
  • General Admin – Andy Pye andy@andypye.com
  • Girls – Elvira (07598 128262) and Peter 07835 093250) Bagge
  • Welfare – Graeme Moir (as above) and Jo Pye (020 8856 2986)

Greenwich Girls Winter Training

Winter cricket training is starting on Tuesday 5th November at Thomas Tallis.  It starts at 6.15pm until 7.15pm.  Please do not turn up before 6pm as the gates will not be open until 6pm.
The cost for 6 sessions is £25, or £5 per session.
We would have liked to have it on a Wednesday (like the summer session), but the Tuesday evening slot was the only time available.
For more information, or to book your place, contact Elvira Bagge at: elvira.bagge@gmail.com

Greenwich Cricket clubs’ training 2013

Greenwich Junior Cricket Academy

Summer training for 5-11 year olds is currently running at Blackheath Prep school, with Sunday morning training at Eltham Park South on Sundays from 9.30-11.30.

The GJCA girls team trains also trains at Blackheath Prep School every Wednesday.

For more information, contact Andy Pye on 07808 137312 or email him at andy@andypye.com

Blackheath Cricket Club – Charlton Road; Blackheath SE3 8SR

Blackheath’s summer training is on Monday evenings for school years 2-6.

Training for school years 7-11 runs every Thursday.

For more information, contact Chris Swadkin on 07746 959192 or email him at csenergy@aol.com

Shootershillians Cricket Club – Mayday Gardens off Broad Walk SE3 8NP

Shootershillians train on Tuesday evenings.

For more information, contact Mick O’Callaghan on 07761 833701 or email him at mickeyocall9@gmail.com