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.
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.
The junior section continued to produce an excellent standard of cricket throughout all teams and age levels in 2017 winning a total of 10 trophies and producing a significant number of players in the process, who would go on to represent their county. see junior honours
As a club our continued aim is to develop the children’s cricketing 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.
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!
How would you like to get involved in helping some of the junior cricket teams at Alderley? We need help from enthusiastic parents to help run some of the junior teams, particularly at U9 and U13 level. It’s a lot of fun so don’t be shy! All type of help will be gratefully accepted whether it’s dealing with the match selections, scoring, collecting the match subs or actually umpiring a game. Full training will be given!
Please contact the junior chairman directly if you’d like to get involved.
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.
Nigel has been involved with Alderley Edge junior cricket for the past five years and has managed various teams across the age groups. With so many talented young players at winter nets, it looks promising for another successful U9 season.
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.
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.
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!
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!