This year, the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship (SJCC) saw its biggest ever year with over 17,000 young people taking part in around 5,600 matches over the course of the summer.
This year’s Finals Day took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Valley End Cricket Club. Eight games took place with a County Cup and Plate competition in each age group from Under 11 to Under 15.
The SJCC was set up in 2020 by the Surrey Cricket Foundation, as the first ever county-wide competition in the area. The aim was to provide competitive opportunities that were also designed to drive participation. The SJCC replaced the five volunteer-run regional cricket leagues that existed in the county for decades. The new organisation continues the great work of these leagues but creates a new opportunity to enhance and develop the junior game in Surrey.
A single county-wide league delivers consistency of formats, sustainability, economies of scale and enables a dynamic approach to change and the adoption of technology. ECB recommendations regarding shorter pitch lengths and smaller team sizes, that make the games more engaging for young children, were introduced.
The SJCC has seen a significant growth in participation since it started and this year there were 198 different divisions around the county that varied by age from Under 8 to Under 21. The growth has been down to the increased interest in competitive opportunities and the accessibility with a wide range of abilities and aptitude catered for across the SJCC.
Sarah Lynch, SJCC Competition Officer, said “It’s been another fantastic year for the SJCC. To see the growth in the number of teams and young people taking part has been terrific and we’re so grateful to all the players and clubs for their support.
“A crucial part in the success of the competition has been listening to what works for clubs and players and ensuring that we are providing them with opportunities that fit their needs. We’re looking forward to even more young people taking part in the competition in 2023!”
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