Chingford Cricket Club - Colts/Safeguarding

Colts and Safeguarding

Chingford CC has a Colts section, first established in 1954. Membership is open to all local boys and girls.

Many of our current players are former Colts and have played all their cricketing careers at Chingford. The 2014 1st XI Shepherd Neame Essex Premier League winning squad contained 9 former Chingford Colts and current England Lions and Essex Cricketer Dan Lawrence is a former Chingford Colt.

Colts Membership

The Colts Secretary and Club Welfare Officer is Mark Campbell


Mark Campbell Member profile

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f you would like to join Chingford Colts, parents can contact Mark on 07958 021005 or alternatively email chingfordcccolts@gmail.com

For information about membership subscriptions and match fees, please see the Become a Member Page

Teams

·         We run All Stars fun introductory sessions for boys and girls aged 5 to 8. To pre-register your boy or girl for the 2020 sessions keep an eye on the hyperlink below

https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/At/chingford 

·         We intend to field sides at Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 19 age groups
·         We field junior sides in the local Winter Indoor Leagues

Indoor Nets

As members of the Club, Colts get the opportunity under supervision of our qualified coaches to practice in our Indoor nets and when the weather is warmer and drier outdoors. There are specific nights for Colts practice, depending on the age of the Colt. Older Colts can also take part in adult practice sessions if they wish.

Cricket Taster Sessions

Chingford CC also run Cricket Taster Sessions for boys and girls to give them an introduction to the game and allow them to see the Club and its excellent facilities. Below are some photographs of the February 2019 event.




Chingford Cricket Club – Safeguarding Policy Statement

Chingford Cricket Club is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e all persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.

We will do this by:

•Recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment

•Ensuring individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children

•Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of this

•Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB

•Ensuring all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) have a responsibility for safeguarding children, and understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them

•Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation

•Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines defined by the ECB and the club

•Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available in the club fixture card on and a display board in the Clubhouse:

-As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club

-As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members

-As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Safeguarding Team, and

-As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding

-Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.

•Providing an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer*-As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club

-As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members

-As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Safeguarding Team, and

-As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding

-Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns.

•Providing an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer *

(*Details of the County Welfare Officer will be made available on the Club notice board, in case the Club Welfare Officer is unavailable, or the concern relates to the Club Welfare Officer.)

•Ensuring all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately

•Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know in order to safeguard children – including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures

Adopted July 2017

Colts Section Rules

As a member of Chingford Cricket Club Colts you are expected to abide by the following rules:

1.    All members must play within the laws/playing conditions and respect officials and their decisions

2.    All members must respect opponents

3.    All members must respect their team mates. Verbal abuse, taunting or any other form of bullying or violence is not acceptable

4.    Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late

5.    Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions. For matches this includes white shirts and long white trousers aswell as full protective equipment. The Club will ensure an adequate supply of helmets, gloves, pads and thigh pads. Members should provide their own abdominal protector (box)

6.    Members must pay any fees for training or events on time.

7.    Colt and Junior members are not allowed to smoke on Club premises or whilst representing the Club

8.    Colt and Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on Club premises or whilst representing the Club

Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers

1.    Encourage your child to learn the laws/playing conditions and play within them

2.    Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials

3.    Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results

4.    Never force your child to take part in sport

5.    Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all

6.    Publicly accept officials’ judgement

7.    Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport

8.    Use correct and proper language at all times

ECB Guidelines for Junior Players in Open Age Group Cricket

Colts are encouraged to make themselves available to play for the Senior teams. However there are guidelines issued by the ECB that we must observe as detailed below:

The ECB has issued guidance covering the selection and participation of young players in open age group cricket. This is to help clubs decide when to select young players in open age group cricket and how best to help their cricketing development when they play within open age groups. The guidance applies to boys and girls. The ECB keeps these guidelines under review and, following feedback from clubs and leagues, has revised these guidelines for the 2014 season. The ECB will continue to monitor the impact of these guidelines and you are invited to feedback your thoughts and comments in writing to the ECB Non-First Class Cricket Department.

The guidance is as follows:

General

  • Making the step up from junior to open age group cricket is a significant event in any player’s cricket experience. Ensure the player’s safety, personal development needs and overall cricket experience are considered
  • Clubs, squad coaches and managers must take into account the requirements on age detailed in this guidance.
  • Each case is to be determined on an individual basis, depending on the player’s ability and stage of cognitive and emotional maturity to take part at this level – however, the minimum age guidance provided below must be adhered to.
  • Juniors should be involved in all aspects of the game wherever possible i.e. socialising, team talks, practice, decision making and so on, so they feel part of the team.
  • Children will often feel more comfortable and able to perform if they have a family member or friend also playing in the side
  • Remember, children’s early experiences will remain with them always and will often determine whether they want to remain playing the game or give up and do something else
  • Provide an opportunity for players to show their talents in an appropriate way. Children who are just used as fielders will not fully experience the game
  • Be supportive, at all times, for all forms of effort even when children are not successful. Try and put them in situations where they will experience some success (however small) and ensure plenty of praise and encouragement
  • The captain should inform the Umpires of under 18s in the side.

Restrictions

ECB Helmets, Fast Bowling Directives and Fielding Regulations should always be adhered to for junior players in Open age group cricket.

Minimum age

Players who are selected in a County U12 squad in spring for a summer squad or in another squad deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above ‘district level’ for that season are eligible to play Open age cricket.

This is providing they are at least 11 years old, are in School Year 7 on 1st September in the year preceding the season, and have written parental consent to play. In allowing these players to play in open age cricket it is essential clubs and coaches recognise the ‘duty of care’ obligations they have towards these young players

This means boys and girls who are county squad and area squad players, are able to play open age group cricket if they are in an U12 age group and are a minimum of 11 years old on 1st September of the year preceding the season.

District and club players who are not in a county or area squad must wait until they reach the U13 age group, be in Year 8 and be 12 years old on 1st September of the preceding year before being able to play in any open age group cricket. As before written parental consent is required for these players.

The duty of care should be interpreted in two ways:

• Not to place a young player in a position that involves an unreasonable risk to that young player, taking account of the circumstances of the match and the relative skills of the player

• Not to create a situation that places members of the opposing side in a position whereby they cannot play cricket as they would normally do against adult players

In addition, the guidelines note the need for clubs and leagues to recognise the positive experience young players should have in open age cricket. Clubs should provide an opportunity for players to show their talents in an appropriate way.