3rd March 2021

2021 Junior season update

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Youngsters,

Just a quick note to let you know that preparations are well underway for the 2021 cricket season. After last years difficulties, we are planning for and expecting a full, exciting and fun season in 2021 !

As you are no doubt aware, outdoor sports activities can resume for sports clubs from the 27th March. Subject of course to the weather and being able to comply with any ECB guidelines we will look to start training as soon as possible after this date - individual team managers will contact parents in due course with their plans.

As normal we will be entering our usual roster of junior teams in the New Forest Junior Cricket League. The season scheduled to start on Friday 30th April (U9s) with U11s & U15s on Sun 2nd May and the U13s on Thurs 7th. The League however has agreed that the start of the season can be delayed by several weeks as a backup if required.

Junior NFJCA Teams Entered 2021

U9s    Manager: Chris Davis (cdavisnz@hotmail.com)    Coach: Graham Doddsworth TBC

U11s  Manager: Kev Glass (glassy2003@hotmail.com)     Coach: Dave Marshall (dave@marshall-family.tv)

U13s Manager & Coach: Dave Marshall (dave@marshall-family.tv)

U15s Manager: Stuart Hudson (shudson@pounce.co.uk) Coach: Graham Doddsworth (TBC)


All Starts & Dynamos 2021

We will again be running this programme and are awaiting details from the ECB. We plan to start this on the 15th June and run this for 8 weeks. In the unlikely event that the ECB do not officially run these programmes this season, we will run a programme ourselves which is what we did before All Starts was created! Will Millard (wtmillard@googlemail.com) will be once again heading up this programme and will separately contact parents of participants as these are held on a separate database.

Older youngsters

For those parents with older children over 15 (as at 31st August 2020 = Yr 11 and over), there should be lots of opportunities this year - in our 4 senior Hampshire League teams, Tony Woodhouse Trophy games, mid-week local friendlies and hopefully also U17 Kerry Cup and ECB T20 competitions.  If they are keen to play, make sure we know! Details of open age training etc TBA.

Professional Coaching

For those who wish to book some additional professional coaching there will be two options for parents here at Sway.

Firstly we have once again secured the services of Steve Bishop to coach at Sway which will obviously be more convenient for parents than having to travel to Bournemouth. Bish is a highly experienced coach and already coaches a number of Sway youngsters who no doubt will be keen to get back out in the nets with him.

Secondly, one of our 1st XI players, Hugo Chandler is also planning to provide coaching sessions at Sway. Hugo is a local lad who has spent two years with Hampshire CCC 1st XI working on technical analysis before being appointed as a sports coach at Millfield School, which of course has a reputation for sporting excellence.

Additional details will be provided in due course.


Members Use of the Nets

We are awaiting guidelines from the ECB with regards to what restrictions, if any, will be required - so we do not know yet whether or not a booking system like the one we had to employ last year will be needed.

Parents emails etc / Membership

After last year's disruption, our records are a little out of date - so please feel free to forward this email to other parents who may not have received it. Ditto if your email has changed etc. If you are one of the parents who did not get this email, please email me so we have you details going forward for when the membership forms are ready go out. A copy of this email will go on our website www.swaycc.co.uk as will the 2021 membership forms when available.


As ever the place to get the most up to date information will be our Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1849203602021366) and also Twitter @swaycc,  our website www.swaycc.co.uk and for open age cricket in particular, our ECB Play-Cricket site https://sway.play-cricket.com/home


If you have any questions about this email, bats & equipment etc, please feel free to mail me - now I have semi-retired I need to keep the mind active. Just don't ask me about the LBW rule!


Best Wishes


Development Manager

Sway CC