Q. I play football I have no time to play cricket!
A. The system is very flexible and we can accommodate any other commitments people have. We believe children should experience lots of different sports and interests. For example in the football season we support players' attendance at their training even if they reach our representative teams. A number of young people only commit to summer cricket or just play for clubs. Just talk to us and we can get you involved in a way that suits you.
Q. When can my child start?
A. We have courses for children aged from 5 years old up until the age of 18. We have pathways into all of the cricket clubs in the local area for older children, and we encourage players to look for clubs from around the age of 12.
Q. What should I bring with me?
A. You should bring a drink with you and wear appropriate sports clothing. We provide all cricket equipment, although if you have your own feel free to bring it along.
If you are attending one of our all day courses, you will also need to bring a packed lunch and enough drinks to last throughout the day. Children are not allowed to leave the site to purchase any food or drink, so please make sure that they have enough with them. During the summer it is also a good idea to bring a hat and sunscreen.
Q. My 12 year old has never played cricket before but would like to try it. Are you courses appropriate for beginners?
A. Our courses provide for all abilities, there is no assumption of previous cricket experience at any age group. Only players who are comfortable/confident enough to play with a hard ball, and have been identified by our coaches as being ready, will train/play at this more advanced level. Our number one priority is the safety of all the children, and as such no player will be put into hard ball cricket before they are ready.
Q. Which cricket club is best for us to join?
A. This depends on where you live. There are four main clubs in the Bexley area, these are: Bexley Cricket Club, Sidcup Cricket Club, Dartfordians Cricket Club and Bexleyheath Cricket Club. All four run junior/colts sections. Currently Bexley CC is the only club with a girls section. For more information about the four clubs, please see the Clubs section under Play.
Q. Can I pay by card?
A. Yes, we have debit/credit card facilities.
Q. My child is looking to be included in district/county squads. Do you offer appropriate support for this?
A. Bexley District Cricket offer lots of opportunities to play representative cricket. From the ages of 10-14 we have the Bashers squads who have their own training times outside of our courses and play matches against other regional teams throughout the summer. There is also an Under 12 girls only Bashers squad. For older players, there is also the Bexley Academy side, which runs parallel to the Bashers squads and in recent years has received coaching from some of the best players and coaches in the county, including Min Patel, Adam Riley and Darren Stevens. The Bashers squads are exclusively for invited players.
We also offer 1-1 coaching sessions in the winter and summer, these have proved to be excellent preparation for those players who are looking to be selected for county/national squads.
Q. Do I need to stay with my child/ren for the training session?
A. There is no obligation for parents/carers to stay with the children if you are happy to leave them. Having said this, adults are more than welcome to stay and watch at all of our courses. We take all the necessary contact details in case of an emergency, and our coaches are all fully qualified first-aiders as well as holding up-to-date DBS checks and safeguarding qualifications.
Although we ask about any medical conditions for all of our players when you register on our courses, it is particularly important that you inform us of any medical concerns if you plan to leave, such as the location of asthma pumps etc.