Dear <<First Name>>
Two years ago, I set up what has now become the Surrey Slam Schools programme, partnering with the brilliant Surrey Slam which has brought many players back to cricket after a number of years and helped juniors make the transition to senior cricket.
Over my 15 years of coaching junior cricket in the county, I have had the pleasure of working with many clubs and visiting 100s of schools.
What I have learnt from this time is that state school cricket is still a long way behind where it could and should be and state school cricketers as a consequence are generally much less experienced than those fortunate to be privately educated.
With all the school matches, training over the summer and winter months, we reckon the difference amounts to around 100 hours a year in additional training. It's little wonder those children often dominate teams and matches.
The Surrey Slam Schools programme was set up to close that gap.
In 2019-20, we will be running 12 Borough squads of up to 20 players in each. The children in those squads will receive 17 hours of training across the off season and then play in Sunday afternoon matches after SATs against other boroughs next summer.
This year's competition is two rounds in and you can see all the details online.
We are in the process of recruiting players for 2019-20, with training starting in the first full week back in the autumn term.
You can find all the details on the venues and times here.
I am sure most of you will have players in your under 9s, 10s and 11s this year who are at state school and who would benefit from some additional coaching over the winter and some more matches in the summer. The matches are hard ball Twenty20 "out when you're out" cricket.
It would be great if you could pass on details to those players in your club so they can benefit from the programme. There is a cost, but it's run not for profit and as cheaply as we can. We have to pay venues and coaches and there is also a personalised coloured Twenty20 team shirt for every player.
Parents can sign players up online. There is also a flyer below if you would like to use that to pass on.
I hope you can help. If the last two years are anything to go by, this programme has not only improved players for them and their clubs, the talent ID sessions have also introduced many players to cricket clubs for the first time.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
FRIENDLY/TOURING TEAM REQUESTS & FESTIVALS
Valley End U11 girls softball team looking for friendlies please contact Caroline Hayes
email - firstname.lastname@example.org mobile 07818 065071
Chiddingfold U12/U13s are looking for friendlies. Please contact Steven Benbough email@example.com.
Valley End U9s are looking for fixtures. Please contact David Mills firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effingham U9s are looking for friendlies for their newly formed team. Please contact Andrew Ingham email@example.com.
Albury U11s (have a number of gaps in their fixture list in July and are looking for friendlies. Available Dates: - Sunday 7th July (away), Sunday 14th July 10am (Albury can host), Sunday 21st July (away). Please contact Mike Webb firstname.lastname@example.org 07799 252529
Claygate CC have a first year under 10/11 girls team looking for friendlies against similar level girls teams and can host on some Friday nights/Sunday mornings. Please contact Mike Cross mCross@elliottadvisors.co.uk.
Ham and Petersham CC are keen to find fixtures either home on Ham Common or away for its U8s, U9s and U10s Contact Geoff at email@example.com
Thames Ditton U9s looking for friendlies. Please contact Mark Dence firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashtead U8s are looking for friendlies. Please contact Nathalie Bishop or call on 07810 651367
Hampton Wick Royal U12 Development are looking for pairs friendlies and can host. Please email Jon Pickles or call on 07967 646181
Frimley U14 Development team are looking for friendlies. Please email Martin Minnaar.
Weybridge U15Bs are looking for friendly fixtures. Please email Keith Jones.
Thames Ditton U8s are looking for friendly fixtures across the season. Please email Jilesh.
G-Force Academy from Dubai are looking for fixtures in the summer at their Epsom College base. They have under 11, 13 and 15 fixtures midweek on 5th July-4th August. Email to book a friendly.
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