Welcome to Junior Cricket 2021


Dear Parent / Carer

Oxford Downs Cricket Club welcomes you and your children to the club. We hope that your
child(ren) will enjoy being a member and will enjoy the cricket coaching, training, and
matches, as well as the social interactions available. The aim of this letter is to provide
information that may be helpful to you as new members. Please do ask me – the Club
Safeguarding Officer or any committee member or coach if you have other questions not
answered in this letter.

The club is run by a number of volunteers and we welcome offers of help from all members,
and hope that as you feel part of the club you will feel able to get involved.

Contact Information

A full list of club officials, committee members, first aiders and DBS holders can be found on
the club noticeboard and on the ODCC website, but in summary, some important contacts:

Club Telephone – 01865 301764
Club Chairman – Tom Welch (07856 687935, tomwelch33@gmail.com)
Club Secretary (acting) – Nick Owens (07515 878307, mail@nickowens.co.uk)
Club Safeguarding Officer – Natasha Coates (07967 293589, natasha@frizzled.co.uk)
Membership Secretary – Meg Potter (07875 105170, meg.potter536@gmail.com)


We are a ‘Clubmark’ club and we adhere to the ‘Safe Hands’ Policy for Safeguarding
Children in Cricket. All of the adults at the club who work with children and meet the
necessary criteria are vetted by the ECB. This includes the enhanced DBS and ‘Barred List’

Whilst we hope your child will be happy and content at the club, we understand that
sometimes questions, concerns or difficulties may arise. Please feel able to raise these as
soon as possible, so we can rectify things at the earliest opportunity. If you have a question
regarding coaching, please approach the coach in the first instance. However, please do not
interrupt coaching sessions, especially nets practice, as this may distract the coach when he
or she needs to be supervising the children. Our coaches will be happy to speak to you
before or after training or at another convenient time.


If you have questions about kit requirements, training times, pick up arrangements, etc.,
please speak to your child’s coach, or for any issues relating to juniors playing for open age
group (adult) teams, the team captain.

If you have any concern about your child or another child, or about the behaviour of any
adult at the club, please speak to me, the Club Safeguarding Officer using my contact details
as above.

(If your concern is about me, you may contact the County Safeguarding Officer, Stuart
Murphy. Email: oxfordshirecricketwelfare@gmail.com or mobile: 07766 110067).
‘Safe hands’, ECB’s Policy for safeguarding Children in cricket, is available to view online at
https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/policy-and-procedures, or a copy is available at the club.

Information for Juniors

Training times:

U9: Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
U11: Wednesday 6:30-8pm
U11 and U13 girls: Wednesday 6:30-8pm
U13 and U15: Friday 6:30-8pm

Lead Coaches

U9 – Charlie Walker
U11 – John Roebuck
U11 and U13 girls – Les Addison
U13 – James Wakeley
U15 – Tom Costley

Support Coaches: Martin Hunt, James Florey, Lawrence Brock, Len Bodhill, Shabbir

Bandali, Frankie Crouch and Will Watts

Match Managers:

U11 – John Roebuck
U11, 8 aside – TBC
U13 A – Len Bodhill
U13 B – TBC
U15 – Will Watts and Frankie Crouch

All Stars Cricket:

Our Activators this season are Emma Welch, Toby Collins and Sacha Collins. All Stars starts on Wednesday 12th May until 30th June, there will be a warm up each week with parents from 6.15pm and training will start at 6.30pm – 7.15/7.30pm.

Details: https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars

Drop off / Collection Arrangements for training:

it is expected that all parents/guardians stay at the club while junior training takes place (for any children in U11s and U9s) and that parents/guardians collect their child(ren) from the relevant Match Manager after training has finished.

Covid-19 guidelines

Please adhere to our club Covid-19 guidelines which are at the end of this letter. We ask that
you please respect the rules to protect our staff and volunteers.

Bar opening system video can be found here…. https://youtu.be/8Q9qme6eZTw

Play area

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to supervise their children in the play area. No glasses/bottles are to be taken onto play area. Children are also not permitted to climb on the top roofed area of the play park.


The Club is always looking for parental help – please do consider helping out if you can – please contact Tom Welch or Meg Potter if you are able to do so!

All members are reminded of the club’s code of conduct for members and guests, the parents code of conduct and the code of conduct for children, which can all be found on the club safeguarding board in the entrance lobby to the club. All the information you need can be found on this safeguarding board, including how to report accident or incidents, a list of
qualified first aiders and club policies. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the information posted on the safeguarding board or visit https://www.oxforddowns.com/club/club-policies/.

We do hope that you and your child(ren) enjoy being a member of Oxford Downs Cricket
Club, and if you have any concerns, do please let me know.


Natasha Coates (Club Safeguarding Officer)


Please help to keep our (mostly volunteer) staff, members and
visitors safe by following the COVID Guidelines at ODCC

  • Please sanitise and sign in. Before entering, everyone must scan the QR code with the NHS COVID-19 app or provide their name and contact details on the sheets on the entrance table.
  • The Clubhouse is open for toilet facilities only (changing rooms and showers are closed). Masks must be worn inside the clubhouse.
  • Please follow the one way entry and exit route through the clubhouse. Please don’t block the entry and exits by standing in front of them (especially on the veranda)
  • Only one person in the toilets at a time unless accompanying your child.
  • Please note that the kitchen and equipment is not available for use.
  • Spectators must socially distance and observe wider social contact limits and rules (including group sizes)
  • Please use outside QR code ordering system for the bar
  • Please help our (mostly volunteer) staff by returning your empty glasses to the tables by the entrance and by putting your rubbish in the bins
  • Please remember rule of 6/two households social distancing.
  • THANK YOU for your help and support 😊🏏