Poloc's juniors - the "Mini-Mighty"!
Poloc runs junior cricket teams at all five available age-group levels: Under 10, 11, 13, 15 and 18 and compete in West District Junior Cricket Union - as well as Cricket Scotland - competitions. Under 10 players compete in "Kwik Cricket" competitions, the others hard-ball. But competitive play is only one, small, aspect of Poloc's junior work and this page will tell you more about what's going on at the club for the 70 or so youngsters registered with it.
The club's coaching staff are all qualified and appropriately CRBS, Disclosure Scotland, PVG and/or Police checked, and the club is an enrolled body under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Poloc's Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy can be viewed online and is also available from our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer, Keith Young, whose contact details can be found below and on the Contact us page of the website.
Junior news and match reports
Cricket taster session [posted 20/03/17]
The club was delighted to run the first of two introductory, "taster" sessions at Netherlee Anchor Boys group this evening. The group has more than a dozen youngsters aged six to eight years old regularly attending it, and this evening's session saw them running, throwing, catching and hitting to their hearts content! Thanks to Alistair Haw and his team for inviting the club's coaches - you can see some photo's of the session in the Gallery, taken by Alistair and used with permission.
Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 02/03/17]
The draw has been made for this season's Under 18 Scottish Cup. The draw sees the 'Loc drawn away, in the quarter-final against the winner of the first round tie between Greenock and Prestwick. The draw's online here.
Archived junior match reports
You can read earlier, and prior season, junior match reports online in our archive too.
The coaching provided by the club for juniors is free-of-charge, and young people attending do not have to become club members unless they want to. The club, however, welcomes new junior members. The related application and consent forms can be downloaded for completion direct from the website.
Club-based junior coaching
Outdoor junior coaching
Under the umbrella of the "Community Coaching Initiative", this takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the club between late April and early September. Monday coaching sessions at Shawholm are for Under 11s (as at 1 September in the previous year) between 6pm and 7pm, with Under 13s and Under 15s coming between 6.30pm and 8pm on Wednesdays. Under 18s practice, along with seniors, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
The club's registered juniors number around 70 and receive regular correspondence updating them as to what's going on for them at the club and encouraging them to get along to these outdoor practices.
As with senior practice, sessions, whenever practical, involve "nets" although teaching of the basics of the game is given a high priority. as such, genuine "beginners" are welcome along on any of the juniors evenings with children of both sexes, and as young as seven years old, taking part. The use of "Kwik Cricket" facilitates safe play for even the youngest children.
Indoor junior coaching
After the end of the traditional summer playing season, coaching moves indoor with the facilities of Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall being utilised. Indoor coaching sessions are advertised here on the website and are normally on weekends.
Junior coaching is co-ordinated by Junior Convenor Keith Young with the assistance of David James and other registered coaches. The club's overseas players/coaches also play a central role in junior coaching.
Interested parents and/or children can find out more about junior coaching by contacting Keith Young and/or the club directly. the club's contact details can be found on the Contact us section of the website, Keith Young can be contacted directly on 07802-951913, or by email.