Frequently Asked Questions
1. How old do you have to be to play cricket?
We take children from age 5 onwards. Our initial emphasis is on devleoping (a) core skills of movement, balance and agility, (b) throwing and catching and (c) an introduction to batting and bowling. Kids can begin with the All Stars programme (ages 5 - 8) and continue with Kwik Cricket before progressing to hard ball formats.
2. How do I find the club?
Stirling County Cricket Club is located close to The Peak leisure centre and St Modan's High School. Please see the maps at the foot of the 'Contact' page. If using a Satnav, the postcode is FK7 7WS.
3. What does my child need to wear and bring to training?
For indoor training, children should wear gym kit and indoor trainers.
In the outdoor season, they should wear similar clothing but should ensure they have warmer clothes (eg. joggers, hoody/tracksuit top) also.
No equipment is necessary as we can supply everything, but please ensure your child always brings a water bottle.
4. Can I stay and watch?
Yes, you are very welcome to stay and watch training sessions and matches. In fact, for younger children it is often a good idea for you to stay for the first couple of sessions to help them settle in.
5. What about my child's health and safety?
There is nothing more important to us than the safety of your child. All of our qualified coaches are PVG checked and are qualified first aiders. Accidents are rare but if there is ever an issue we will deal with this immediately and contact you as quickly as possible. We discuss safety issues with the children (waving bats around is a regular topic!). We also ensure that the children are properly warmed up before undertaking more strenuous exercise.
6. How much does it cost and how do I join?
Firstly, children are welcome to come along for a few weeks to see if they enjoy cricket. The membership fee is £75 for the whole year, running from April to March. You can get a membership form either at the club or we can email one to you. Payments are by cheque or online banking (details on the form). Completed forms and cheques should be either posted to the club (see address on the 'Contact' page) or placed in the mailbox outside the front entrance of the clubhouse. The cost of joining the All Stars programme ONLY is £40. Details about how to register your interest and for more information, please click here.
7. Can my son/daughter bring a friend?
Of course! We want cricket to be inclusive and fun; and children love when they get to come along with their pals!
8. What is the best way to keep in touch with what's going on in the club?
We will keep you up to date via the club's Facebook page and our Twitter feeds (@Stirlingccc & @countypups); so please do use one of these. If you don't use social media, then we are happy to keep you informed by email and/or text. There is also a club newsletter, for which you can be put on the mailing list. Just let us know what works for you. Please do also take the chance to speak to us in person at the end of a session. We welcome your feedback and aim to involve parents as much as possible!
9. Can I get involved as a parent?
Definitely! Even if you have not played cricket we are always on the lookout for help with things like transport to matches and the occasional bit of catering for special events. And if you would like to get involved as a parent helper with training itself, please do speak to us. This is exactly how some of our coaches first became involved with the junior set-up.
10. What if I have concerns or other issues?
Please do speak to us as soon as possible. You can speak to us at the club or call Brian and Vicky Hambly, our Junior Convenors, on 07977 555562.