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Child Welfare

The GACC takes its responsibilities for the welfare of the young people in its care very seriously.  All its coaches are subject to Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosures which are regularly updated.  Those coaches who work with our county squads also attend regular courses on first aid and child protection.

If a player is unhappy for any reason then parents are encouraged to discuss their concerns with one of the coaches in charge of the coaching session or county squad. 

If a parent has any concerns about how a child is being treated by a coach they should contact our Child Welfare Officer (Paul Morgan) on 07814 916936.

Find a Team

Currently, there are 20 clubs in our Region who have a youth section. If you are looking for somewhere for your son or daughter to play, why not contact the ones nearest to where you live? Some of the telephone numbers below are for the Clubs themselves so they are only likely to be answered in the evenings or weekends. Ask for the youth organiser and you may be given a home number or else ask for a message to be passed on. When you do make contact it is important to establish that the club caters for the age-group you require (ie U9, U11, U13 or U15).

Club Name

Telephone

Contact

Abercarn                                 

07825 986123

Ieuan Parsons                                           

Abergavenny

01873 852703/07747 627378

Nick Kinman

Abertillery

07739 024786

Gareth Trapnell

Blackwood

01495 220117

Jeff Mudford

Brecon

07547 671920

laine skinner

Chepstow

07791 894287 Rijendra Chitnis

Croesyceiliog (Cwmbran)

01633 485143 Bruce Collier

Ebbw Vale

01495 350364

Nick Pepper

Llanarth

01873 856746

Keith Spencer

Malpas (Bettws,Newport)

07590 105544

Leigh Archer

Monmouth 07966 015609 Jon Despontin

Newbridge

07970 565470

Jonathan Wellington

Newport (Spytty Park)

01633 663297

Mike Knight

Newport Fugitives

07561 105376

Richard Jones

Panteg (Griffithstown)

07921 105410 Mike Daniels

Ponthir

01495 785364 Andrew Van de Weyer

Pontymister & Crosskeys

07712 451002   Christopher Jones

Rogerstone

01633 894657 Andrew Trinder

Sudbrook (Caldicot)

07766 616977

Nathan Thomas

Usk

01291 672847

Kay Peacock

Parental Views

We recognise the important part parents play in the development of our young cricketers and are, therefore, keen to develop clear lines of communication with them.  At the beginning of our winter coaching sessions we brief parents and  players on what to expect and encourage them  to  discuss   any  queries  or   concerns with the coaches as they arise.  We also hold a session for the players and parents of each county squad prior to the season.

In 2008, the GACC asked all parents to complete a questionnaire for the second year running.  They were delighted that around 100 forms were returned and that the overall response was very favourable.  It’s clear we can’t please everyone all the time but it’s gratifying that we satisfy most of them most of the time!

Answers to the question: ‘Please name one thing you would like to see changed/improved’ broadly covered four areas:-

  • Venues - Unfortunately we don’t have any of our own and are restricted to the days and times we can use them. Consequently, we have to put up with the lack of viewing opportunities (at Newport) and the late finish of a couple of sessions.

  • Player numbers (especially U10/11) - Hopefully this was eased this year by the addition of a session at Ebbw Vale. None of our sessions had a player/coach ratio greater than 8:1.

  • Coach approachability - We have tried hard to improve this but it is particularly difficult at Newport.

  • Player development - Integral to our coaching process is the giving of regular verbal feedback to each player on his or her performance. We also hope our feedback at the end of this winter’s sessions, to those who haven’t made the final county squads, is valuable to each player’s development. Eleven players, at U12 and above, who started off the coaching in sessions in a support squad made it into the final county squads.

Further Information

If you would like any further details on youth cricket in Gwent contact us on our email address gwentyouthcricket@btinternet.com .

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