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Communication with Parents

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 25 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                                 

07530 319073

Gavin Chilton

Abergavenny

07743 351376

Colin Knight

Abertillery

01495 217013

Matt Rossiter

Blackwood

01495 220117

Jeff Mudford

Brynmawr

01495 302579

Geraint Adlam

Cefn Fforest

01443 822579

Dean Butler

Chepstow

01291 621528 Francis Tindall

Croesyceiliog (Cwmbran)

01633 485143 Bruce Collier
Crosskeys 01633 614606 Gerwyn Morgan

Ebbw Vale

01495 350364

Nick Pepper

Llanarth

01873 856746

Keith Spencer

Machen

02920 884724

Simon Keane

Malpas (Bettws,Newport)

07590 105544

Leigh Archer

Monkswood (Nr Usk)

01291 672104 Rod Jones
Monmouth 07966 015609 Jon Despontin

Newbridge

01495 617948

Huw Davies

Newport (Spytty Park)

01633 663297

Mike Knight

Newport Fugitives

01633 892877

Nigel Pryce

Panteg (Griffithstown)

01495 764331 Stuart Harrison

Pentwyn (Nr Pontypool)

01495 757458

Mike Daniels

Ponthir

01291 691834 Graham Perrott

Pontnewynydd

07527 482783

Craig Russell

Rogerstone

01633 894657 Andrew Trinder

Sudbrook (Caldicot)

01291 423588

Rob Lewis

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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