Bapchild Cricket Club

Our Junior Section

Bapchild Cricket Club welcomes all children aged from 6 – 16
to join us in learning and playing cricket.


The Club has a strong junior section with over 90 colts boys and girls enjoying to play cricket in a friendly and safe environment.   We run 5 age groups U8, U10, U12, U14 and U16 and play competitive league cricket for the U12s and above.   The section is run by our Colts Manager Richard Archbold who with his Lead Coaches and a team of  over 15 ECB Level 2 qualified coaches ensure that the boys and girls receive the best training in order to maximise their enjoyment of the game.

The Junior Section is extremely important to our club and much of our funding goes to providing equipment and investing in training coaches and young leaders.   Many of our former colts now play in the senior teams and are indeed coaches for the section.   In the region of 80% of players representing the club at senior level are either former colts, coaches, parents of colts or they are still colts!.  In 2010 we started a Saturday 3rd XI to ensure as our colts became too old to play in the Swale Development League they had opportunity to still play cricket.

In 2012, for the first time in the club’s history, we able to field an all girls team, the Butterflies, in a tournament and they entered the U9 league the following season.

And in 2018 for the first time in the Club’s 234 year history had females representing the Club at Senior Level

Many of our colts represent the District at U10, U12 and U16 age groups and some of our coaches manage those sides

Every coach is a volunteer and we are very lucky that they give up their time to pass on their skills to the next generation of crickets


We received the ECB Clubmark accreditation in 2010 which means the Club operates to a key set of core criteria and has in place good practice to ensure that we can deliver high quality community cricket in an environment that is safe, effective and child friendly.

In 2011 we received ECB Focus Club accreditation, which is a geographic collaboration between the Focus Club (cricket club) and partnership schools/colleges, local community groups, businesses and sponsors.  It again reaffirms we are committed to the delivery of junior development programmes and/or activities in partnership with ECB, the County Cricket Board, schools and the community through a Club Development Plan that has been approved by the County Cricket Board and is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.


Nets and coaching take place by ECB Qualified coaches spread over two days.  Boys and Girls aged between 6 -14 years of age train on Saturday mornings from 9am until 10.30am with lots of fun games and exercise as well as learning techniques, fielding position, rules and etiquette. Our 15 to 16 year olds (U16s) train Wednesday nights.

All training is held at the Ground

During the winter we hold indoor nets between February and April.


We run 6 junior teams that play in the Swale Development Leagues with matches on Sunday mornings and weekday evenings.  Two U12, one U14 and one U16 teams all playing the hard ball form of the game. We also run two mini 10’s side so children under 10s can play competitive cricket and learn from an early age the joys of team sports using soft windballs. Our U8s do not play competitive cricket.

Our teams our:

U16 Bapchild Bulldogs

U14 Bapchild Bears

U12 Bapchild Broncos

U12 Bapchild Bees

U10 Bapchild Bantams


In addition to the League matches friendly matches are arranged on an occasional basis to provide as much cricket as possible for the young players of the future.


Bapchild Cricket Club welcomes all children from 6 – 15* and we aim to provide a focus for the local community.  Our goal is to provide cricket for all it’s members regardless of ace, nationality, ethnicity, religion or other beliefs, age, ability, disability, sex, sexual orientation or economic circumstances and other social pursuits.

If you would like to join the club or require more information you can either:

Pop in to the club on a training or match day

Or  email us and we will get back to you asap.

All members of the coaching staff are ECB coaches and qualified to work with youngsters.

* If you are 16 or over on midnight of the previous 31st August please  see our senior section