Radyr Cricket Club

Radyr Chain Article – March

Junior news from Radyr CC

The junior section are busy preparing for the 2018 season at Radyr CC and if last year is anything to go by we should be registering around 150 children over the next few weeks.

Throughout the winter players from U11, U13 and U15 have had the opportunity to attend winter training at Radyr Comp and SWALEC indoor school thanks to support from the R&M community fund. Whilst our U9s will have chance to refresh their cricketing skills at sessions being held at Radyr Comp in April. In addition to this over the next few weeks’ taster sessions will be held at Radyr and Bryn Deri primary schools for children in years 2, 3 and 4.

If you would like to join our junior section we are able to offer cricket for children from ages 5-15 and are proud to be the only club in Cardiff to host a National Development Centre for girls in conjunction with Cricket Wales who hold weekly training sessions at the club throughout the summer. We will be entering teams into the Cardiff & Vale junior league who will opponents from across the region as well as try our luck in the Lady Taverners, ECB & Welsh cup competitions.

Overall we aim to develop an interest in the game for all children who become members of the club. This is achieved by a fantastic group of qualified coaches who are all volunteers and take great pride in offering boys and girls of all ages and abilities the opportunity to develop their cricketing skills. This doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or have previous experience – everyone will be welcomed.

Our 2018 season will begin with training from Monday 30th April further details are shown below:

All Stars Cricket – Tuesday 5-6pm – please see www.ecb.co.uk for further details (5-8 year olds)

U9s – Friday 6-7pm (school years 3 and 4)

U11s – Tuesday 6.30-8pm (school years 5 and 6)

U13s – Thursday 6.30 – 8pm (school years 7 and 8)

U15s – Monday 6.30 – 8pm (school years 9 and 10)

To register please email Emma Clegg, Youth Secretary (peteemarch@hotmail.co.uk) or come along to the club from Monday 30th April at the times shown above.

We all look forward to welcoming you at Radyr Cricket Club.


Senior winter nets

Winter nets are fast approaching! We begin on the 21st February at 8pm at the SWALEC for an hour slot taking 5 lanes.

We have provided an additional net this year with the aim of improving the quality and variation of our practice over a six week block.

This in effect gives us at least one dedicated bowling machine lane as well as a focused bowling/keeping specific drill net without impinging on our existing practice lanes. Another bonus of having the additional lane is that we can offer space for fielding practice and drills whilst still being able to offer traditional bowler batsman net set ups. Taking this a step further there is nothing to stop us opening up 4 lanes to indoor league size, playing a series of games and still having a practice net available.

Please do speak to Jonty or any of the skippers on what you feel is important about your preparation for the coming 2018 season. We have a myriad of options available, we can vary our net practice to avoid it being stale but we need the numbers in attendance to ensure the plans carry through and therefore maximise our preseason preparation and the fantastic facility available to us as a club.

Junior Registration

Junior registration will take place between 10-12 on Sunday 4th March at Radyr Guide Hall, Bryn Derwen, Radyr.

U Design our kit supplier will be attending, there will be samples of kit sizes to view and try.

Old and new players will be welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you require any additional information please contact

Emma Clegg Youth Secretary at peteemarch@hotmail.co.uk

RCC Youth Coaching

As you are aware Radyr Cricket Club Youth section has about 150 players and is a vital part of the club.

Having such a thriving youth section brings funds into the club, support from Cricket Wales and provides the players for the future which is the lifeblood of any club. Without a thriving youth section we would not be able to play the senior cricket we now do.
In order to progress further we are planning on changes to the coaching structure including a head coach and possibly development groups at each age. These are changes supported by the ECB.

To do this we need more people to help with the coaching.
We would very much like some of the senior players to become Coaching assistants to help the existing Youth coaches to run the sessions. It is very good for the young players to have input and support from players in the senior teams.

We are not asking everyone who decides to help to make a massive commitment. You would not be expected to run session or organise teams. If you decide to become a coaching assistant we would ask you to help when you can, it may be 1 session a month or 1 a week, mainly during the youth season which runs from the beginning of May to the end of July.

If we can get enough coaching assistants then we will be able to greatly improve the standard of coaching and establish development groups for the youth players.

Therefore we have arranged a Coach Support Workers course to take place at the club on Sunday March 25th 2018. The course is just 2×3 hour sessions with a lunch break (refreshments provided). There would also be training in first aid and child safeguarding arranged.

If you would like to attend the course or would like more information please contact myself by email at thrthompson@hotmail.com, or mobile: 07813 052355.
or Emma Clegg, Youth Secretary at peteemarch@hotmail.co.uk

I hope you decide to get involved. Youth coaching is very rewarding and a great way to support your club.


Trevor Thompson
Youth Section Chairman
Radyr CC

Radyr & Morganstown Community Council Youth Fund

Radyr & Morganstown Community Council have this year launched a new Youth fund allowing anyone who offer activities to children in the local community to apply for funding of up to £1,000.

Radyr Cricket Club made an application to the council for monies to support our winter net sessions at Radyr Comprehensive and SWALEC. We are delighted that our application was successful and would like to thank everyone involved at R&M Community Council for supporting Radyr Cricket Club.

Councillor Ralph Vaughan (R&MCC) and Emma Clegg (Youth Secretary RCC) along with some of our junior members who met recently to receive our cheque.

RMCC Youth Fund

Aviva Community Fund – voting now open

We are very grateful to Debbie Lamb our U9 co-ordinator who has worked exceptionally hard to get the club accepted for an Aviva Community Fund project. The voting is now open and we need your help to gain votes and potentially get a kitchen makeover, this I’m sure you will all agree is long overdue.

Please do take a few minutes to enter and if you are feeling especially generous please ask friends, neighbours and families to vote too.

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you that the AGM will take place on Sunday 5th November, 11am at the clubhouse, everyone is welcome.

Best wishes

Chris Hitchings

RCC Chairman


Voting is open! And now’s the time to share your project with friends, family and community supporters to get as many votes as possible.

Here’s your project link that you’ll need to share far and wide to secure votes:

Remember to spread the word by sharing your project – everyone you tell can cast 10 votes, which they can spread between different projects or just one, as they choose.

The more support your project gets, the better your chances of securing funding.

Check out the Aviva Community Fund website for hints and tips on how to best share your project.

Good luck!

Memories of 2017

With the 2017 season becoming a distant memory for many, it was great to have the opportunity to rekindle some of the magic from the season by attending the SEWCL league presentation at the SWALEC last week.

During the evening 2nd XI captain Pete Clegg was awarded the league winners trophy by Angus Fraser (former Middlesex & England player and current National Selector).

The evening was made even better when our wonderful club was recognised by league representatives for it’s fair play across all four teams and as a result we came home with the Spirit of Cricket Award.

Well done to everyone who contributed to these throughout the season.

We wish you a happy and healthy winter and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

2017 Awards


The end of an era

After 17 years Tony Butlin has now retired from his roles of youth coach and groundsman at Radyr Cricket Club (RCC). During his time at the club Tony has made a huge impact in both the junior and senior sections. His experience as an educator and coach along with his love of cricket were a perfect combination to stimulate the growth of the youth section at RCC. He worked tirelessly with the younger age groups and was a strong advocate of Girls cricket.

The fruits of his labour are clear to see with a wealth of club cricketers representing the club at County & National level. In addition to his work in the youth section Tony spent countless hours preparing the square, tracks and outfield in his role as Groundsman.

In 2012 he won an Outstanding Service to Cricket Award from Cricket Wales, a thoroughly deserved mark of the appreciation of his colleagues, peers and friends. More recently and in appreciation of his commitment to the club he has been made a Life Vice President of RCC. Tony was also presented with a small gift from the junior section at their recent presentation.

Thank you Tony

Tony would like to also share some words:

Thank you all for the Gift that was given to me at the Youth Award Ceremony.

Those, who were there, are now aware that my duties as a groundsman and coach have come to an end after seventeen years.

Unfortunately, many of you, who had other commitments, couldn’t attend.

To all parents, present or not, may I thank you for all your commitments, in all the roles, that you have played in helping me during my work at the club.

I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching both with girls and boys at all ages. I hope that their introduction to cricket has inspired them in many ways.

I hope that you and your sons and daughters continue to enjoy the game and may the Youth Section continue to be a major asset to the club.

I hope that we shall keep in touch, I shall be down at the club from time to time.

May all the children gain the success that they deserve.

Best wishes


Season update

cicchettiAs I write this Radyr Cricket Club finds itself halfway through the 2017 season.  We have enjoyed unprecedented weather for this time of year and to date have only had one game abandoned. All four senior sides are playing a high standard of cricket the first XI placed fifth in the SEWCL 2nd Division and the second XI unbeaten flying high at the top of their respective division.

Our run up to the season welcomed ex Glamorgan and England bowler Simon Jones to the ground to put the bowlers through their paces. Simon has been working with our first XI and the youth through the season to develop their skills.  It is a great experience to face Simon in the nets as it’s not every day you get to bat against a Test cricketer especially one that was the scourge of international batsmen the world over! 

As we moved into the 2017 season, as with every year, we look to balance the books and finance the club.  It is a huge challenge just to maintain our facilities to provide cricket to the community.  Two pitches and the three lane permanent net facility take large amounts of time and money to maintain the standards we set ourselves.  This is all achieved by our members and volunteers and is a real testament to the club that we can provide cricket for four senior league sides and one Sunday non league side. We must also not forget the cricket we provide for both boys and girls from 5 years upwards, with the most recent addition being an Under 19 T20 team. 

We had been looking long and hard for a new shirt sponsor and felt that ‘local’ was the way forward.  So it was with great pleasure that Cicchetti of Station Road agreed to partner us for the next three seasons. We would like to thank Paulo and everyone at Cicchetti for this support. Our thanks also extends to the continued support of Radyr Garage as well as new sponsorship from Andrew Cox barbers, Glamorgan Telecom, Thomas H Wood, U Design Ltd and Gwynt y Ddraig.  Not all support however amounts to money; a special thanks must go to the Radyr and Morganstown Association in particular Nick Hawkins for loaning us the marquee for our annual Vice Presidents luncheon. 

Radyr Cricket Club is a vibrant, family club, proud of its 125 years of history within the local community.  It is wonderful to have so much local support in all its guises. 

In conclusion if you or any member of your family are interested in playing, scoring, umpiring or even cutting the grass do not hesitate to contact the club via www.radyrcc.co.uk or just pop down to the ground.

Jonty Wilson