By Jill Stocks
Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club is inviting kids to its summer cricket camps next week, with ages eight to 14 invited to get involved.
England may not have won the Ashes this summer but it was certainly an entertaining series sure to have aroused the interest of people of all ages. And now KECC is opening its doors to those who would like to give the sport a try, as well as making new friends and improving their social skills along the way.
There are two camps starting next week. The first is a hardball camp for ages 10-14 on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th, with the second a Dynamos cricket camp on Thursday 17th and Monday 21st.
The hardball camp will be led by expert coaches using the bowling machines and net facilities and will run between 10 am and 3 pm. This camp costs £18 a day or £30 for both days.
Attendees at the Dynamos camp will receive a free top and kit to play in and it will run between 10 am and 2pm. This camp is aimed at beginners and thanks to a link up with Yorkshire CCC is free of charge.
Anyone interested in signing up should contact Tom Garman on 07736342170.
But if you’re too old to join in the camp fun spectators are always welcome to watch the senior and junior teams with refreshments available in the club house pitchside. Or perhaps you could be Kirkstall’s answer to Jonny Bairstow. There’s a list of upcoming fixtures and how to get in touch to join here:
Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club was founded 170 years ago in April 1853 initially playing on the Kirkstall Abbey Playing Fields before moving to its present home on Queenswood Drive four years later in 1857. The clubhouse you see today was constructed in 1980. You can read more about the club’s history here.