Optimists Cricket Club - Juniors

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How to join the Optimists Juniors
If you would like to enrol your child(ren) in our club or require further information please contact Praveen Singh via email at pravs.singh@gmail.com or message at +352 661 988 556.  

Training sessions
During the summer months training takes place on Sundays from 10.15 to 12.30 at Walferdange, whilst from October through to March it is held from 14:00 to 17:30 at the school gym.  All sessions include a mixture of skill exercises and actual matches played under controlled, safe conditions. 

Regular weekly sessions are run by volunteer coaches and parents, several of whom have England Cricket Board level 1 or 2 qualifications.  
Most of the coaching is done in English although, as some of the kids speak Luxembourgish, they help translate when necessary.   

Teams from varying age groups compete at Indoor Cricket Tournaments each winter, which are hosted by clubs in Basel and Geneva. These tournaments are a key component of the training. In the summer months outdoor matches are held to prepare for the annual U11 International Tournament hosted by the Optimists Cricket Club with the national teams from Belgium and Switzerland participating. We also play in age-group leagues run by the Belgium Cricket Federation. 

Summer Cricket Academy

An important part of the development plan includes the summer Cricket Academy which has now been run for 10 years at the Club. This is a five-day training programme (Tuesday to Saturday) when up to 50 children participate in a wide variety of skills development sessions leading to a final day of matches in front of supporting families. Each year an experienced ECB level 3 qualified professional cricket coach comes to Luxembourg to lead the programme, which has become a significantly important activity.  As well as the children our local coaches also benefit by experiencing at first hand different methods and new ideas from this coach.

Current Numbers and Development

At present there are approximately 70 young cricketers registered, including a steadily growing number of girls.  Most of them are British but there are quite a few Indians, Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders.  We also have kids of non-traditional nationalities, Austrian, Belgian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Danish, Irish, Bulgarian, Russian and Luxembourgish, amongst others. Across the past ten years it is estimated that over 200 children have benefitted from the programme.

The Optimists Cricket Club has been developing junior cricket in Luxembourg for over 30 years, during which it has created a stable structure, nurturing young cricketers from age six through the intermediate stages to full adult level. To make this happen the Club works closely with the Luxembourg Cricket Federation and both parties dedicate ongoing funding and resources to the overall process. The programme itself operates all year round, with scheduled training for U9s, U11s, U13s, U15s and U19s, using the excellent pitch and net facilities at the Optimists' Ground in Walferdange and the indoor gym at the International School of Luxembourg.

Graduation Success

The Optimists Cricket Club is very proud of its proven ability to develop young players to reach higher levels of cricket.  As players gain experience they have their first taste of adult cricket in friendly matches against club touring teams as well as in the local league.  Seven players from the current Optimists 1st XI squad have graduated through the programme, most of whom have now also represented the Luxembourg national team in international competitions.

The steady growth in participation by girls has been notable. More and more girls are playing alongside the boys, both at the indoor tournaments and in the Belgian League; last summer two played an active role for the national ladies team against Belgium.  

While not only benefiting local cricket it has become apparent that children who started their cricketing experience in Luxembourg fit comfortably into the UK environment, playing at representative level for their age groups at school &/or county, as well as at university and local clubs.  

The development programme has proven to sharpen basic skills, match performance and tactical awareness and additionally teach the young players the correct etiquette and values of cricket.