Cricket was first played in Southwark Park in 1871. It became the home ground of Surrey and England legend Bobby Abel. In its heyday, the Southwark Park Oval hosted crowds of more than a thousand.
In 2014, Southwark Park Cricket Club was formed with aim of reviving cricket in the Park. Run by and for local people, SPCC aims to provide coaching and playing opportunities for all members of the community.
We are a friendly and inclusive club. We have no membership fees and seek enable men and women, boys and girls to learn and play cricket free of charge or at cost.
We raised the funds for the ECB standard double cricket net in the Park, which was open last summer. The net is free to use (no need to book). The club will hold free coaching session at the net every Monday evening from May, all welcome.
We are also working with Southwark Council, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Surrey County Cricket Club and the Surrey Cricket Foundation and other groups to invest in cricket in Southwark Park
New to the game or an old hand, everyone is welcome to help bring cricket back to Southwark Park
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Cricket for Kids
In 2019 we ran the ECB’s All Stars programme for girls and boys 5-8years olds and our Kids Cricket programme for 9-12 years. We plan to run All Stars again this summer as well as the ECB’s new Dynamos matchplay programme for 9 and 10 years olds. We will also expand the Kids Cricket programme to run throughout the summer term.
We are working partnership with Cherry Garden TRA to recruit and train cricket coaches. If you would like to help develop the next generation of cricketers, we would love to hear from you. We can pay for volunteers to take ECB coaching courses and help you register as a cricket coach with the Surrey Cricket Foundation.
We are really keen to enable women and girls to take up the national summer sport. In 2019 we ran a number of nets sessions just for women and began building the core of a women’s team. In 2020 we will run regular coaching sessions for women and girls on Saturday mornings
SPCC’s season begins on 5 February and will run every Wednesday evening through to May 5-7pm. Sessions are held at the roofpitch on top of the Surrey Quays Decathlon. Sessions cost £5 and all equipment is provided. You don’t need to register, just go to the Customer Service desk and you will be met and brought up to the pitch.
Supporting Community Cricket in Southwark Park