Youth Training

Denton St. Lawrence takes the coaching of our younger members very seriously, with regular youth training sessions on Monday evenings throughout the season. A group of dedicated and highly respected ECB qualified coaches, alongside some of our senior members, develop the skills of the club’s next generation of senior team players. In fact one of our senior coaches was recently recognised by Lancashire County Cricket Club for his commitment to youth training. You can read the full article here

“I want to keep kids playing and enjoying cricket, and that’s the main thing. They are the future of the sport.”

Dave Bardsley, DSLCC Head Youth Coach
& LCCC Volunteer of the Month Sept. 2019

Boys and girls as young as 5 are welcome to come along and join in the fun, where they can start their cricketing career developing technical skills and teamwork through games and coaching.

The standard of our youth coaching is best exemplified by the fact that Denton St. Lawrence players are frequently selected to play at district level for Tameside, and a number of our young players have also progressed to play at county level for Lancashire and Cheshire.

During the off-season we also run regular indoor training and nets sessions to keep the kids in form and improving throughout the winter.

To find out more about our youth training and development activities phone us on 0161 336 3840 or email – or just come along to one of the training sessions on Monday evenings 6pm – 8pm (April – September).

Youth Cricket Teams and Match Types

At Denton St. Lawrence there are plenty of opportunities for young players to play competitively against other clubs, with U9s, U11s, U13s, U15s and U17s teams playing regularly throughout the season.

At the younger end of the scale, the U9s play 8-a-side pairs cricket with a windball, to allow them to get used to the rules and pace of the game without having to worry about the scary hard ball.

The U11s continue to play 8-a-side pairs cricket, but now progress to using a real cricket ball. DSL and the GMCL take the safety of your child very seriously, and full protective kit is mandatory for batting and wicket-keeping.

From U13s upwards the game style changes to “proper” 11-a-side cricket, encouraging players to play more strategically and to defend their wicket.

At all levels DSL coaches encourage young players to develop teamwork, discipline and leadership skills, but most of all to have fun playing a game that we’re sure they will come to love.