We have a thriving junior section at Carlton, the success of which is shown by the number of children introduced to the game and by the number of Carlton juniors who have progressed into the senior Carlton teams and into district and national sides at both junior and senior levels.
The club runs junior sides at under 9, under 10, under 11, under 12, under 13, under 14, under 15, under 16 and under 18 levels, as well as a girls’ kwik cricket side.
Age groups are based on age at 31st August on the preceding year.
Our juniors regularly feature in Scottish and East junior representative teams. The club was rightly proud when our current club captain Fraser Watts became the first Carlton junior to graduate from the Carlton Under 11s through to the full Scotland team in 1998, before going on to become his country’s most capped player ever. Another Carlton junior, Ali Evans, played county cricket with Derbyshire CC. And another of our juniors, Leigh Kasperek has earned more than 50 caps for Scotland women, has played for Western Australia and Essex, and is now a full international for New Zealand.
Carlton has been a driving force in the development of junior cricket in the East of Scotland in recent years. Indeed, a commitment to junior cricket is now a pre-requisite for membership of the Cricket Scotland Leagues, with member clubs required to provide coaching and matches to develop junior cricketers – the life-blood of the game in Scotland in the decades to come. Carlton ‘s age-group sides have all achieved success. However, more important is the role of introducing children to cricket, ensuring they enjoy the game and benefit from quality instruction from Carlton’s qualified coaching team.
The fruits of this policy can be seen in a number of ways; the success that the junior teams have enjoyed, the promotion of so many Carlton juniors to district and national age-group sides and the successful integration of the ‘older’ junior members into the club’s adult sides.
During 2017 more than 40 players under the age of 18 played for one of our six senior league sides. ‘If they’re good enough, they’re old enough’ isn’t a bad adage.
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