A Focus On… Ealing Cricket Club
Ealing Cricket Club is a wonderful setting, a classic cricket ground overlooked by a fine Victorian pavilion. Throughout the Spring and Summer months, there is something cricket-related happening there every day. On Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, the ground is covered with boys and girls playing the game at a club that is the centre of the local community.
Since its foundation 150 years ago, the club has retained its outlook on the traditions of the game, treating it with the greatest respect, while evolving as a modern forward-thinking club, offering something for everyone which has enhanced so many people’s lives.
This season the club have had nine Men’s Senior teams playing on Saturdays, with the teams offering opportunities for players of all abilities. On Sundays, the club enter several national and local Cup competitions – including the Middlesex transition competitions.
There has been a similar progression for the Ealing Juniors, which has grown 40% in the last three years. There are now 21 Junior teams playing League cricket. In 2021, there will be over 100 fixtures in an internal league set up to offer additional playing opportunities.
A big priority for the Club is the Women & Girls cricket section. The Women’s team was established in 2015, after having Junior Cricket for Girls for over 30 years.
All this activity is played on excellent playing facilities at three home grounds, in which there is continually significant investment. The main ground outfield in Corfton Road has recently been relayed and, this winter, the club are hoping to replace the existing nets with a brand new 8 lane state of the art practice nets facility. Further improvements in other areas are always on the drawing board.
The growth of the Club is based on a pursuit of excellence in the standard of coaching that is provided to all members. They were one of the first Clubs in Middlesex to appoint a Director of Cricket and have recently added two further employees to the coaching staff – a Senior Cricket Development Manager, to guide Juniors on their journey into Senior cricket, and a Head of Junior Participation and Community Development, to broaden the game within the local community.
Ealing CC has an ability and willingness to offer what people, young and old, require irrespective of their ability, which is backed up by outstanding coaching and facilities. They are a modern and progressive Club, but respectful of the 150 year history and traditions and, most of all, of the game of cricket.
Clubs looking to create a celebratory event in the summer can contact their local Middlesex Cricket Area Manager for support, and the latest ECB guidance regarding covid-19 protocols can be found here.