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Academy Awards night, Friday 9th September 2016!


About | Joining | Player of the Year | Our Mission | Welfare | Forms | Selection Policy | Parent Helpers | Equipment | Communications | Members Code of Conduct | Parents Code of Conduct | Events | Coaches

About the Academy

The CACC Academy was started in 2004 following the club 1st XI's promotion to the Surrey Championship Premier Division. It is the Academy's aim to ensure that we have enough coaches to be able to coach members efficiently, with a coach to player ratio of no more than 1:10. This allows us to offer focused coaching to all and we aim to ensure that every member has the opportunity to learn, improve and participate at all times. It is our intention to restrict membership if we are unable to satisfy this ratio.

Our teams compete in the West Surrey Youth Cricket League. For the Under 14 and U15 age groups, training sessions take place on Wednesday evenings, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Our main Academy nights, though, are Fridays, when all other age groups train, and there is often a match going on. The Bar is open and there is an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere and socialise with other Academy parents.

The Academy season runs from the end of April until the beginning of September. Home matches usually take place on weekday evenings or Saturday or Sunday mornings. We also run winter nets, usually during February and March. Details will be published on the website in early January for the upcoming Spring.


The first session is free of charge to give you an opportunity to see if you like us but we do need a Membership Form completed prior to attending, so please your completed form, or bring it down on the first night.

For school year 4 and above, Academy membership for the year is £110 which includes the cost of Friday night coaching sessions and all match fees. Parents are automatically granted Associate Member status of the club, and are encouraged to take out Social Membership at just £10 per annum. Each additional child (aged school year 4 and above) is £55, while Under 8's (School Year 3 and below) are just £40. There are no additional fees payable for junior matches.

We will never allow money to be a barrier to playing cricket. Should any family feel that they are not in a position to pay the full fees on an ongoing basis, or be in a situation where there is a short term financial problem, then we urge them to contact, on a confidential basis, either the Academy Director or the Club Welfare Officer and an individual arrangement can be agreed.

Money will never be a barrier at the Cobham Avorians.

Player of the Season

Each year a cup is awarded to the Academy member who has performed outstandingly on the field. Winners to date are:

2005 - Jonny Tribe
2006 - James Palmer
2007 - Jonny Tribe
2009 - Tom Dunn
2010 - George Frise
2011 - Dominic Worth
2012 - Luke Barrow
2013 - Matthew Richardson
2014 - Luke Barrow
2015 - Max Umpelby
2016 - Matt Kuchel
2017 - Oli Hoskins

Our Mission Statement

"The Cobham Avorians Cricket Club Academy's aim is to provide cricket for the wider community giving equal opportunities to all who want to play regardless of age, race, sex, religion or ability. We aim to provide the best available coaching and practice for all and encourage the best standards of behaviour and sportsmanship. In our desire to compete, we shall not only uphold the traditional values of cricket but also embrace the spirit of the game, while building sporting relationships with other clubs and drawing on the whole-life enjoyment of playing together as a team."

We will achieve this by:
  • Ensuring that all members have the opportunity to play in competitive and friendly matches, thus learning the art of sportsmanship, as well as testing their skills against their peers from other clubs.
  • Teaching our members about the spirit in which cricket is played as well as the techniques of the game.
  • Providing high quality practice facilities upon which members new to the game can learn the techniques and experienced members can hone their skills.
  • Delivering high quality coaching on a consistent basis to all academy members, regardless of ability.
  • Ensuring that all ability groups have a coaching plan and, as ability develops, members have the opportunity to test their ability in higher groups.
  • Ensuring that all potential members are encouraged to join, by us removing all the barriers that we can to encourage maximum participation and ensuring that existing members welcome new members fully into the club.
  • Providing a safe and secure environment in which members can both play and learn cricket and have fun, whilst mixing in a new and diverse environment.
  • Cricket is more than just a game. We believe that the phrase “it's not cricket” empowers those of us who teach the game to stress the values of fairness, competition, inclusiveness, good sportsmanship and life long friendship that the game can bring. We want our members to take pride in winning, but also to recognise and applaud the victors when they have been beaten. We want our members to celebrate each others' successes but also be supportive when others fail. In this way, we will teach our members not only cricket, but also skills that will serve them well throughout their life. This is why Cricket is more than just a game.

When we have achieved this on an ongoing basis – we will have achieved the mission of the Cobham Avorians Cricket Academy.



As holders of the ECB's ClubMark award, we are without doubt committed to the welfare of all the children at the club. Lorraine Elliott is our Club Welfare Officer. If you have any questions on welfare or would like to report an incident please contact Lorraine by


Selection Policy

Our overall aim is to develop our young Academy members to be the best cricketers they can be whilst instilling in them a lifelong love of the game of cricket.
To help achieve this, for each age group that we run teams, we generally look to run two XI's, one "Main XI" and one "Development XI" (or Chitty League as it is known), to ensure that every Academy member has the opportunity to play in a standard and to develop at a pace that is suited to their specific needs.
In the Main team we will try to win games by selecting our best possible XI, whilst for the Development team the emphasis will be on ensuring that everyone has the chance to participate to their full potential.
Academy members will always be selected above non-members.
If you have any questions on selection please speak to the age group manager concerned in the first instance and then to the Academy Director by if you require further clarification.

Parent Helpers

We are always on the lookout for parent helpers. If you think you might be able to help us on a regular basis, either with Friday night sessions or on match days please contact the Academy Director by or the relevant age group manager.

Equipment & Clothing

Ideally we would like all Academy members to own their own bat, box and helmet; however we do have a small supply of helmets and bats. There are a number of good cricket equipment shops in the area. We recommend Romida and Fordham Sports. For training sessions, a white tee-shirt; tracksuit bottoms or shorts and sturdy trainers are ideal. For matchday clothing, please visit our club shop at Kalibazar (link at side of page). Although not compulsory, when representing the club in a League fixture, we would like all players to wear Avorians branded clothing, if possible.


Regular newsletters are sent out to all club members. You will automatically be added to the mailing list to receive these on joining but if you have not been receiving them please notify the club by

Code of Conduct for Academy Members

COBHAM AVORIANS CRICKET CLUB is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with Academy Director, Steve Umpelby

As a member of COBHAM AVORIANS CRICKET CLUB you are expected to abide by the following junior club rules:

  • All members must participate within the laws of the game and respect coaches and other officials and their decisions.
  • All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
  • Members must wear suitable kit for training sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
  • Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the Club at competitions.
  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the Club premises or whilst representing the Club.

Code of Conduct for Academy Parents/Carers

  • Encourage your child to learn the laws of the game and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials' judgements.
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport. Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.


We hold an Academy Awards night in late-August or early-September. Other Academy events include a spectacular Firework Night which is fast becoming the talk of Cobham, with over 1000 attending in 2015!


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy Director by

Coach Biographies

Matt Ellis; Under 15 Manager
Tel: 07979 856201 |

Steve holds the UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification. His son George is a member of the Academy and a keen footballer.

Ross Richardson - Under 15 Coaching Assistant
Tel: |

Ross has played for the Cobham Avorians for many years, primarily on Sundays, and now has a son, Matthew, playing in the Academy.

Dominic Worth - U9 Coach
Dominic was one of the founder members of the current Academy, starting in 2005. Having progressed through the Academy, he is now a regular wicketkeeper/batsman in the club's First XI, and has recently attained his UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.

Keith Millett - Under 15 Coach
Tel: |

Keith has played at the Avorians for nearly 30 years, and his father John played for many more years prior to that. He holds the UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.

Mark Barrow - Under 15 Coaching Assistant
Tel: |

Mark has played for the Avorians for over 25 years and now has a son, Luke, playing in the Academy. He is also, since September 2010, the Club Chairman, and is very keen to ensure that links between the Academy and the main club are as close as they can be. To help facilitate this, Mark has invited several Academy parents to take roles on the Management Committee and in the running of the Club.

Steve Umpelby - Academy Director & U12/U13 Coach
Steve has a son playing in the Academy and during the 2012/13 Winter, attained his UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification. He represents the Academy on the club's Management Committee.

Stuart Harrington - U12/U13 Coach
Like Steve, Stuart also has a son playing in the Academy and during the 2012/13 Winter, also attained his UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.

Ian Elliott - U10 Manager/Coach
Ian has two sons playing in the Academy and during the 2012/13 Winter attained his UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.

Pete Costard - U8 Manager/Coach
Pete has a son playing in the Academy and during the 2015/16 Winter attained his UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.

Peter Worth – Coaching Development
Tel: 07774 264445 |

Peter was (is!!) a right arm fast medium bowler and a right handed batsman who made his senior debut for Blackheath Wanderers Cricket Club at the age of 15 in 1977. He played for BWCC between 1977 and 1987, was a member of the Kent U19 development squad in 1980 and represented Royal Holloway College, University of London between 1982 and 1985. His career top score was 101 not out, his best bowling figures were 7-31 and he took one hat trick. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Holloway, University of London Cricket Club. His son, Dominic, came through the ranks of the Avorians Academy and is now a regular in the League 1st XI. Peter holds the UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification.

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