Youth Development Officer’s Report

2014 has been a busy year for our country’s junior clubs, players, parents and coaches.

To remind our readers, junior cricket in Switzerland is an entirely voluntary affair, with great effort and distances being put in by willing parents and coaches, to ensure that our future generation embodies the love of the game and plays the sport in a true spirit of sportsmanship.

Youth Cricket is played in the age groups of Under 9s (early starters), Under 11s, 13s, 15s, 17s and 19s. The clubs and schools involved are:

  • Basel Dragons Junior Cricket Club
  • College du Leman
  • Cossonay Cricket Club
  • Ecole Internationale de Geneve – La Châtaigneraie
  • Geneva Region Youth Cricket Club
  • Gingins Cricket Club
  • Lyceum Alpinium
  • Zurich Crickets Cricket Club

We estimate over 500 youth playing cricket in Switzerland.

Activities during 2014 were:

The Junior Zuoz Cricket Festival, always the highlight of the junior season, was a massive success yet again, not least because of the support of Tom Butt at the Lyceum Alpinum and the efforts of John Millar and his team.

Under 11s

In the U11 age group the year began with a national training camp organised by Basel Dragons & T20International, which was followed up in the summer when T20International ran a summer cricket camp in Basel for boys & girls aged 6 to 17 years.
A great performance rewarded the Dragons U11’s with a victory over Luxembourg by 4 wickets to retain the trophy in their home 2014 Basel indoor tournament and in the summer U11s from across country took part in the Leman Cup. Finally, Gingins U11 Autumn Tournament (the first of a series of youth tournaments in November), was held at the ESEP school in Borex/Crassier.

Under 13s

In April Basel Dragons produced a dominant performance to win their own U13 tournament the Basel U13 Indoors, for the first time.
Our U13s toured the UK at the beginning of June, followed later that same month by a Luxembourg Under 13s 3 nation invitation tournament at which Cricket Switzerland entered an U13 and an U12 side.
Later in the year the year, the best of our U13s played in the Leman Cup, and finally the Gingins U13 Autumn Indoor Tournament was held at the ESEP school in Borex/Crassier.

Under 15s

Basel Dragons travelled to Munich to take part in the Bavaria Cup in March and organised a national U15 cricket tournament at Pfaffenholz on 5th & 6th April. Additionally, a Swiss Under 15 XI team finished second in a 4-nation tournament in Denmark.

And, as did all the age groups, the U15s season ended with the Gingins U15 indoor tournament at Campus La Châtaigneraie.

Under 17s

Gingins won the inaugural U17 cup at the Sport Centre Pfaffenholz and Gymnasium Baumlihof in Basel and the CFPT sports hall in Geneva was the venue for this year's Gingins U17 Indoor Tournament, contended by Cossonay, Gingins, GRYCC and Wanderers later in the year.

Under 19s

In addition to competing in the Mr Pickwick Twenty20 & McGee’s 40 over league, the Swiss Colts travelled to North Hampshire to play four games in as many days from Thursday 29th May to Sunday 1st June and had a very successful 4 nation tournament in Paris, the only team to beat the hosts & eventual winners France.

The junior season concluded when Cricket Switzerland recognised the outstanding junior players at a dinner held in Geneva on Saturday 8th November 2014.

Mr Bob Barber himself came and presented the Bob Barber Awards 2014 to:

U11 – James West
U13 – Ed Clayton
U15 – Ruan Kruger and Nicholas Henderson
U17 – Aidan Andrews and Jai Sinh
U19 – Arjun Vinod and Ashwin Vinod

My personal highlights for 2014:

-    Under 13s won the 3 nation tournament in Luxembourg
-    Under 12s also participated as a second team in the Luxembourg tournament and were overall 3rd.
-    Under 15s were second in the Denmark tournament.
-    Under 15s beat Holland (an ICC Associate country) and the first time any Swiss Team has beaten Holland
-    Under 19s beat France in the four nations tournament; the first ever victor of any Swiss side over France, who were the eventual tournament winners
-    Switzerland’s first junior international hundred, which was scored against Holland on 22 July 2014

Finally, a round of thanks and gratitude to persons and agencies who have very kindly extended financial support for the Swiss Junior Cricket movement:

•    Mario and Catherine Illien
•    Herzog Kuechenbau AG
•    Carl Meier Sohn + Co
•    Meier-Kopp
•    SMC Pneumatik
•    Specogna Immobilien
•    Rothweiler AG
•    Trilux AG
•    Fraumünster AG
•    Gaho Holding AG
•    Caretta Weidmann Baumanagement AG
•    Parents and Coaches of the member cricket clubs

As we prepare for season 2015, we hope that all the youth in Switzerland continue to enjoy and learn from the beautiful sport of cricket!

(Yateendra Sinh)