It’s a family affair at Wollaton Cricket Club

It seems like it was only yesterday that Sarah and I were chatting by the side of the pool, juggling babies in car seats with our toddlers having fun in the pool. Seven years on, and those boys are playing against each other in the local league, the babies are big girls that play in their own teams too. Both our husbands now coach at their local clubs, and somehow Sarah and I have both (voluntarily) become totally embedded in the lives of our local cricket clubs. Every summer, I look forward to spotting the smiles on the faces of all the Little Wickets graduates in the local league matches, but the U12s Wollaton CC Vs Keyworth CC fixture is one that we’re particularly looking forward to this season. Thank you to the new Wollaton Cricket Club Junior Membership Secretary, Sarah Tomsett, for summing up how instrumental Little Wickets has been to her family’s cricketing journey. I’ve got everything crossed that this year the sun will shine for the boys’ matches, and there won’t be any sandpaper involved!

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woolaton cricket club family photo in garden

“Little Wickets has been part of our cricketing lives for the past 7 years.  Our oldest son, Leo, went to the first ever Little Wickets session back in 2011 (having met Founder Chloe’s son,  Pip, at swimming lessons!) and continued until joining our local club, Wollaton CC, at age 7; he now captains the Under 12 team!  Leo was followed to Little Wickets by his younger brother, Jonah, and our daughter, Isla, started with Little Wickets as a pre-schooler and is now about to graduate from the advanced 2nd Innings sessions and has already joined her brother at Wollaton CC. Little Wickets has given them the opportunity to develop a real love of the sport before reaching the age for local clubs, and to learn some great techniques in a fun environment. It has also motivated some renewed enthusiasm for the sport amongst the grown-ups in our household!  Dad, Ashley, is now a qualified level 2 coach, and leads two age groups at Wollaton CC; and I’ve just picked up the role of Junior membership secretary at the club too!  We will soon be saying a fond farewell to Little Wickets, but will continue to see the many friendly faces we have met there through the local club cricket leagues”  Sarah Tomsett, Mum of 3 Little Wicketers & Wollaton Cricket Club hero