Leyton Wicketz CC
In March 2017, Capital Kids Cricket received funding from The Lord’s Taverners to develop a new Wicketz club at Leyton Cricket Ground in Waltham Forest. The ground was once home to Essex County Cricket Club and it hosted their first match in 1885.
Graham Gooch, former England and Essex Captain, launches Leyton Wicketz CC and opens the nets at the Leyton Cricket Ground - April 2017.
The pavilion, a grade II listed building, was constructed a couple of years later and the ground remained as the counties headquarters until 1933.
Since 1933, the ground has hosted various cricket clubs and matches. In recent times, however, the ground has been used to host community and National Cricket League match, but there has not been a club based at the ground for some years.
Following funding from Waltham Forest Council to run some very successful cricket coaching we approached The Lord’s Taverners with our proposal to harness and develop the growing interest to found Leyton Wicketz CC.
Since March, we have run regular coaching sessions at the ground. This has included an All Stars Cricket session and open coaching sessions for children from the local community.
In August, 19 children from Leyton Wicketz CC attended The Lord’s Taverners Wicketz festival at Felsted school in Essex. Later in the month, a Leyton Wicketz team also entered the London Sixes where they finished as runners up.