The Club restructured its junior pathway in 2012-13 and did not enter teams in the North Eastern Junior Cricket Association.
The NEJCA competition previously involved Grade Club teams from Tea Tree Gully, East Torrens, Prospect and Northern Districts. These clubs have slowly disappeared from the competition, preferring to run their own development squads. As a result, NEJCA could no longer provide our players with regular high-standard competition.
In the previous two seasons, the two Kensington Under 13 teams combined for 44 wins and 6 losses. Out of the 6 losses, two were against the other Kensington team and one was the result of a “bowl off” after a washout. The matches have become increasingly lopsided and our players are not being tested against the best cricketers in their age group on a week-to-week basis.
Kensington playing in NEJCA also created some angst between the Club and other community clubs in our area, who would develop talented players then find themselves playing against those same players the next season. This situation was unfair on the community clubs and meant that a talented player would have to sever ties with his community club once selected for Kensington.
As a result the Club investigated alternative options and established the Kensington Academy.
This new program merged Kensington’s two Under 13 teams and Under 11 development squad into one structure.
The Kensington Academy combines internal games with matches against Grade Club Development Squads, U/11 and U/13 Association teams, Country representative teams and also College ‘Primary A’ teams. There is also be an increased skill development focus at trainings rather than weekly net sessions.
The aim of the Kensington Academy is for our players to play regularly against the best cricketers in their age group and to better prepare our players to progress to our Under 14’s.
Redbacks rookie and Kensington A Grade fast bowler Elliot Opie puts the Academy quicks through their paces
At all levels, the Club will ensure that Kensington Senior Players play a key role in the coaching and development of our junior players. This is important for the culture of our Club and to foster the relationship between juniors and seniors. In 2012-13 the Kensington Academy was coached by Ben Johnswood and Gary Slack with senior players Elliot Opie, Jordan Leiman, Sam McNeil and Brendan Connelly running some specialist skill sessions.
Kensington’s Academy players will not play matches at times that clash with community cricket. This will allow our cricketers to maintain their involvement with their community club if they would like to.
All players will be given an equal number of matches and an equal opportunity to bat and bowl. The season will run from September until March with various matches played throughout the program.
Number of Players
One squad of approximately 40-50 players.
Predominantly 10 and 11 year olds, however may include some 12 year olds who are not quite ready for Under 14’s and some 9 year olds who display a high level of talent.
Training and matches
Predominantly Monday nights between 4:30-7:30pm
The Kensington Academy will play in a number of matches:
- Internal matches
o The squad will be split into 6 teams
o Matches will be played on Monday nights from 4:30-7:30pm
o Season runs from September until March
- External matches
o The squad will play matches against Grade Club development squads, U/11 and U/13 Association teams, Country representative teams and college ‘Primary A’ teams
o Matches will be played predominantly on Monday evenings
Kensington will hold selection trials for the Kensington Academy in Term 3 each year, immediately following the July school holidays. Invitations for these trials will be sent out at the end of Term 2. For information on the Kensington selection trials or to register, please visit this page