At Holmesdale Cricket Club the welfare of our players, coaches, parents and spectators of all ages is paramount. The club has two appointed welfare officers (Gill Wentzel and Laurie Hudson), who are introduced to all junior players (up to and including Under 15) and their parents. All players (and parents) are invited to raise any concerns over the welfare of any player at Holmesdale Cricket Club and any concerns are handled sensitively and confidentially.
We have 11 ECB qualified coaches who coach across our junior programmes and all have current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and First Aid qualifications. In addition, we have members of our team who hold high level Child Protection qualifications from their mainstream jobs.
In addition, Chairman Matt Topliss and Club Captain Mark Epps are the appointed people within the Senior Cricket section for players to voice any concerns to. Again matters are considered in a confidential and sensitive manner.
Concerns must be raised with the appointed people if possible and all team managers or captains (Senior section) will direct any concerns from players or parents to them if needed.
The committee has worked hard to ensure that the playing surface, practice facilities and clubhouse (including car parking) are safe for everyone who comes to Holmesdale. The Junior Coaching Team also complete risk assessments and check equipment as necessary. We also have a noticeboard within the clubhouse which carries relevant information regarding welfare, first aid and the location of the nearest Accident and Emergency departments.
Each junior team will have an appointed first aid trained adult with them at home and away matches and all accidents that happen whilst playing or training with Holmesdale should be notified to the lead coach/player at the practice/game so that the details can be added to our accident book. First Aid kits can be found in the clubhouse and with lead coaches at games away from Montreal Park.
Finally, we experience very low numbers of raised concerns and injuries and intend to keep it this way. Holmesdale is a safe, happy and enjoyable club to be part of.
Holmesdale Cricket Club Limited
Cricket Ground, Montreal Park,
Worships Hill, Sevenoaks TN13 2AP
Registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) & Companies House - 09006645