Harrow St Mary’s Colts Academy
How we started
Our current colts set up was started by Stuart Aitken and Sushil Sharma in the early 90s by recruiting boys interested in cricket from local state schools. On the first night over 80 boys turned up and the two coaches, lacking anything like enough equipment, resorted to the basics of catching and fielding. Now we are one of the most professional colts organisations in Middlesex supporting all age groups up to U17s. Our U13s were National Champions in 2006 and our U15s were National Champions in 2013. We have fully qualified coaches at all levels.
The Jack Petchey Awards
We are very grateful to The Jack Petchey Foundation http://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/ for supporting our club since 2006. The Foundation wants young people to get involved in their club and feel that they can contribute to it. Our young players vote for someone aged 11-25 to receive a Young Achiever Award and it’s given to someone they think has contributed to the club. They don’t have to be the best cricketer; it may just be that they have improved at their own level or helped another member or given time to the club and others. The important thing is that they’re recognised by their peers. Our members also get the chance to choose someone aged over 25 who is given a Leader Award in recognition for all they’ve done for our young members.