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What should you look for in a junior sports club or team?
So you have got a budding young sports-enthusiast on your hands. To help them get the best from their sport you may wish to consider enrolling them at a local sports club. There are probably a number of sports clubs in your area that may cater for young people so how do you decide which one is best for your child and how do you know if they're safe? Giving some consideration to the following questions will help you in making your decision:

Is the club accredited by its National Governing Body or Sport England?
Most National Governing Bodies (NGB) of sport operate a Club Accreditation Scheme for junior clubs. The schemes have been put in place to ensure that clubs offer safe, effective and child friendly programmes for juniors. In order to gain accreditation Clubs must demonstrate that they meet the criteria outlined in the scheme. Find out if the club you are interested in has (or is working towards) met the criteria of their appropriate scheme.

Does the philosophy of the club meet with the needs of your child?
Some clubs place a greater emphasis on competition and entering competitive leagues. If your child isn't ready to compete, or doesn't want to compete, then other less competitive clubs may be more appropriate.

Does the club operate in safe environments with safe equipment?
The club should have a member of staff/volunteer who is responsible for maintaining equipment and ensuring its safety. There should also be access to first aid equipment at all training/competition sessions.

Does the club have a child protection policy?
All clubs should have, or be working towards having, a child protection policy; including a statement on, and guidance about, keeping children safe. This should include procedures for when your child is both training and traveling away to take part in matches/ competitions.

Are the coaches and helpers suitable to work with children?
All staff should go through a proper recruitment process including police checks and an up to date certificate from a recognised National Governing Body.. Staff should also have training in child protection and health and safety.

What kind of atmosphere is created during training sessions?
There needs to be a positive atmosphere where children are actively learning and having fun during training sessions. The emphasis should be on action, skill development and fun for all participants, not just for a gifted few. Why not ask if you and your son/daughter can visit one of the training sessions prior to them joining the club.

Southend Rugby Football Club
Type of Club: Rugby
Venue: Warners Bridge Park, Sumpters Way, Southend On Sea, Essex, SS2 5RR

Club Details:
Southend RFC now play in National Division 2, only two levels below the top flight of English rugby. Southend are now one of the top 35 clubs in the country and currently one of the two highest placed clubs in the whole of the Eastern Counties. Home games are staged at Warners Bridge Park on the Temple Farm industrial estate. Old and new support alike is always welcome!

We are looking to attract new young members to the club, particularly in the age range from 6 to 12.

All boys and girls are welcome to come along and give us a try. You don??ᬮ?묢t need to have any experience, just an eagerness to try out a wonderful game. All players must be registered members of the club. The club charges a small membership fee per season.
Membership is ??ᬨ30 for one child or ??ᬨ40 for family membership. We do not charge match fees.

Contact Phone:  01702 546 682   Contact E-Mail:
[ Club Added: Thursday 6th November 2008 ]


Southend Sabers Skaters Hockey Club
Type of Club: Skater Hockey
Venue: Shoeburyness Leisure Centre, Southend on Sea

Club Details: A skater hockey club who has 2 teams, peewee team of kids aged 9-11 and youth team of kids aged 12-14.
Every friday from 7pm until 9pm.

Contact Phone:  Aaron Hawkins 01702 329246   Contact E-Mail:
[ Club Added: Wednesday 3rd September 2008 ]


Southend Scorpions
Type of Club: Basketball
Venue: Shoebury Sports Centre, Shoeburyness

Club Details: We have 3 basketball teams womens, men senior and junior. We also run sessions for u/11s boys and girls on a Wednesday 5-6pm.

Contact Phone:  Moira McCann   Contact E-Mail: via the website
[ Club Added: Wednesday 3rd September 2008 ]


Southend Seaxe
Type of Club: Fencing
Venue: St Saviour's Church Hall, Chadwick Road, Westcliff on Sea

Club Details: Fencing-oriented training sessions with a fully accredited coach from the British Fencing Association. Proud to have been chosen as hosts for the new students fencing society at the university campus.

Contact Phone:  Joanne Reynolds 01702 337608   Contact E-Mail:
[ Club Added: Wednesday 3rd September 2008 ]


Southend Swifts Basketball Club
Type of Club: Basketball
Venue: The Eastwood School, Leigh-on-Sea

Club Details: A predominantly youth basketball club. U14,U16,U18 & Senior female teams; U14, U16 & U18 male teams playing in the England National League. U12 Mixed and Senior Men playing in the Essex Leagues. Training Tues/Wed/Thurs: Matches at weekends: Years 5 & 6 Coaching on Saturday & Sunday mornings 10am ??ᬮ??? 12pm ??ᬮ??? see website for details.

Contact Phone:  Paul May 07767 768440   Contact E-Mail:
[ Club Added: Wednesday 3rd September 2008 ]


Southend Under 11s Athletics Club
Type of Club: Athletics
Venue: Southend High School for Girls

Club Details: Thursdays 6 - 7pm at Southend High School for Girls (term time only).

Contact Phone:  Southend SSP Team 01702 292286   Contact E-Mail: kirkedwards@shoeburyness.southend.s
[ Club Added: Tuesday 2nd September 2008 ]


The Old Southendian and Southchurch Cricket Club
Type of Club: Cricket
Venue: Southchurch Park

Club Details: The Old Southendian & Southchurch Cricket Club holds England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Clubmark accreditation and works closely with the Essex Cricket, the Southend School Sports Partnerships and Schools to promote Cricket development in Southend on Sea.

For the last six years, the Club has provided free Cricket Coaching Sessions in a number of Primary Schools in Southend as part of the “Chance to Shine” initiative. These Sessions were organised and delivered by ECB qualified Club Coaches. The Club fields Youth teams at Under 11, Under 13 (2 Teams) and Under 15 (2 Teams) levels in League and Cup competitions organised by the South Essex District Cricket Board.

In 2013, our squad of Girls played in their own Tournaments and it is planned to field Girls’ Teams again in 2014. The Girls have separate Sessions (Thursdays) set aside for their own Coaching and Practice Sessions each week (for up to Y6 and also for Y7+ in age).

From October to December, Youth (Y1 – Y11) Indoor coaching sessions for BOYS AND GIRLS are held in the Southend High School for Boys Sports Hall on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings

From January to April, Youth (Y1 – Y11) Indoor coaching sessions for BOYS AND GIRLS are held in the Southend High School for Boys Sports Hall on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

From May to July, Youth (Y1 – Y11) Indoor & Outdoor coaching sessions for BOYS AND GIRLS are held either in the Southend High School for Boys Sports Hall or on the Playing Fieldon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

At Senior level for the 2014 Season:
Five Saturday Teams will play in the Shepherd Neame Essex Cricket League
One Saturday Team will play in the T Rippon Mid Essex Cricket League
One Sunday Team will play in the Essex Sunday League and the Warsop Sunday League
One Sunday Team will play friendly fixtures
Indoor Net Sessions are also held for Seniors in the Southend High School for Boys Sports Hall on Sunday afternoons from the end of January until the start of the playing season
Outdoor evening practice will take place during the playing season at Garon Park on a Thursday evening

If you have a son or daughter that would like to learn to play, learn more about cricket at Club Sessions, and play in one of our Teams in 2014, please contact me! All playing gear and equipment is provided; boys and girls only need suitable sports clothing and appropriate footwear.

Contact Phone:  01702 528348   Contact E-Mail:
[ Club Added: Tuesday 9th December 2008 ]


TT on sea Table Tennis Club
Type of Club: Table Tennis
Venue: Westcliff High School for Boys

Club Details: TT-on-Sea Table Tennis club is an English Table Tennis Association registered PREMIER CLUB.

The main aim of the club is for the development and improvement of junior table tennis players. TTOS also has two teams in the Cadet National League and one team in the Southend & District Table Tennis League (SDTTL). Beginners and experienced juniors are welcome (see Contacts).

Venue: Westcliff High School for Boys
Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 0BP

Coaching is available on Wednesdays during school term time.

5:00 - 6.15pm - Improvers

6.30 - 8:00pm - Cadet & Junior Squad

Thursdays during school term time

5.15 - 6.30pm - Developers (incl. Fun TT games)

6.30 - 8.15pm - Pay & Play (any Age - Just turn up)

SDTTL match night is on Mondays at Darlinghurst School at 6.30pm

* * We are looking for volunteers on Wed or Thu eve, including a volunteer coach or assistant coach. If you have a couple of hours to spare on Wed or Thur evening -during school term time -and are interested in helping kids enjoy the sport of table tennis then please email:
Paul (Chairman)
Julie (secretary)

Contact Phone:  Julie Burns - 07951720489   Contact E-Mail:
[ Club Added: Monday 11th May 2009 ]


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