Glasshouse Cricket Club’s dedication to their junior cricketers ensures full cricket potential
Here at Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club (GDCC), we have made significant changes over the past 8 years to heavily invest in our junior club program. Our view is to provide the best cricket experience for our junior cricketers and their families. The club continues to provide a fun, safe, and inclusive program for all levels which allows each individual to reach their full cricket potential.
GDCC provides the complete cricket pathway from entry level programs (Junior Blasters / Master Blasters) right the way through to 1st Grade Men’s / Women’s teams and hopefully into the Sunshine Coast Scorchers at all representative levels.
It is a big task with many moving parts to make this happen, with plenty of dedication from club volunteers. With the introduction of coach development workshops and programs, GDCC has been very lucky to have “grown” our coaching base. We’ve had Mum’s and Dad’s upskill their cricket and coaching knowledge, becoming a very important part of developing our club’s junior cricketers. Further to this, our club coach – Brett Lunt, has been instrumental in the overall development of a lot of our older junior cricketers into the senior ranks.
GDCC also provides a Player Development Program consisting of 4-6 weeks “pre-season” and then 12 weeks “in season”. This is fully funded by the club and organised and run by Andrew Pearce. This program allows those aspiring young cricketers with further training looking at every facet of the game.
Junior cricketers reaping the rewards of what GDCC has to offer
The outcome of this investment into our junior base has started to reap the rewards this season. It’s been incredible to witness this season, a few junior players that started in our Master Blasters 8 seasons ago progress into our senior sides. Curtis McAllister recently made his 1st grade debut at the age of 16 for GDCC and in turn, is the first player to go through the entire junior pathway program at our club from Master Blasters all the way to our Men’s 1st grade side.
Curtis also plays a significant part in the highly successful SCCA Lord’s Taverners team. Whilst Curtis has greater cricketing aspirations, GDCC is very proud to see that all the hard work from the past 8 years is starting to reap rewards for both player and club.
We spoke with Curtis about his experience so far at GDCC and asked him how he felt GDCC had assisted in his cricket development. Curtis said that by providing a good coaching set up and allowing him (and other juniors) to experience both training and playing with the senior players has assisted this process. When speaking about his biggest cricketing influences, Curtis said “Brett Lunt would be my biggest influence. He has helped me heaps with my batting and told me what selectors are looking for in a wicket keeper”. Curtis also mentioned that some of the other positive experiences he’s had at GDCC have been playing cricket with friends and also being able to bat with his Dad last season.
In addition to Curtis, there are another 6 or 7 players who have made the transition from Juniors to Seniors this season which is very exciting. As a club, we will continue to invest in this program to ensure that we continue to grow our club from the bottom up with a long-term view of success.